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New Year's Day plunge 2017

New Year's Day plunge

Saturday 7 January 2017 Photo

The New Year's Dive in Ostend was organized in 1987 for the first time. A polar bear club from Deinze asked the Ostend municipality to make an exception to the prohibition to swim in the North Sea during winter period. Nowadays more than 6,000 polar bears brave the cold water, this event has by far become the largest polar bear dive in the country.

During the New Year's Dive, all the participants brave the cold North Sea water to freeze the hangover from the New Year festivities and enter a new healthy year. Some polar bears are dressed in the craziest costumes when they venture into the North Sea. It may be that you come across a familiar face in bikini or swimming shorts...

Location: Strand t.h.v. De Drie Gapers

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Other events in Oostende

Wednesday 10 — Tuesday 16 August 2016
Evening market
Every Sunday in July and August
Sand Sculpture Festival
Saturday 25 June — Sunday 4 September 2016
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