Tag: sports

Safety First at the Polar Plunge

January 1st might be National Polar Bear Swim Day, but Saturday, February 18, 2017 is the day to mark on your calendar. It is the one day of the year when you can watch perfectly reasonable human beings – attorneys, firefighters, high school students, engineers and retirees – purposely walk, jump, skip or even swish into frigidly cold water. For ten years this wild behavior has been going on. And all to benefit Special Olympics.

http://soindiana-rod.org/polarplunge/

Whether the skies are sunny or the snow is blowing, folks will head out to Versailles State Park for the annual Polar Plunge next month. However, before any of the participants can enter the lake, local divers cut through 9” of solid ice to clear the plunge area.

BEACON 2013 MarApr WtrRscDearborn VSP Lake1

Between the preparation and the start of the event, emergency personnel check and recheck their gear while experienced divers drink plenty of water and relax.

Every dive demands pre-planning, training and focus. The water rescue team outfits each rescue truck with everything necessary for all kinds of emergencies including dark water, swift water and ice rescues.

 

BEACON 2014 MarApr WtrRscDearborn Equipment3

Gear like these lines and chain saws are tested frequently and maintained scrupulously to ensure the safety of the divers and the person – or animal – being rescued.

BEACON 2014 MarApr WtrRscDearborn VSP Dive Prep9

 

Each diver is only one part of a large, cohesive team. Even getting dressed properly requires a group effort.

 

Testing gear, communicating with the team and being alert are three vital aspects of any dive.

 

 

 

 

BEACON 2014 MarApr WtrRscDearborn VSP Dive4

 

Clearing the Polar Plunge area of debris that can injure a participant, or impede a rescue is an ongoing process.

 

 

 

 

BEACON 2014 MarApr WtrRscDearborn VSP Dive1

The divers share a bond that is difficult to describe. Words like ‘family’, ‘brotherhood’, ‘tight’ cannot define the shared life and death experiences these men and women face regularly in and out of the water as part of the Team.

Everyone has a job to do – from hauling gear, drying lines and inspecting the dive site.

BEACON 2014 MarApr WtrRscDearborn VSP Meghan ThrasherBEACON 2014 MarApr WtrRscDearborn VSP WORKER1

Once in the frigid water, the team does another sweep before getting into position.

BEACON 2014 MarApr WtrRscDearborn VSP Dive Prep20BEACON 2014 MarApr WtrRscDearborn VSP Dive2

Almost ready …

 

Use BEACON 2014 MarApr WtrRscDearborn VSP Dive44

Another successful, safe – and fun – Polar Plunge!

To learn about upcoming Polar Plunges in your area, please visit:

http://www.specialolympics.org/Calendar/Polar_Plunge_Events.aspx

To learn more about Rescue Diving, please visit:

http://www.rescuediver.org/Classes/rd-stand.htm

H is for Homerun – Vintage Baseball

There is something about baseball – real baseball. Not the mega-million-dollar, made-for-TV broadcasts.

This is baseball at its finest, where the cranks (also known as fans) can breathe in the fresh grass  while experiencing that satisfying thud of a fly ball hitting a outfielder’s bare hand for the final out.

These gentlemen players are just that – gentlemen who play the game without swearing, without brawls, without dirty tricks. The visiting team will cheer on the home town guys. When any player makes an impossible catch seem effortless, both dugouts applaud – as do the spectators.

It is worth seeking out these games, and taking all generations. Grandparents might remember stories about locally famous players; younger children will see true sportsmanship in action, and everyone will have a wonderful afternoon together.

For more pictures of the

Belle River Baseball Club and the Batesville Lumbermen

playing vintage baseball,

please visit Creatzart.com

Thank You.