South Walton Fire District Gulf Plunge 2015 The South Walton Fire District in conjunction with Gulf Place will be hosting the 2nd Annual Polar Bear Plunge on New Year’s Day 2015 at Ed Walline Beach Access. Make a splash on New Year's Day and enjoy a bonfire, music and food... January 1, 2015 Registration starts at 11am at Gulf Place. “Plunge” starts at1pm sharp! Gulf Place is located at the intersection of S. County Highway 393 and 30-A. $20 donation - All proceeds will benefit the SWFD Department Relations Committee (DRC). The DRC purchases fire/life safety educational-promotional items for community based educational programs that are held throughout the year. For more info: Sammy Sanchez at firstname.lastname@example.org or Dave Swift at email@example.com In the event of Red Flag Conditions, the plunge will relocate to the Gulf Place Community Park Pool. Please stay posted to the SWFD Facebook page and website for the most current beach flag conditions. In addition The Gulf Place Facebook page will also carry all the Polar Bear Plunge updates as well. TIPS from SWFD Are you ready to take the "Plunge"? Come join us for the 2nd Annual SWFD Polar Bear Plunge on January 1, 2015. Plungers will be jumping into the Gulf of Mexico to celebrate the new year. So if you think you can handle it....here are some “plunging” tips that will help make your participation more enjoyable! Now, who's in? Do… *Wear your splash ‘attire’ under your clothes - then you won’t have to worry about changing at the beach. *Remember that you will be exiting the water quickly, so do not wear anything that may be heavy when wet. Be creative with your splash attire! *Bring a nice big towel to dry off along with a warm change of clothing to wear when you get out of the water. *Wear tennis or water shoes. Not only is the ground very cold, but your feet maybe numb in the water. *Bring loose fitting easy-on clothing and shoes to change into after the splash. *Bring a plastic bag for wet clothes. *Have a dry partner to take care of your belongings and take pictures while you’re in the water. Don’t… *Don’t splash if you have any heart or serious medical conditions. *No diving or somersaults. The water is maybe shallow! *Don’t show up right before the splash… you may need time to mentally prepare for the splash. *Don’t stay in longer than 15 minutes. Body heat is lost 25 times faster in water than in air. *Don’t drink alcohol prior to the splash. Despite what you think, alcohol does not warm you up it accelerates hypothermia. *Don’t forget to smile and have fun!