You’ve registered to Plunge and raised your donations to get your Plunge swag. It’s Plunge Day, so now what? Take a look below for what to expect during this exciting event.

How long does check-in take?

We have streamlined our check-in process, but can never predict when crowds will be heaviest. We encourage you to arrive early to check-in on the day of the event and enjoy the Plunge atmosphere. All participants MUST check-in prior to Plunging to turn in funds, receive incentives and receive Plunger access materials to be allowed to the site. Bring all donations with you when you come to check-in. Cash, charge and checks are accepted.

What are some tips to make check-in go faster?

  • Register online. We take registrations on the day of but it’s MUCH faster if you’ve already done the online registration process.
  • When possible, contact us prior to arriving at registration with questions about online donations or issues regarding registration. If questions arise that day, we will do our best to help you with them in a timely manner.

What do I wear to Plunge?

You can wear whatever you want to Plunge – bathing suit, street clothes and even costumes! Take a look at some past plunge costumes for ideas.

Where can I change before and after I Plunge?

We provide separate heated changing tents for men and women. Law enforcement personnel will be at the entrance to monitor the area, but please note that neither the event committee nor Special Olympics New Jersey are responsible for personal belongings left inside the tent that are lost or stolen during the course of the event. Leave items at your own risk. Spectators are not allowed access to the changing areas. 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.

What else should I bring to Plunge?

For the best Plunge experience, make sure to bring the following:

  • A towel to dry off and warm up with.
  • Old shoes, aquatic shoes, etc. 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 incentives, as well as a plastic bag for your wet clothes.
  • 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 Plunge with you. It’s always more fun to Plunge with someone!

How else can I have an awesome Plunge experience?

  • 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.
  • Leave valuables at home or with a spectator. Special Olympics New Jersey is not responsible for items that are lost or stolen.
  • Try not to run out of the water after you Plunge. Keep in mind that everything is wet and slippery.
  • 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.

Contact Us

If you still have questions, please contact us at pbpinfo@sonj.org.