Polar bear swim statistics

2014 event details          

 Details 2013 2014
Air temperature 4°C / 40°F   6°C / 43°F  
Water temperature 7°C / 44°F  8°C / 46°F  
Weather Cloud / Sun Cloud / Slight drizzle
No. of registered swimmers 2,233 2,550 (new record)
Winner of the Peter Pantages Memorial Trophy 1st: William Vosper
1st female: Nicole Burnham
2nd: Trevor Olson
3rd: Baba Keisuku
1st Sam Cosgrove
1st female: Alanna Dyck
2nd: Trevor Olson
3rd: Stewart Crombie
Polar Bear Swim Club President Lisa Pantages Lisa Pantages
Past President Basil Pantages Basil Pantages 
Announcer Amanda West Bianca Cervantes
Mike Given
Promotion and commemorative buttons Province Newspaper
99.3 The FOX
Vancouver Park Board
Pantages family
Province Newspaper
99.3 The FOX
Vancouver Park Board
Pantages family
P.A. and music 99.3 The FOX 99.3 The FOX
Safety and first aid Vancouver Park Board Vancouver Park Board 

 

Summary by year

 

Year Number of Registered Swimmers Water temperature: Celsius Water temperature: Fahrenheit
2014 2,550 (new record) 46°
2013 2,233  44°
2012 2,200 46°
2011 2,246 (old record) 44°
2010 (90th) 1,876 48° (warmest)
2009 1,588 43°
2008 1,787 6.5° 44°
2007 1,601 46°
2006 1,560 8.5° 47°
2005 (85th) 1,600 48° (warmest)
2004 1,410 6.5° 44°
2003 1,200 46°
2002 1,420 6.5° 44°
2001 1,600 46°
2000 (80th) 2,128 48° (warmest)
1999 1,475 45°
1998 1,365 46°
1997 1,135 5.5° 42°
1996 1,435 46°
1995 (75th) 1,575 5.5° 42°
1994 1,275 46°
1993 953 4.5° 40°
1992 1,544 48° (warmest)
1991 1,200 5.5° 42°
1990 (70th) 1,568 45°
1989 1,202 6.5° 44°
1988 1,903 5.5° 42°
1987 2,038 8.5° 47°
1986 1,990 8.5° 47°
1985 (65th) 1,718 38° (coldest)
1984 2,027 5.5° 42°
1983 2,095 5.5° 42°
1982 1,182 38° (coldest)
1981 2,046 46°
1980 (60th) 1,407 46°
1979 660 5.5° 42°
1978 984 5.5° 42°
1977 670 6.5° 44°
1976 641 43°
 

 

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Glenn Schultz
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Prize Donors

Many thanks to the following companies who donated prizes to the 2014 swim:

  • 99.3 The FOX
  • Aquabus ferries
  • Cactus Club Café at English Bay
  • Kind Energy Bars
  • Movie Lone Survivor
  • Stepho’s Greek Taverna on Davie St
  • Vancouver Park Board

Last modified: Thu, 06 Dec 2012 13:15:36