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Monday, November 1, 2021 - Monday, January 31, 2022

Take the plunge & Keep Swimming

As the temperatures in Southern Arizona begin to drop; you know what that means… The Polar Bear Challenge is back! We know it can be hard to stay motivated. Join one of the Polar Bear Challenges on the Y Mobile App to compete with other Y members across the city!

Show your support,
Join the Polar Bear Club

When you join the Polar Bear Club, you will receive a custom shirt to let everyone know you accepted the challenge to brave the cold! Wear it proudly to show your support for the YMCA of Southern Arizona and help motivate others to keep swimming!

Click here to pre-order your shirts for $10

Each of the below challenges will run from November 1, 2021, until January 31, 2022, and have a total number of miles (or calories to burn) to achieve in order to complete the challenge.

2022 Polar Bear Challenges


  • Swim 1 mile (33 laps) per week
  • Total of twelve miles


  • Swim 2.25 miles (74 laps) per week
  • Total of twenty-seven miles


  • Swim on average 5 miles (162 laps) per week
  • Total of sixty miles

H20 Fitness:

  • Attend 2 classes per week
  • Burn a total of 6,000 calories

For pool hours visit the desired location here. To see when the next water fitness class is scheduled visit the group exercise page here.

In order to ensure a safe environment for all, we are continuing to use the reservation system on the Y Mobile App for lap swim and water fitness. You are able to register 48-hours in advance but please remember to cancel at least 1-hour prior to your reservation if you are no longer able to attend.