Brave souls head for the bone-chilling waters of Double Bluff Beach at the Polar Bear Dive of 2018. It happens again Tuesday. (File photo)

Brave souls head for the bone-chilling waters of Double Bluff Beach at the Polar Bear Dive of 2018. It happens again Tuesday. (File photo)

Watch out for polar bear plunging Tuesday

Double Bluff tradition dives into 2019

On Tuesday, New Year’s Day, roads around Double Bluff County Park may be affected by vehicles and pedestrians attending the Polar Bear Dive between 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

In particular, S. Double Bluff Road, between E. Shore Ave. and Millman Road in Freeland may be congested, warned event sponsor, South Whidbey Parks and Recreation District.

No closures of roads are expected, but drivers should expect congestion and are asked to exercise caution along these routes.

“South Whidbey Parks and Recreation District apologizes in advance for any inconvenience the event may cause and appreciates the public’s patience during this annual event,” a press release stated.

There’s still time to join in the traditional cold water plunge to start 2019. Nearly 200 swimmers are expected. Registration opens at 10:30 a.m. The big splash is at noon. Swim at your own risk; there’s no lifeguard on duty.

A $15 registration fee includes shirt (while supplies last), hot drinks and a chance to help Island County 4-H Teen Leadership Club, which benefits from the annual event.

Register in advance online by December 29th to avoid lines on the day of the event.

Visit www.swparks.org for information.

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