MMA freshmen make their traditional welcome plunge

Published: Sep. 14, 2020 at 6:12 PM EDT
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CASTINE, Maine (WABI) -The new freshman class at Maine Maritime Academy got a refreshing welcome to campus by taking a 40-foot plunge yesterday into frigid waters off the “State of Maine.”

The tradition in Castine originally started as a training exercise for Coast Guard students.

Now, they invite all the freshmen to join the jump.

The college president encourages them to take the plunge by volunteering first.

Spectators were allowed to join virtually this year to avoid large crowds due to coronavirus.

Staff say it’s a bonding experience for the new students and one they’ll never forget.

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