• There are heated changing tents available for participants. Separate men’s and women’s changing areas are available, but spectators are not allowed access. If an individual needs to be accompanied for a certain reason, please explain to the law enforcement at the entrance of the tents to gain access.
  • We do our best to keep our Plungers warm as long as possible. This means staying inside our heated changing/staging areas until its time to Plunge and limited the number of people in these tents.
  • We do our best to keep the hole at a comfortable depth so that you don’t have to go under unless you want to. Ice and water conditions are never a guarantee, but know that we are trying to make it as painless and as fun as possible! (For adults, the water will not go over your head unless you try!)
  • Trained Dive Team and EMTS are at the Plunge hole for assistance for those who aren’t strong swimmers or if anyone needs assistance.
  • At pre-check-in and day-of check-in, Plunge volunteers will have access to all donations made online to your account. Any donations mailed in to the State Office are also included in this total.
  • Plungers are responsible for bringing all offline donations (cash, checks) to check-in so that they can receive credit for those funds.

What to Bring

  • A towel to dry off and warm up with
  • Old shoes, aquatic shoes, etc. All Plungers must wear shoes to Plunge. You’ll have to walk out on the ice and sometimes wait a moment for others to jump, so please wear a pair of shoes that you don’t mind getting wet. Don’t forget to bring a pair of dry shoes to wear afterwards!
  • A duffel bag, backpack, garbage bag, etc. It’s a good idea to bring a bag for dry clothes and your Plunge incentive as well as a plastic bag for your wet clothes after you’ve Plunged.
  • Dry replacement clothes. After you’re done Plunging, it’s nice to have some warm and dry clothes for the journey home.
  • Another Plunger. Recruit a friend, family member, co-worker or acquaintance and get them to take the Plunge with you. It’s always more fun with friends!

Check In Tips

  • Team captains may check in their team members if:
    • all team members have registered online (if not, participants will need to register themselves and sign a waiver on site)
    • they have all cash and check donations from every team member (checks can be written out to Special Olympics Minnesota)
    • they have desired incentive and size for every team member
  • If you completely check in at pre-Plunge check-in, you will not need to check in on the day of the Plunge and can arrive just before your Plunge time.
  • If your team captain signed you up for a later Plunge time (if offered), be sure you have attended check-in by the time Plunges begin.
  • Once you have claimed your incentive, we cannot adjust to a different item at a later time. Please be sure you are finished with your fundraising efforts before checking in.
  • All participants must check in prior to Plunging to turn in funds, receive their incentives and receive Plunger access materials to be allowed to the site.

Safety Tips

  • All Plungers must wear shoes. Secured footwear is preferred—no flip flops!
  • Do NOT dive or flip into the water. This is a safety precaution for all Plungers that is strictly enforced by the Dive Team.
  • We advise you not to Plunge after drinking alcohol. Intoxicated people will not be permitted to Plunge.
  • Wear a costume that’s appropriate and non-discriminatory. Anyone wearing an offensive costume won’t be allowed to Plunge.
  • Leave valuables at home or with a spectator. Special Olympics Minnesota is not responsible for items that are lost or stolen.
  • Try not to run out of the water after your Plunge. Keep in mind that everything is wet and slippery. Be careful as you make your way to the changing tents.

Miscellaneous Tips

  • Wear your Plunge costume right under the outfit you wear to the event. This way, you don’t have to worry about changing and can stay warm longer!
  • Bring along warm clothes to wear after you Plunge that are easy to put on. The last thing you want to deal with when you’re cold and wet are clumsy zippers and buttons!
  • Carpool. Parking can be crowded, so help us out by coming as a group. Take advantage of Plunge shuttle services if they’re available!
  • Invite a friend to watch, take pictures and hold onto your dry stuff for you.