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Cool School Dip

Saturday, March 9th

You've registered, you've raised money, you've checked-in...
now it's time to DIP!
Dippers can arrive at the Margate any time after 12:30 pm. We recommend that Dippers arrive by 2:30pm.
Dippers and their guests (all must have wristbands) relax at in the Margate before the Dip.  At 3:00 the Costume Parade will take place.
After the Costume Parade, Dippers head to changing areas located inside the Margate. There are three separate changing areas (male, female and faculty/staff). Dippers are assigned to a wave (which limits the number of people taking the Dip at one time) during check-in. We recommend that Dippers do not leave valuables in the changing areas.
Each wave will be called separately. When a wave is called, those Dippers move from the changing area to a staging area on the beach where the countdown begins. You should bring only items that you will take with you into the water into the staging area. When the timer hits zero, the wave runs down the beach and Dips into the Lake Winnipesaukee!
As you exit the water, you will be handed a towel and directed back to the changing area. After putting on dry clothes, you can walk to the Dip Party where soup and hot comfort foods will be waiting.
After all waves have Dipped, there will be an award ceremony.


  • Top Dipper (dipper who raises the most money)
  • Top School (school that raises the most money)
  • Top Fundraising School (school with at least 5 Plungers with the highest per plunger average)
  • Best Individual Costume
  • Best Team Costume

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What should I bring to the Dip?
Warm, loose clothing to change into after you Dip. We strongly recommend Dippers wear sneakers and wool socks into the water. There’s no need to bring a towel as one will be provided to you upon exiting the water.
Do all Dippers dip at the same time?
No. Dippers are grouped into waves consisting of about 30 Dippers each. A Dipper's wave is determined by number of years that person has dipped. All schools are grouped into the same wave.
  • What happens after the Dip?
The Dip Party takes place right after the Dip. Food and music are provided. Costume and fundraising awards are presented.
  • Can I bring guests to the Dip Party?
Each Dipper may receive two wristbands (one for the Dipper and one for a guest) that allow entry to the Dip Party. Additional wristbands are available for $20 each. Space is limited and wristbands will be sold on a first come first served basis. Only registered Dippers and guest with wristbands are allowed into the Dip Party.
  • Where is the best place for spectators to watch the Dip?
Spectators are welcome to stand along the outside perimeter of the fence line designating the official “Dip Zone” in order to watch the action. Spectators are not allowed entry into the changing areas or Dip Zone.
Why can’t my friend/relative go to the water with me?
For the safety of all participants, spectators are not allowed to enter the Dip Zone, which is the fenced-off area on the beach. We know this is disappointing for supporters who want to see the action up close, but these crowds of spectators create a hazardous situation for Dippers who are trying to enter and exit the water quickly, only to find that they are being blocked – or worse, pushed back – by a large group of enthusiastic onlookers.
  • How far into the water do I have to go?
That is completely up to you! Some people dip a toe into the icy lake while others dive right in.
  • What wave will I be in?
Your wave is assigned based on he number of years you've been dipping.  Every member of a team will be assigned the same wave (based on the Dipper in your flock who has dipped for the most years).
  • Can my friend be in the same wave as I am?
Yes!  Make sure you and your friend are registered as members of the same team and then you'll be in the same wave.