Grab a towel and think warm thoughts because the University of Bridgeport’s Health Sciences Department invites you to join them in barreling into the frigid Long Island sound on Friday, February 2 for the third year in a row, in honor of World Wetlands Day 2018.

With similar plunges taking place all around the world, the date marks 47 years since the adoption of the Convention of Wetlands on February 2, 1941 on the shores of the Caspian Sea. World Wetlands Day is celebrated each year to raise awareness around the importance of urban water resources, which help to sustain ever-growing metropolitan communities.

UB’s College of Naturopathic Medicine took an interest in the event in 2015 as a fun and different way to demonstrate hydrotherapy, all while shining light on an important global cause.

With some light snow possible for Friday morning, organizers are hoping to take advantage of the warmest part of the day, with the quick dip commencing at 12:15pm sharp. However, an expected high in the low 30s means they likely won’t see much relief.

“Regardless of the weather, we hope to welcome even more adventurous participants this year,” said College of Naturopathic Medicine Dean Dr. Marcia Prenguber, who will be braving the elements alongside her students and colleagues. “We hope this boast-worthy event carries on for years to come, and becomes a long-standing UB tradition.”

Daring dunkers and spectators can visit http://www.worldwetlandsday.org/welcome to learn more about World Wetlands Day and check out other registered plunges across the globe.

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