Alki Polar Bear Swim: Cool way to start the year

Pix of this morning’s swim, courtesy of Dan E (thanks!):



Water temperature, by the way, was 48 degrees (warmer than the air, though!).


Also happening on Alki this morning – Harleys gathering for their annual New Year’s ride, south through Burien and on to Federal Way. Video of that in our next post; meantime, a few more Alki Polar Bear pix from Dan E:




7 Replies to "Alki Polar Bear Swim: Cool way to start the year"

  • James Egan January 1, 2008 (5:02 pm)

    Good lord that looks freezing! I don’t care if the water is warmer than the air; we don’t walk around Lincoln Park wearing speedos, and when you get out the windchill factor must make it like Iceland! What would possess these people to do this? Are they crazy?

  • grr January 1, 2008 (6:26 pm)


  • Mrs L. January 1, 2008 (7:33 pm)

    I think this is GREAT! How do I join??!!

  • Sage K January 1, 2008 (11:50 pm)

    Wish I’d known about it. I would have joined the fun. going in is the hardest part but the xhilaration is fabulous when you come out.

  • WSB January 2, 2008 (1:34 am)

    This gives us the opening for a gratuitous plug of our Events page (see tab in the navigation bar) … it’s got absolutely everything we know about, for months to come, fun stuff as well as serious stuff such as Design Review meetings, neighborhood group meetings, etc. (the Polar Bear swim had been there since we got the press release last week). The only happenings that don’t make the Events page are some of the shows (live music, etc.) at regular venues which instead are featured in the West Seattle Weekend Lineup that we publish every Friday. OK, end of gratuitous plug :)

  • Michael January 2, 2008 (11:41 am)

    isn’t the water polluted around here!!! Theres huge pipes that drains right into the sound around Lincolm Park and Alki, you can smell it too!!!

  • m January 2, 2008 (2:09 pm)

    Hey, don’t knock it until you’ve tried it! I’m a polar bear veteran, and the colder the air temp is the warmer the water feels when you get in. Wearing foot booties is key though. Without those it’s pretty painful on the feet.

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