Sitka’s ‘Polar Dip’ participants issued temporary insanity certificates

Temperatures in the twenties, and a brisk north wind once again failed to deter more than 200 Sitkans from taking the plunge this Saturday at the annual Polar Dip. With much skin showing, the enthusiastic herd thundered down the ramp at the University of Alaska Southeast campus at high noon, into ocean water of a little over 40 degrees. Although many dippers submerged entirely, most got wet-to-the-chest, to qualify for a “certificate of temporary insanity” issued by qualified mental health professionals. KCAW student reporter Caitlin Woolsey brings us a frigid audio postcard.

Caitlin Woolsey, KCAW – Sitka

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