THE NORTH FORK
POLAR BEARS CLUB
Meet the crew of close friends and Long Island locals who embrace taking a weekly ocean plunge—all year long. We spent a weekend with a few of these intrepid souls, going from the welcoming lounge of the Sound View Hotel to a (very) brisk dip in the Atlantic.
“Since I began this cold-water swimming
design architect & transformational facilitator
“The most important thing for me is to have a
water practitioner & sensory immersion artist
For me, cold-water swimming is so many things: life affirming,invigorating, euphoric, adventurous, spiritual—and sometimes quite challenging. It’s a starkly beautiful experience that gives you intimate knowledge of the world around you, and your place in it.
Cofounder of M18 Public Relations, mom to Una & Orson
“I took my first winter swim on a November day and continued to go thereafter
no matter the conditions: wind, rain, snow or blizzard. The practice was a
solitary one for many months. During the pandemic, I promised myself I’d go
daily no matter what—and surprised myself when I followed through.”
“A group of friends decided that we would plunge every Sunday, snow or shine.
When I was out of town, I did snow angels in my swim trunks to show solidarity
with the group.”
“If you’re looking to effect change in your life, getting out of your comfort
zone is imperative—and cold-water swimming will certainly accomplish this.
During the early days of my plunging experience, this phrase would often
rattle around inside my head: Nothing changes if nothing changes.”
—PHIL SCHAPPERT, builder & craftsman
“Cold water brought us together, but this group has become some of my closest
friends and supporters—and vice versa. For all those who are seeking and
searching, cold-water swimming can add so much to your life and well-being.
Pushing yourself to limits you didn’t think possible works wonders for your
physical, mental and emotional health.”
Thinking about taking the plunge?
Here’s what to bring…
Heritage 14 oz. fleece North Fork Polar Bear Club graphic hoodie
Long-sleeve made-in-the-USA Polar Plunge graphic T-shirt
Made-in-the-USA North Fork Polar Bear Club graphic T-shirt
Chunky heavyweight cashmere cable-knit turtleneck sweater
Solid cashmere scarf
7'' breaker board short in floral print
Dock peacoat with PrimaLoft®
Cascade boots in roughout suede
Classic Relaxed-fit jean in Japanese selvedge denim
Heritage 14 oz. fleece sweatshirt
Nordic puffer vest with PrimaLoft