Cold can't stop polar bear dip participants in Port Dover

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"The body loses more heat in water than air", White said.

"Even if it's 60 degrees and sunny, how much time do you really want to spend in freezing water?" Some say taking the icy dip gives them an adrenaline rush, or clears their head.

Those with high blood pressure should also consult a physician beforehand; the cold temperatures cause a significant spike in heart rate. "Our event does have a lifeguard present, unlike some other events".

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Cold can't stop polar bear dip participants in Port Dover

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At around 11 a.m., the 37-year-old Scipio native waded through the slush and ice until he was waist deep in the water.

"It's Chicago. You got to enjoy the cold - embrace it", said Mike Sinnow, who came out to plunge. Since then, it's become a New Year's Day tradition for families living in the village, as people gather outside St. Patrick's Church on Main Street to watch those courageous enough to "bear" it. It isn't a planned plunge but it's open and stays at 62 degrees all year.

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