Polar Bear Swim to Kick Off the New Year at the Annenberg Community Beach House

December 8, 2021 10:25 AM

UPDATE: Polar Bear Swim Postponed to January 9


Due to inclement weather forecasted for this weekend, the City of Santa Monica’s Polar Bear Swim at the Annenberg Community Beach House is postponed from Sunday, January 2 to Sunday, January 9, 2022. 

While online registration for the event is full, registration for the ocean swim portion of the event is not required. Availability of walk-up passes to the pool and pool deck is anticipated the morning of the event, in limited capacity. Please contact the Beach House with any questions at (310) 458-4904 or beach.house@santamonica.gov.


SANTA MONICA, Calif. – After a one-year hiatus due to COVID-19, the annual Polar Bear Swim returns to the Annenberg Community Beach House on Sunday, January 2, 2022, from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.  Pre-registration is now open!

This unique Santa Monica event for all ages kicks off 2022 with a plunge into the Pacific Ocean and a 300-yard swim around a buoy and continues with access to Annenberg Community Beach House heated pool and amenities. Check-in is at 9 a.m. at the Guest Services office, followed by a short walk to the shoreline with the first plunge for youth at 9:15 a.m. All other ages to follow. 

The Polar Bear Swim is a no-judgment zone; participants can choose to stick their toes in the ocean, take a quick dip, or take a swim around the buoy. Attendees are invited to take photos with event mascot Pat the Polar Bear. 

Registration includes admission to the Annenberg Community Beach House heated pool and hot showers as well as hot chocolate on the pool deck. Regular pool rules apply while at this event. Youth under the age of eight and under four feet tall must be accompanied by an adult in the pool at all times. 

Pre-registration is available online at Polar Bear Swim 2022. In-person registration will be available though may be limited on the day of the event.  

A donation drive for small kitchen and bathroom items to support the City’s 100 HOMES Initiative will also be part of the day. Attendees are invited to bring new and unused items like sponges, dish or hand soap, paper towels, and disinfectant wipes to help individuals transition from temporary shelters in Santa Monica to permanent homes. For more info on the 100 HOMES Initiative, contact humanservices@santamonica.gov.  

For more information about the Polar Bear Swim and the Annenberg Community Beach House, call 310-458-4904, email beach.house@santamonica.gov or visit annenbergbeachhouse.com

The 2022 Polar Bear Swim is sponsored by Gregory Annenberg Weingarten, GRoW @ Annenberg. 


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