Dip Information

Join us on January 1 and jump into a hole in the ice at the lake by the Elbow Valley Residents Club in SW Calgary. We’ll be there with in-water helpers (in insulated suits) and shore support, including emergency medical personnel and a lot of verbal encouragement!

Register for the event, help us raise funds for a great cause and enjoy bragging rights for 365 days until the next Icebreaker Polar Dip.

If jumping into freezing water is not your thing, check out the Distance Dip option. You can still participate and make a difference! Find out more by expanding the menus below.

Polar Dip Information

WARNING: There are risks associated with going into a pond on January 1 anywhere in Canada. The temperature of the water and the surrounding environment may be extremely cold. You should consult your physician prior to engaging in this event. Individuals who are pregnant, or have poor cardiac functioning, or suffer from a seizure disorder should not participate. You must be 18 years of age or older to participate in the Polar Dip.

How to Register and Fundraise:

  1. Registration is super-easy; click “Register” and provide a username, email address and display name (which will be used for your personal profile page). We’ll immediately send you an email with lots of good information:
    • A password to access your personal profile page
    • A waiver form which you MUST have checked off online when you registered.
    • Fundraising information including how to access and edit your personal profile page, a pledge form and a sample fundraising email.
    • The registration fee is $25 per Dipster. This will help offset the cost of this event ensuring more of your fundraising dollars go straight to the SA Foundation’s projects.
    • Every Dipster is encouraged to do their best to raise a minimum of $500. Funds raised will help support the SA Foundation’s three recovery homes for Moms and Children in Vancouver, Nepal and Greece. (Since it’s inception, SAF has consistently operated under 12% of net revenue in administration and fundraising costs combined).
  2.  Create a profile. You must create a profile to be listed under the “Donate” page. This will make it easy for your donors to find you. Sign in and where it says “Howdy” in the top right corner, click Edit My Profile. Here you will be able to:
    • Upload a picture of yourself
    • Set a fundraising goal
    • Provide a brief message so people know who you are and why you are doing the dip!
    • Change your password.
  3. Are you part of a team? To join a team:
    • Email naomi@safoundation.com your Team Name and the full names of team members.
    • Register/sign in together on the 1st.
    • As a member of a team, donors can make donations in your name and it will be credited to both you and your team.
  4. You are good to go! Spread the word by sharing your personal profile page by copying the URL that appears when you click MY PROFILE on your page. Paste the URL into your social media platforms, such as Facebook, Twitter and Google. As mentioned above, we’ve come up with a sample fundraising email, but you may well want to create one on your own that reflects your own dipster personality! Challenge videos get a lot of mileage. Create a 1 minute video, tag and challenge your friends to either Dip with you or Donate.
  5. Like the Calgary Icebreaker Facebook page or @calgaryicebreak on Twitter for daily updates. Please share our posts with your friends and help us spread the word about this great event and worthy cause.
  6. If you have any queries regarding registration, please contact us at register@calgaryicebreaker.com.

What to do on Dip Day…

  1. Check out the message feed on Facebook and Twitter to catch any late breaking news before leaving for the dip site. Check your emails, make sure you allow emails from naomi@safoundation.com and info@icebreaker.com
  2. Before leaving home:
    • Dress-up! There is a prize for the most original, outrageous Dipster outfit. Come colourful, come creative but please keep in mind that this is a family event and the sensitive nature of the SA Foundation’s work. Modest is hottest!
    • IMPORTANT! Wear an old pair of shoes or “aqua socks” to wear into the water to stop your feet from sticking to any snow or ice on the shore. Shoes are extremely important especially if you plan to run to the hot tub (about 100 feet from dip site). Make sure they are shoes that won’t come off in the water.
    • Bring a cover up, such as a parka or warm house coat, that you can keep on until you dip, and that you can put on quickly after the dip. Do not strip down to your costume or swim suit until it’s time for your dip.
    • This year we will have hot tubs, which are 100 feet away (closer to the club house than the dipping spot). Bring a pair of flip flops or slippers if you are planning to use the hot tub (for coming out). You will appreciate these to slip on when you get out of the hot tub to get into the clubhouse to change into dry clothes.
    • If you wear glasses, make sure to bring a strap to secure them so you won’t lose them in the pond. Same for Go-Pro.
  3. Arrive at the dip site by 12:00pm to ensure you have time to register. All dipsters will need to register. Teams register together.
  4. Visit the registration table in the Elbow Valley Residents Club to:
    • Turn in your pledge form with any funds raised, if you have. Please make sure your donors’ information is legible or we cannot guarantee a tax receipt.
    • Pick up a dipster wrist band.
    • Check in your post-dip towel or bathrobe. This is what you will be given when you exit the water.
    • Receive your CIB2017 swag!
    • Take lots of selfies #dipordonate #calgaryicebreaker #endslavery
    • Meet downstairs in the clubhouse at 12:45 pm for final instructions
    • Late comers will not be allowed to register after 12:45pm.
  5. CLOTHING/CHANGING. You have two options. Option #1. Leave your change of clothes in the Residents Club in the designated changing areas. Leave valuables in the car or with a friend. Only wear basic clothing on top of your costume to walk down to the dip site i.e. jacket, toque and of course the shoes you will wear to dip. When you come out of the hot tub your clothes are inside waiting for you. Option #2. Carry everything down to the dip site. This option works well if you do NOT plan to run up to the hot tubs after. Change and leave your clothes in the heated mens/ladies tents provided at the dip site. After dipping you run back to the tent and change there. Nice and toasty.
  6. DO THE DIP! 1 pm
    • Make a splash and smile!
    • No flips or diving.
    • Friendly divers in dry suits will help you safely and swiftly exit the cold water.
    • Icebreaker volunteers will meet you on-shore and will be ready with the towel or bathrobe you checked in at registration.
    • Head over to the men’s or women’s heated change tents and get changed in comfort, or run up to the hot tubs to dip again – in warm water this time. YOU WILL WANT SHOES ON FOR THIS UPHILL WALK!
  7. After the dip plan to stick around for snacks and prizes! Bring $5 if you want to purchase a Spolumbo’s sandwich. Other complimentary snacks and hot beverages will also be provided. Please stay and meet the other Dipsters. We have lots of prizes.

Frequently Asked Questions:

  • Q: Will you go ahead with the dip regardless of the temperature and weather conditions?
    A: Yes. Some of us will, regardless. Don’t feel pressured to dip if the weather conditions are outside your personal “comfort” zone.
  • Q: Will there be medical people on hand?
    A: Yes. Limited but qualified emergency staff will be on hand.
  • Q: Is it cold?
    A: YES!
  • Q: Can children participate?
    A: Not in the dip, (must be 18 and up) but they are welcome to come and cheer you on and witness your courage.
  • Q: What if I have more questions?
    A: Please contact us at info@calgaryicebreaker.com or call/text 1-403-681-4002 or 1-403-636-1419.
Distance Dip Information

What’s the Distance Dip?

Not going to be in the Calgary area over New Years? No problem! Do the Distance Dip. The Distance Dip is a great Icebreaker tradition. You design your own whacky event. Our motto:

“If you’re Cold, we’re Cool”!

Here are some ideas:

  • Pour a bucket of ‘cold’ water over your head (we invented the ice bucket challenge!).
  • Skate in your bathing suit.
  • Roll in the snow after an après ski hot tub.
  • Go out your back yard with the kids and have a snowball fight in bathing suits:
  • Have somewhere else to dip? Go for it!

You can do whatever you like, whenever you like (as long as it is completed by New Years Day). Just be sure to document it with a video or photographs. Send them to us and we’ll post them on our website.

Check out this link for a truly whacky video of a family that did the Distance Dip in England last year. What a hoot! (Only in Britain, you say? Pity!)

Your checklist for the day:

  1. Dress up in something eye catching. Be colourful, be creative.
  2. Do something COOL! You can complete your Distance Dip any time before January 3.
  3. Document your Distance Dip and send it to us any time before January 3 via Twitter (@calgaryicebreak), or email info@calgaryicebreaker.com

How to Register and Fundraise:

  1. You do NOT have to register if you just want to do the Distance Dip and share it on social media. We do recommend you register IF you want to help fundraise.
  2. If you choose to register, click “Register” and provide a username, email address and display name (which will be used for your personal profile page). We’ll immediately send you an email with lots of good information:
    • A password and link to access your personal profile page
    • Fundraising information including how to access and edit your personal profile page, a pledge form and a sample fundraising email.
    • Their is no cost to register for the Distance Dip.
    • All funds raised this year will help support the SA Foundation’s three recovery homes for Moms and Children in Vancouver, Nepal and Greece. (Since it’s inception, SAF has consistently operated under 12% of net revenue in administration and fundraising costs combined).
    • Upload a picture of yourself
    • Set a fundraising goal
    • Provide a brief message so people know who you are and why you are doing the Distance Dip!
    • Change your password.
    • Join a team:
      1. Once you have registered as a Dipster or Distance Dipster, sign in by clicking the “LOG IN – REGISTER” button on the top right side of calgaryicebreaker.com, entering your username and password. This will take you to your profile page.
      2. On the profile page click “Edit my profile”.
      3. On the edit Profile screen click “My Team” on the top left side of the page.
      4. If you are joining an existing team simply select the Team Name from the drop-down box at the top and enter the Password for that team (which you can get from another existing member of the team). Click “join team”. You are now a member of that existing team and your profile name and picture will show on the team page.
      5. If you want to set up a new team, fill out the information under “Create a team”. Click “Create team”. Once the team is created you will be able to upload a Team Photo.
      6. As a member of a team, donors can make donations in your name and it will be credited to both you and your team…or they can donate directly to your team. Create a profile. You must create a profile to be listed under the “Donate” page. This will make it easy for your donors to find you. Sign in and where it says “Howdy” in the top right corner, click Edit My Profile. Here you will be able to:
  3. You are good to go! Spread the word by sharing your personal profile page using the Facebook, Twitter and Google+ links on your page. You’ll also find the direct link to your page, which you can copy into emails. As mentioned above, we’ve come up with a sample fundraising email, but you may well want to create one on your own that reflects your own dipster personality! Challenge videos get a lot of mileage. Make a short 1 minute video and challenge your friends and family to either dip with you or donate.
  4. If you have any queries regarding registration, please contact us at register@calgaryicebreaker.com.

Frequently Asked Questions:

  • Q: Will I get cold?
    A: You should! At least a little.
  • Q: Can children participate?
    A: In the Distance Dip only, yes!
  • Q: Do I need to sign a waiver?
    A: Not for the Distance Dip. You’re on your own!
  • What if I have more questions?
    A: Please contact us at info@calgaryicebreaker.com or call 1-403-681-4002

Important Dip Day Information

Below is important information on:

1. Where to go,

2. What to bring, and

3. What to expect on Dip Day.

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1.  Where to go: 

Elbow Valley Residents Club (scroll over to see map and get directions) to 100 Misty Morning Drive, Elbow Valley. 

Park in the lot (or get dropped off at the Residents Club building. Volunteers will be on hand to give parking assistance. Parking is limited. Carpool or plan on walking. 

Proceed to the Residents Club building to register. Enjoy a coffee on us. Once you have registered, and left the items as outlined below, you will be given further information about where to go.

If you like you can stay in the Clubhouse until 12:45 pm when all Dipsters will meet at the dip site. Or if you are bringing kids/family there will be games for kids with Breaker the Bear from 12 noon – 12:45 pm by the playground. 

2.  What to Bring!

  • Your costume for dipping
  • A large towel
  • *A thick towel / bathrobe/ parka that you’ll put on immediately after the dip (and you don’t mind it getting a little wet)
  • *Pledge form with money and cheques collected (make sure donor info is legible) 
  • Toque, gloves, anything else you want to put on immediately after the dip
  • Optional: think of a one (1) line intro (written out) that will be read before you jump (you will submit this at registration) 
  • A pair of shoes or aqua socks to be worn to get you to, in, and out of dip. (No flip flops or anything else that would come off in the water.)
  • If you’ll be wearing glasses, a strap to secure them during dip. Same goes for GoPro.
  • **Optional – for hot tub users – sandals or slippers to get from hot tub into the clubhouse (assuming you won’t want to put your freezing dip shoes back on).
  • **Your friend – especially for hot tubs users

[Note: All items with an asterisk (*) will be handed in at the Registration table. Your post dip item (towel/robe/ parka) will be ready for you when you come out of the water.]

[Note: All items with two (**) asterisks, are for those who plan to use the hot tubs before changing into street clothes.]

3. What to Expect on Dip Day:

January 1st – before leaving home – Check out the message feed at www.calgaryicebreaker.com  or https://www.facebook.com/calgaryicebreaker or @calgaryicebreak to catch any late breaking news before leaving for the dip site.

3.1   Before leaving home:

  • A large towel or a bathrobe or parka will be your best friend afterwards. You will check this in at the Registration table. This item will be be waiting for you when you exit the water. (Please limit this to one item.) I cannot stress the bathrobe or parka enough, especially IF you are going to walk up to the hot tubs (see Instructions for Hot Tubs, below).
  • CLOTHING/CHANGING. You have two options. Option #1. Leave your change of clothes in the Residents Club in the designated changing areas. Leave valuables in the car or with a friend. Only wear basic clothing on top of your costume to walk down to the dip site i.e. jacket, toque and of course the shoes you will wear to dip. When you come out of the hot tub your clothes are inside waiting for you. Option #2. Carry everything down to the dip site. This option works well if you do NOT plan to run up to the hot tubs after. Change and leave your clothes in the heated mens/ladies tents provided at the dip site. After dipping you run back to the tent and change there. Nice and toasty.
  • Clothing tips – Don’t wear so much when dipping that it slows you down. A bathing suit and light costume is plenty. Anything long i.e. capes, veils, long skirts will go over your head. Keep in mind, this is a family friendly event – MODEST IS HOTTEST. See our past videos for great costume ideas: http://calgaryicebreaker.com/gallery/
  • Dress-up! There is a prize for the most original, outrageous Dipster outfit. Come colourful, come creative! Wear this UNDER your clothes. You do not need to undress until just before it’s your turn to dip. The key is to stay warm while you wait!
  • Prizes will be given after at the Clubhouse for: #1 most funds raised #2 best costume #3 best dip intro #4 best dip (safe) entry #5 best team entry #6 best distance dip so be sure to stick around
  • Dress for the outdoors! Plan to wear layers that you can put on quickly after the dip (i.e. a dry parka, hat, gloves, boots, long underwear, fleece, etc.). Stay away from cotton, which does not wick moisture away from your body.
  • Make sure to bring an old pair of shoes or “aqua socks” to wear into the water to prevent cuts from the rocks and to stop your feet from sticking to any snow or ice on the shore (remember the frozen tongue on the pole?). DO NOT wear flip-flops, which will come off in the water. Protect your feet! That will help a lot. Also, you will need to keep your shoes on if you are planning to walk (run) to the hot tub.
  • If you are going to hot tub, bring a friend to hold items and jockey them to the hot tub site and into the nearest changing area afterwards.
  • Tell your friend (who is holding items) and any other friends you’ve brought, that they must stay in the viewing area during the dip.
  • If you wear glasses, make sure to bring a strap to secure them so you won’t lose them in the pond. Same for Go-Pros.

3.2   Go to the Dip Site:

LOCATION! Elbow Valley Residents Club Address: 100 Misty Morning Drive, Elbow Valley. From the intersection of 69th St SW & Hwy 8: Head west (7.2 km); Turn left at lights on Lott Ck. Blvd. (0.4 km); Turn right on Lott Ck. Dr. 1.6 km. Follow the road as it winds, go past Fisherman’s Bend. It is your next right, Misty Morning Drive.  Volunteers will be on hand to direct parking.

Important: Arrive there by 12:00 noon to ensure you have time to register.

3.3   Register at the Clubhouse and:

  • Hand over your signed waiver form (if you haven’t already submitted it via email info@calgaryicebreaker.com). Remember: We MUST have your signed waiver before you can take the dip. We will have blank ones available.
  • Get a Dipster wristband. Wrist bands are to identify that dipsters have signed the waiver and are fully registered.
  • Turn in your pledge form with any funds raised (donor contact info must be legible for a tax receipt).
  • Get your dip number on your hand. This is important because this IS the order number in which you’ll dip. If you plan to dip in a group, register together in a group. (Groups should be kept fairly small. Only 2 at a time can go up the stairs out of the water.)
  • Hand in to Registration your towel or bathrobe. This item will be waiting for you as you get out of the water. (The number on your hand will correspond with the number on the bag that has been provided for your item.) Your change of clothes, you will take down yourself and put in one of the tents for after unless you plan to hot tub, see Hot Tub Instructions, below.
  • Submit your one line introduction IF you have not already emailed this to the Registrar or posted it on your profile page. This is what will be announced before you jump. It can be your age, the number of times you have jumped, why you have jumped, or who you are jumping with. Keep it short, please. One line only will be read!

3.4   Go to the Dipster area and stay warm.

  • We’ll give you last minute instructions on site. The first Dipster will lead off at 1:00pm sharp (if all is well). We do move fairly quickly, so be ready to undress quickly when instructed. We will try and give you a 5 minute heads up when you are to be “on deck.” Please instruct your viewers to stay behind marked areas.

3.5   Do the Dip!

  • Make a splash and smile! NO DIVING! (The water is only about 4 feet deep.)
  • Friendly divers in dry suits will help you safely and swiftly exit the cold water. There may be steps to exit the dip area that will accommodate two people climbing out at the same time (with others close behind!).
  • You do NOT need a helper this year. We will have volunteers help you out of the water, give you your towel/bathrobe and help you back to the changing tent. However, if you plan to use the hot tub, have your friendon stand by with your stuff to run with you to the hot tubs (see Hot Tub Instructions, below).
  • You can dip together with a friend! Caution: if more than 2 people are dipping together, it may take a bit longer for everyone to get out quickly. (Generally best for 2 people to dip at a time.)

3.6   Congratulations!

You are now a veteran Dipster! Please plan to hang around and cheer on the other dipsters and stay for the post-dip party at the clubhouse. Snacks and hot drinks will be provided afterwards. Spolumbo’s sandwiches will also be available to purchase for a suggested $5 donation (pls bring cash). Prizes will be given out in the upper level of the clubhouse for those who won the prize categories, a half hour after the last Dipster, plan to hang around.

Bring your kids along, get your picture taken with Breaker the Bear. We will provide coffee, hot chocolate, light snacks for Dipsters, Dipster families and volunteers.  Find colouring activities for the kids upstairs in the Clubhouse. Feel free to bring other activities for the kids. There is also a playground for the kids, if it’s not too cold.

Help us promote the event by posting your pictures and selfies with Breaker. Use hashtags #calgaryicebreaker #cooltobecold #dipordonate #safoundation #oldguysinaction

3.7   Hot Tub Instructions

There are three, 6 person hot tubs located beside the clubhouse. This is about 300 feet from the dip site and changing tents (but easy access to the clubhouse). IF you want to hot tub right after your dip, this is what you need to do:

  • Follow steps 3.1 through 3.3, above;
  • Give your friend the rest of your personal items (other than what you handed in at registration) for changing into after the dip, as well as the sandals or slippers that you will wear from the hot tub into the clubhouse.
  • Once you have done the dip, as per items 3.4 & 3.5 above, volunteers will help you out of the water and hand you your own towel/ bathrobe, then …
  • Walk (run) up to the hot tubs (about 300 feet away). Be sure you are wearing good shoes for the dip so that you can carry on up to the hot tubs without stopping.
  • Meet your friend at the hot tub or have them walk/run up with you. You will have communicated to this friend earlier that they will need to be there with your dry clothes for changing into. You do not want to waste a minute afterwards.
  • Important:Remove shoes before entering hot tub. (Have your friend ensure they are collected for you.)
  • After soaking and warming up, you can change in the clubhouse. Have your friend give you your sandals or slippers for the walk into to the clubhouse.

Important: Please be courteous in the length of time you spend in the hot tub if there are others waiting to get in. Thanks!

(You may be asked by volunteers – or desperate dippers – to make room if you’ve been in there awhile.)

See you on dip day! If you have any questions, call or text any of the event organizers:

info@calgaryicebreaker.com

Naomi Holland, Project Coordinator for SA Foundation 1-403-636-1419

Ann Potvin, volunteer for Old Guys in Action 403-681-4002

Ross Weaver, co-founder of OGIA and event organizer 403-651-0005