Around noon, the students gather at athletics club PAC. The day starts with an explanation about Yes Theory. This is an American YouTube channel on which the video makers call on people to take a positive view of life and to step outside their comfort zone. The idea is that students will be inspired to set goals for 2020. To reinforce those recent resolutions, at around one o’clock they dive into the water.

This Polar Bear Dive organised by student associations Erasmus Extreme (for extreme sports) and Extraordinary Life aims to encourage students to step outside their comfort zone.

While some are keen to return to the warmth as soon as possible, others take a second dip in the Kralingse Plas. After a while, some of these daredevils have lost any feeling in their limbs. Which is understandable: it’s only 3 degrees outside.

Check out the images of that cold Saturday

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The day started with a short theoretical session about the Yes Theory and (getting out of) your comfort zone Image credit: Amber Leijen
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‘Get out of your comfort zone”, the hosts encouraged. One promptly took off his shirt, the other host started a rap. Image credit: Amber Leijen
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Both hosts are very proud of each other Image credit: Amber Leijen
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In procession, the students walked to the beach of the Kralingse Plas. There the students got off their clothes. Image credit: Amber Leijen
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Final mental preparation before they hit the cold water Image credit: Amber Leijen
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One part of the group wants to heat up quickly, the rest runs back into the water. Image credit: Amber Leijen
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The real tough guys still stay in the water Image credit: Amber Leijen
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Back in clothes quickly Image credit: Amber Leijen
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And then: hot chocolate Image credit: Amber Leijen
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