Polar Bear swim in Sidney (Beth Rand‎ Photography)

The annual Vancouver Island Polar Plunge is almost back!

Officers from multiple police departments and other law enforcement agencies will be heading over to Willows Beach in Oak Bay and taking the icy dip at 11 a.m. on February 16th.

The objective? To raise funds and awareness for Special Olympics BC’s year-round health, youth, and sports programs for people with intellectual disabilities.

“VicPD officers are excited to be part of the Polar Plunge again this year,” says Victoria Police Department Chief Constable and BC LETR Executive Council member Del Manak.

“We’re looking forward to braving the cold waters in support of Special Olympics BC and the tremendous work they do in enriching the lives of individuals with intellectual disabilities by providing them with opportunities to celebrate personal achievements through positive sport experiences.”

Victoria Police will be joined by members of Central Saanich Police Service, Oak Bay Police Department, RCMP, Saanich Police Department, B.C. Sheriff Services, Canada Border Services Agency, and The 5th (British Columbia) Field Artillery Regiment.

The law enforcement officials will be plunging alongside Special Olympics athletes, corporate teams, and anyone else who wants to join – individuals and teams can sign up at www.plunge4specialolympics.com.

Last year’s Polar Plunge raised over $30,000 for Special Olympics BC.

These funds go towards supporting the organization’s high-quality programs and competitions for more than 5,200 athletes in 55 communities around the province.

Those who don’t quite want to traverse into icy waters but still wish to help can volunteer by sending contact details to mishida@specialolympics.bc.ca or make a donation to the Polar Plunge.

2020 Vancouver Island Polar Plunge

  • When: Sunday, February 16th. Check-in at 10 a.m.
  • Where: Willows Beach, Oak Bay