Cold water does not deter Josh Bronson.
Cold water does not deter Josh Bronson. (Handout)

Curious to know exactly how it feels to jump into near-freezing water? Ask Josh Bronson — he's done it as a Polar Bear Plunge participant for the past two years and he's prepping for a third plunge this weekend.

"It can feel like anything from taking ice and rubbing it all over your body [to] being stabbed repeatedly all over your body," said Bronson, 34, who lives in Westminster.


The event benefits Special Olympics Maryland and features the majority of its plunges on Saturday at Sandy Point State Park in Annapolis (for more information, go to Bronson, who works in campus law enforcement at McDaniel College, first got involved because the Maryland State Police are the largest sponsor of the event.

"It's such a great cause, it's hard to not get excited to take the plunge," he said.

Before his now-annual frigid swim, Bronson talked to us about Orioles love, his choice outfit for plunging and more.

Worst pet peeve? Leaving an Orioles game before the final out.

What song/songs are you loving and hating right now? "All I Need" by AWOLNATION and "Madness" by Muse are great songs. Hating: Anything by Justin Bieber.

Last concert you went to? U2 at FedEx Field.

Your worst habit? Procrastination.

Trend that has exceeded its natural lifespan? Twerking.

Last movie you liked and the last you disliked?  "Man of Steel" was great. I'm a huge Superman fan. "American Psycho" was weird.

TV show(s) you can't get enough of? "The Office," "American Horror Story," "Orange is the New Black."

Favorite and least favorite fashion statement? I'm not fashionable, so I wouldn't even begin to be able to answer that question.

Favorite place to get a drink in Baltimore? Fogo de Chao.

Best advice you ever got? When you come to the fork in the road, take it.

Last great meal you had? Alligator Soul in Savannah, Ga.


Plunging strategy? Go hard or go home. It's a plunge, so get to plunging.

Outfit of choice for the Plunge?  McDaniel College campus police uniform shirt, a swimsuit and shoes of some kind.

Favorite thing about Baltimore? THE ORIOLES!!! Let's go O's!!