Plunge Day

Penguin Plunge

You’ve registered, you’ve raised funds, you’ve checked in…now it’s time to PLUNGE!

General Schedule

What to Expect

Plungers can arrive at Hampton Beach anytime after 9:00 am. We recommend that Plungers arrive by 10:00 am if you have not already checked in or by 11:00 am if you have already checked-in.

There are several metered parking lots available along the beach (meters aren’t active during the winter). There are also several parking lots on side streets, as well as behind the casino. If you need to check-in, head to the Ashworth by the Sea Hotel. If you’ve already checked-in, head right to the Casino Ballroom.

Plungers, pampered penguins and their guests relax at the Casino Ballroom before the Plunge. There is music and breakfast items available to enjoy. Alcoholic beverages are available for purchase. At 11:30 am the Costume Parade will take place in the Casino Ballroom.

After the costume parade, Plunger head to the changing trailers located on the boardwalk. Each Plunger will be assigned to a wave (which limits the number of people taking the Plunge at one time) and trailer. Men and women have separate changing areas. We recommend that Plungers do not leave valuables in the changing areas.

Each wave will be called one at a time. When a wave is called, those Plungers move from the casino ballroom to the 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 Plunges into the Atlantic Ocean!

As you exit the water, you will be handed a towel and directed back to the changing trailer. After putting on dry clothes, you can walk across the street to the Casino Ballroom where lunch will be waiting.

After all waves have Plunged, there will be an awards ceremony in the Casino Ballroom. The festivities will end in time for you to make it home for the game.