When you have about 50 people who all voluntarily choose to brave hypothermia and common sense to dive into the Southern Ocean, then you’re going to have some epic reaction shots. Here are the best of those shots from my Antarctic adventure … ala Antarctica Polar Plunge Reactions
In the end, taking that leap of faith and doing out Antarctic Polar Plunge was part of the bucket list experience. Gearing up with your mates, yelling and amping yourself up and screaming into the camera and jumping into an almost freezing ocean was a highlight of the trip. When I belly flopped, I got a lot of air and flat bellied into the icy waters with the ease of a dinosaur. That being said, going back the second time, was a little more of an ego thing … but for the one tiny Filipino crew member who just jumped out, swam to the dinghy and then swam back … he was the Iron Man of that plunge.
Facing your fear is also part of the excitement … the anticipation of the cold and shock to your system … I had thoughts race through my heads. Has anyone had a heart attack from this? What if I jump in and instantly freeze and cramp up? I had no idea how I would react to the cold water but the fear of embarrassing myself was also super high on the list.
With most people, as they hit the water, the feeling of losing your breath and panic made it a little scary, but after the initial shock, most people got it done and moved on!