Along with diving, the club will also host its very first Polar Bear Paddle this year. Paddling will be a “cooler” approach to tackling the New Year with a 2-mile guided canoe or kayak paddle, according to O’Dell. The paddle will begin at 11 a.m. on New Years Day, departing from the Lanier Canoe and Kayak Club dock and passing under the Clarks Bridge Road, around an island at Limestone Cove and returning to the dock in time for the Polar Bear Plunge.
“We are really developing our recreational aspect of our club so this is another offering for the community,” said O’Dell. “You don’t have to be an elite paddler to paddle at the club.”
Registration for the dive or paddle is $ 20. To do both, or to rent a boat, registration is $ 30. Participants can register in line or in person on the day of the event.
Check-in and on-site registration for paddle boarding opens at 10:30 a.m. and for swimmers only at 11 a.m.
As usual, there will be several categories for which entrants will be judged and awarded including the youngest and oldest swimmers, best costume, biggest splash and biggest family group. Additional awards will be given to those who do both paddle and dive.