CFMETR Polar Dip 2023

Polar Dip run by Derrick Dendl

Jonathan Lanteigne
CFB Esquimalt Station 4 CFMETR

Canadian Forces Maritime Experimental and Test Ranges (CFMETR) personnel in Nanoose Bay were invited by CFMETR’s own Fire Department to take part in the range’s first-ever Polar Dip on Nov. 23 and 24.

Armed with big smiles and Santa hats, members plunged headfirst into the chilly waters of the Pacific Ocean in support of mental health and physical well-being. Afterwards, hot chocolate and warm apple juice by the toasty fire were a fitting reward for the teeth-chattering ‘polar bears.’ Proceeds from the event were donated to the National Defence Workplace Charitable Campaign (NDWCC).

The 13 members participating in the Polar Dip were invigorated by the cold water, which stood at a shivering 7.6 degrees C. Laughter and cheer filled the air from those who braved the cold water, and from all who came out to support and encourage them.

Group shot by Nicole Glutek

Some members enjoyed the cold-water plunge so much that they opted for a second round without hesitation to support other members attempting their first dip, exemplifying esprit de corps.

CFMETR’s inaugural Polar Dip was such a success that hopes of making this an annual event are high. The expectation is that this event will draw others to participate and experience the thrill and benefits of cold-water therapy on the mind, body, and soul.

Thank you to everyone who participated and showed support for this great event. See you all on the beach next year!


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