The 2009 Lobster Dip at OOB

Happy 2009!

My friend, Jason Pooler, and hundreds of other hardy Mainers went swimming in the icy ocean today. The 17 knot wind made it feel like -17°C.

It was the 21st Annual Lobster Dip at Old Orchard Beach to benefit Maine Special Olympics. I had a lot of fun. So did everybody else. Enjoy the photos.

Yes, that is ice.
Yes, that is ice.

Sea water freezes at approximately -2.2°C, depending on the salinity.

Ice at Old Orchard Beach
Ice at Old Orchard Beach

A smashed lobster pot illustrates well how cold it was this afternoon.
A smashed lobster pot illustrates well how cold it was this afternoon.
Are they dippers or just dips?
Are they dippers or just dips?
Lobster Dip at High Noon
Lobster Dip at High Noon
Safety divers monitored the dippers
Safety divers monitored the dippers
This woman was a lot of fun
This woman was a lot of fun
Beach bum bumps
Beach bum bumps
Lobsters or dips?
Lobsters or dips?
Nobody lingered for more than a few seconds
Nobody lingered for more than a few seconds
Is it cheating to return to the beach with dry hair?
Is it cheating to return to the beach with dry hair?
The palm trees aren't fooling anybody
The palm trees aren't fooling anybody
King of the Crazies
King of the Crazies
There were plenty of safety personnel on hand, bundled up snugly
There were plenty of safety personnel on hand, bundled up snugly
Like many of the best things in life, it was over only seconds after it began
Like many of the best things in life, it was over only seconds after it began

The Lobster Dip was a great time. I don’t think I’ll ever do the dip, but I’ll probably be back to photograph the event and cheer on my fellow Mainers.

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    1. Crystal Archibald says: Reply

      Im a 16 year old who swims competivly and i really want to do this next year! how do u go about that? i want to do it soooo bad!

      1. Crystal – Thanks for the comment. Why “monkeygirl”? I read a book by that title last year. You should definitely get in touch with @jasonpooler for more deets on the Dip. He’ll be able to answer all your questions.

  2. Jason Pooler says: Reply

    Thanks Brent! This blog rocks. I wish I could have had my camera with me, but I think it wouldn’t have made the weather or water. I will write in my blog and link it to yours. You’ll have a lot of hits here.

    Thanks again and you will be doing it next year!

  3. @Jason – If I do it who will take the pictures?

  4. Jason Pooler says: Reply

    This is true!

  5. Those people are loony! That includes you, Jason. ;-) Of course I would have done it if I, uh, didn’t have to stay home and, um, watch the girls so Brent could go take pictures.

    Nice collections of photos, Brent. The ice and the goosebumps certainly reveal the frigidity of the weather.

  6. Jason Pooler says: Reply

    @Kirsten I’m a bit crazy. But when can you raise over $200 for a 10 second dip. I love it and makes me feel great. Although I was cold the whole day.

  7. Linda @ Special Olympics ME says: Reply

    Thanks Jason, for participating in the Dip and collecting pledges, and thanks Brent for supporting your friend! Great photos! If you go next year, we’d love to have you email us some of your photos! We had our most successful dip EVER! Raised over $52,000!

  8. Interesting and cool (NPI) photo story, Brent. Thanks

  9. Brent……damn i wish i had done the dip in OOB this year….the last 4 yrs..i have done it there…did it down in Kennebunk this year….shoot….graet pics…i love them!!

  10. i agree…..i love to make a little bit of money for the charity….and i love the hot food The Brunswick serves us CRAZIES!!!!

  11. when i was younger..i used to think the Polar Bear Club people were crazy..and i would never jump in that ocean…….now..i have joined the ranks of the nucking futs……..it is a great thing to do to start the new year…i am addicted to the jump in the ocean……..there is nothing like freezing for charity!! hahahaha

  12. Sharona & Pat McLeod says: Reply

    Thanks for making a nice illustration for our friends in Egypt (The Country) who sponsor us so generously each year, but can’t begin to imagine how truly cold it really is, except for the few we have actually brought with us. This will be our 10th year (2010). We always raise between $1000 & $2000 and combine it with our fellow dippers from AMVETS Post 25.

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