To Join Us as a Guest
for details or more info, email buell@rcn.com

Have you heard about the Club or participated in a New Year's Day swim and want to give it another try?

We welcome guests to join us for one of our regular Sunday 1:00 pm swims, any Sunday between November and April. Guests are permitted to join us for one swim.

To attend, show up any sunday between November and April at the New York Aquarium Education Hall, on the Boardwalk at West 8th Street by 12:30 pm. Bring your bathing suit (duh), a towel and surf boots or an extra pair of sneakers (you really need something to protect and insulate your feet.) and some warm clothes. We also recommend you bring a friend should you need assistance or want your picture taken on the beach. You will be assigned a "buddy" to swim with and must obey all safety precautions prescribed by the Club.

All guests are required to sign a liability waiver.

To Become a Member

FOR THE 2013 - 2014 SEASON, WE WILL BE ACCEPTING 10 APPLICANTS FOR MEMBERSHIP. WE WILL SELECT THE 10 CANDIDATES BY LOTTERY. TO BE A PART OF THE LOTTERY, SEND YOUR NAME, EMAIL ADDRESS AND PHONE NUMBER TO:

BUELL@RCN.COM

PUT THE WORD "MEMBERSHIP" IN THE SUBJECT LINE. ALL APPLICANTS WILL BE NOTIFIED OF THE RESULTS OF THE LOTTERY BY NOVEMBER 9, 2013 BY EMAIL.

ALL MEMBERSHIP OPENINGS HAVE BEEN FILLED FOR THE 2013 - 2014 SEASON. PLEASE CHECK BACK IN OCTOBER, 2014

Selected applicants will be required to:

  • Complete membership application
  • Pay a $25 application fee (non-refundable)
  • Participate in 12 swims within a single season between November and April
  • Submit to approval by the membership. All new members must be voted in by a majority of the membership. Participating in the required 12 swims does not automatically entitle one to membership.
  • Pay annual dues upon approval by the membership to full member status

The privileges of membership:

  • Participation in our weekly swims and other Club activities
  • Use of our changing facilities
  • Full voting rights
  • The right to own and wear the official Club patch
  • Bragging rights to your wimp friends

The responsibilities of membership:

  • Adherence to our by-laws and all Club rules
  • Payment of annual dues
  • Assistance at all Club functions and activities
  • Attend at least 4 swims per season to maintain membership
  • Attend membership meetings

While the Coney Island Polar Bear Club has a policy of non-discrimation, we do assess a prospective member's contribution to Club activites and adherence to Club rules and safety procedures. We may also limit membership to comply with Fire Department regulations regarding the use of our changing facilities and/or the Executive Committee's assessment of the manageability of Club activites from an insurance and safety perspective.

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