Carbonear hospital staff exceeds expectations with polar dip
Chilly event in Salmon Cove raised over $5,000 for local food banks
The cool breeze blanketing the beach in Salmon Cove on Feb. 4 made for less-than-ideal conditions when it came to the big polar dip happening that day.
But of course, these people were committed to a good cause, so there was no turning back for emergency room staff from Carbonear General Hospital. Following a short countdown, a dozen brave and lightly-dressed swimmers ran into the Atlantic Ocean, splashed about, and then quickly came back to shore to warm up.
“I don’t know — can’t remember,” Brad Hunt, a registered nurse, told The Compass when asked if it was the coldest experience of his life.
“It wasn’t as bad as I thought, actually,” he then added. “I thought it was going to be much colder. I guess the air temper- ature kind of prepared us for it.
“Having said that, I wouldn’t want to do it again any time soon.”
Saturday’s event raised over $5,000 for the Salvation Army’s food bank in Carbonear and the Helping Hand food bank in Bay Roberts. That figure was the tar-
“I thought it was going to be much colder. I guess the air temperature kind of prepared us for it. Having said that, I wouldn’t want to do it again any time soon.” — Brad Hunt
get goal for organizers.
“We’ll need to aim higher next year,” said Hunt, who hopes to see the polar dip become an annual event.
Paramedics were present at the beach in Salmon Cove to help ensure everyone was OK following the swim.
These two held hands getting into the water (more accurately, one appeared to be dragging the other in) and got out with expressions that said it all.
Brad Hunt, left, makes his way back to shore.
Brad Hunt thanked supporters of the fundraising drive prior to the freezing swim Feb. 4.
The Feb. 4 dip in the water was relatively quick for staff from the emergency room at Carbonear General Hospital.
The man wearing the crown helped a colleague retrieve his hat.