Taking the plunge - a freezing start to Family Day
by Sandy Lindsay

February 14, 2017

Sports - Lifesaving

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It's that time of year gain when the Saugeen Shores Lifesaving Club (SSLC) gets ready to take the plunge ... the Polar Bear Dip, a freezing start to Family Day.

The Dip is the SSLC's biggest fundraiser of the year.  The athletes are taking pledges and donations are also accepted at the Dip site at Port Elgin Beach.  All proceeds go toward equipment and training for the athletes.

Michael Bohnert, Aurora Jacobi and Maddi McNeill present at deputation to Town Council

SSLC has represented Saugeen Shores at several international events and the sport of lifesaving has continued to growth since its inception in 2009.

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Senior athletes coach or volunteer as officials or in the equipment crews at competitions for younger members and as mentors for new athletes on the beach in the summer.

In 2016, last summer, over 80 athletes from five to 65, trained on Port Elgin main beach.  "All athletes are taught water safety above all else and the dangers of open water," said three of the Cub's members.

The athletes hope everyone will come out on Monday morning at 10:00 a.m. watch as they leap into the frigid waters of Lake Huron at Port Elgin's Main Beach.

The 2016 Polar Bear Dip

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