The Polar Bear Plunge at Seaside presented by New Jersey Law Enforcement as part of the year-round fundraising of Law Enforcement Torch Run® events, is a unique opportunity for individuals, organizations, and businesses to support Special Olympics New Jersey athletes by jumping into the frigid Atlantic waters during February.

Virtual Plunge

Virtual Plungers are encouraged to participate as an individual or with friends, family, and colleagues. As a Virtual Plunger, you will fundraise and receive the coveted Plunge sweatshirt but will have the ability to be creative and film your own Plunge at home by April 17th. If you have registered for the virtual Plunge, you will receive all earned incentives via mail to the address provided at registration.

How do I become a virtual plunger:

  1. REGISTER: Sign up to be a virtual Polar Bear Plunger!
  2. PLUNGE PREP: Decide how you want to complete your virtual plunge. Will it be water balloons, a kiddie pool, super soakers…be creative.
  3. FUNDRAISE: Use our tools and resources to bring in donations.
  4. FILM YOUR PLUNGE: Film yourself plunging at home. View our best practices to assist in your filming.
  5. SUBMIT YOUR PLUNGE: Upload your amazing virtual plunge on our website and/or on Facebook!

Virtual Plunge Options:

Here’s your chance to get creative.

  • Bucket of ice water
  • Super soakers
  • Water balloons
  • Sprinkler run
  • Kiddie pool/Swimming pool
  • Ice bath
  • Water hose spray

Filming Best Practices

In our new virtual world, the demand for video and digital content has increased exponentially. By now, we are sure that you have the hang of video recording, but if you are still new to the whole video thing, keep the following tips in mind when filming your Virtual Plunge at home!


Frequently Asked Questions

How old do you have to be to Plunge?

There is no age requirement to participate in a Polar Bear Plunge. Young children are welcome to join, but that decision is left to the sole discretion of the child’s parent or guardian. A waiver is included in the online registration process, and it must be approved or “clicked,” by an adult. Those under 18 years of age are required to have a parent or guardian present at the event. If you do not register online, paper waivers are available at registration, as well.

I have a group of people that want to Plunge together. Can we form a team?

Yes! Forming a team is a great way to motivate one another to raise more money for Special Olympics New Jersey. When registering, select the “Create a Team” option. Teams must consist of at least ten Plungers.

What is the minimum amount that I need to raise to participate in the Plunge?

ALL PLUNGERS must raise a minimum of $100. If plunging as a team, ALL TEAM MEMBERS are still required to raise at least $100. Charitable contributions are non-refundable, and the minimum plunge requirement is considered a contribution, and therefore, non-refundable.

What incentives are available to participants who raise more than the $100 minimum?

Our participants look forward to the awesome Plunge gear every year! Please take a look at our incentives page for the levels based on individual fundraising goals.

Contact Us

If you still have questions about the Plunge, contact us at