Polar bear swim statistics

Event details

Details 2015 2016
Air temperature 6°C / 43°F 3°C / 38°F
Water temperature 8°C / 46°F 8°C / 46°F
Weather Sun Sun
No. of registered swimmers 2,310 2,110
Winner of the Peter Pantages Memorial Trophy

1st male: Gareth Jones
1st female: Marissa Hunter
2nd: Lawrence Lam
3rd: Chris Anderson

1st male: Gareth Jones
1st female: Stephanie Duncombe
2nd: Lawrence Lam
3rd: many ties
Polar Bear Swim Club President Lisa Pantages Lisa Pantages
Past President Basil Pantages Basil Pantages
Announcer Mike Given
Rheanna Neil

Maranda Guzzo
Tyler Miller

Promotion and commemorative buttons CFOX radio
Vancouver Park Board
Pantages family
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Pantages family
P.A. and music CFOX Radio KISS Radio
Safety and first aid Vancouver Park Board Vancouver Park Board

Summary by year

Year Registered swimmers Water temperature
2016 (96th) 2,110 8°C / 46°F
2015 2,310 8°C / 46°F
2014 2,550 (new record) 8°C / 46°F
2013 2,233 7°C / 44°F
2012 2,200 8°C / 46°F
2011 2,246 (old record) 6°C / 44°F
2010 (90th) 1,876 9°C / 48°F (warmest)
2009 1,588 6°C / 43°F
2008 1,787 6.5°C / 44°F
2007 1,601 8°C / 46°F
2006 1,560 8.5°C / 47°F
2005 (85th) 1,600 9°C / 48°F (warmest)
2004 1,410 6.5°C / 44°F
2003 1,200 8°C / 46°F
2002 1,420 6.5°C / 44°F
2001 1,600 8°C / 46°F
2000 (80th) 2,128 9°C / 48°F (warmest)
1999 1,475 7°C / 45°F
1998 1,365 8°C / 46°F
1997 1,135 5.5°C / 42°F
1996 1,435 8°C / 46°F
1995 (75th) 1,575 5.5°C / 42°F
1994 1,275 8°C / 46°F
1993 953 4.5°C / 40°F
1992 1,544 9°C / 48°F (warmest)
1991 1,200 5.5°C / 42°F
1990 (70th) 1,568 7°C / 45°F
1989 1,202 6.5°C / 44°F
1988 1,903 5.5°C / 42°F
1987 2,038 8.5°C / 47°F
1986 1,990 8.5°C / 47°F
1985 (65th) 1,718 3°C / 38°F (coldest)
1984 2,027 5.5°C / 42°F
1983 2,095 5.5°C / 42°F
1982 1,182 3°C / 38°F (coldest)
1981 2,046 8°C / 46°F
1980 (60th) 1,407 8°C / 46°F
1979 660 5.5°C / 42°F
1978 984 5.5°C / 42°F
1977 670 6.5°C / 44°F
1976 641 6°C / 43°F

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Glenn Schultz
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glenn.schultz@vancouver.ca