It isn’t the Arctic but it sure feels like it when you’re in a bathing suit in the middle of February on Lake Huron. The water temperature was 1C and the air was -9C but that didn’t stop students from Saugeen District Secondary School (SDSS) from taking the plunge on Monday, February 18th (2019).
It was the annual Polar Dip FUNdraiser with almost 20 students taking part. Most of the students belong to the Saugeen Shores Lifesaving Club (SSLC) and anyone who participated had to have at least a ‘bronze’ swimming certification. The swimmers gathered pledges and, althouth a final total is not yet in, it is rumoured that they raised almost $7,000.
Saugeen Shores Fire Department was on hand, and in the water, to ensure everything ran smoothly but, first, they had to break through the ice to create a ‘plunge pool’ at the Port Elgin harbour.
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