Join us for the 115th Annual Coney Island Polar Bear Club Plunge!

***Please note online registration is now CLOSED but on-site registration begins at 10am on 1/1/19!

Taking place on January 1, 2019 at 1pm sharp on the world famous Coney Island Beach is the 115th Annual Coney Island Polar Bear Club Plunge.  All swimmers should meet at the Boardwalk & Stillwell Avenue.  This year's plunge will raise funds for the Coney Island community to create a more sustainable and cleaner environment as well as improve quality of life for residents.

Info about the Plunge:

  • No fee to participate but we encourage donations & fundraising for your plunge!
  • Registration starts at 10am, recommend that all plungers arrive no later than noon
  • Registration is at Stillwell & the Boardwalk
  • We recommend bringing old sneakers or surf boots for your plunge!

There is no fee for swimmers but donations are encouraged and you must register in order to participate.  There is no donation required to register online, but we encourage donating a minimum of $25.  You can register and pledge here or onsite New Year’s Day morning after 10:00am and all participants should arrive by noon to go through registration and meet-up with any team members.  ALL participants whether pre-registered or registering day of must go to the registration area to get their wristbands to participate.

Bring warm clothes, surf boots or old sneakers, towels and definitely bring your camera! The NYC Parks Department provides changing facilities on the Boardwalk at Stillwell Avenue.

Plunge for a Cause!

This year, we are raising funds to support the Coney Island community including the New York Aquarium, Alliance for Coney Island, Coney Island USA, Coney Island History Project and other local arts and history organizations.  Coney Island is a neighborhood of 50,000 with a poverty rate close to 30% and is situated right on the Atlantic Ocean. 

Six years after Superstorm Sandy, the Coney Island neighborhood continues to recover. The Alliance is focused on ensuring residents have an improved quality of life through their supplemental services and workforce development programs.

Funds raised will support workforce development programs for local residents to connect them to job opportunities and neighborhood services, as well as help increase their advocacy for clean water and educate the public about waste.

We need your help to do this work! Please register or create a team and spread the word about this fun & charitable event!

** Please note that children under 18 years old must register the day of the event and have their parent or guardian present to sign the waiver.

DIRECTIONS: We strongly encourage that plungers take mass transit:

Via Subway
D, F, N or Q to Stillwell Ave. Station

Via Brooklyn Buses
B36 | Coney Island/ Avenue U)
B68 | Brighton Beach/ Windsor Terrace)
B74 | Sea Gate/ Coney Island)
BB2 | Gravesend/ Starrlet City) Via Manhattan Express Buses
B28 | Bensonhurst/ Midtown)
B38 | Bensonhurst/ Midtown)

If driving, please use google maps for directions.  There is limited on street parking on West 15th Street & West 10th Street.  Parking is also available at Gargiulo's Restaurant for $10.  To get directions to Gargiulo's, please click here.


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