Saturday, March 11th
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 9am. We recommend that Dippers arrive by 10am if you have not already checked-in or by 11am if you have already checked-in at one of our remote check-in sites.
Dippers and their guests (all must have wristbands) relax at the Casino Ballroom before the Dip. There is music and drinks are available for purchase. At 11:30 the Costume Parade will take place.
After the Costume Parade, Dippers head to the changing areas located in the Margate. There is a separate changing tent for each wave. Dippers are assigned to a wave (which limits the number of people taking the Dip at one time) during check-in. Men and women have separate changing areas. 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 Dip into 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.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do all Dippers dip at the same time?
Where is the best place for spectators to watch the Dip?
Why can’t my friend/relative go to the water with me?
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 on your team who has Dipped for the most years). People who have been Dipping the longest will be in Wave A.
Yes! Make sure you and your friend are registered as members of the same team and then you'll be in the same wave.