If you’ve spent any amount of time on social media this past year, you probably are aware that the hottest fitness trend right now is all about getting cold. We’re talking, of course, about the now iconic cold plunge. Yes, the plunge that comes with a whole slew of benefits (more on this later). And turns out it now comes with a ton of prizes too, thanks to SKA Thermal Spa.

As Calgary’s only urban thermal spa that brought hydrotherapy indoors, SKA needs no intro whatsoever. With its top-notch facility, an impressive line-up of services and exceptional results, the spa is a top choice for anyone looking for a calming and rejuvenating oasis.

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And this oasis has taken it upon itself to educate Calgarians on the countless benefits of a cold plunge. To do so, they are inviting you to take on the cold plunge challenge. And one lucky winner can win prizes worth $1100.

Yes, we’ve got you covered with all the details about the cold plunge, its benefits, the challenge and the prizes. Let’s tackle these, one at a time–

The Cure-All Plunge

For the uninitiated, a cold plunge is exactly what it sounds like. You submerge your body in cold water that is 0° Celsius or less. This cold dip decreases your core body temperature and that in turn results in a ton of health benefits. This includes improved mood and sleep, decreased inflammation, faster injury recovery, reduced aches, increased dopamine levels and many more.

In addition to the physical benefits, the practice can also improve mental health. The plunge helps build mental resilience and teaches us to deal with extreme situations. This drastically improves our capacity to tackle any stressor.

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Photo via SKA Thermal Spa

The SKA Thermal Spa Cold Plunge Challenge

To help you experience some of these benefits firsthand, the SKA Thermal Spa is hosting a Cold Plunge Challenge on Sunday, June 4th from 5:30 PM to 9:30 PM. The challenge is simple, a group of people will submerge in cold water and the person who can stay in the longest wins.

There will be four groups of 15 people each. Later that evening, the top four participants from each group will then compete for the ultimate night out prize package.

Given that there are limited spots, you will need to register to reserve your spot. The registration fee is $50 and includes two drinks.

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Photo via SKA Thermal Spa

The Big Win

The winner of the final round is obviously the winner of the challenge. And the winnings include a perfect night out pack. Think Leela Eco Spa gift card for $250, a Barbarella Bar gift card for $250, a one-night stay at Westin Hotel and a Limo ride for up to 1 hour.

The one-night event will include a live DJ, complimentary drinks and full access to their event lounge after the hour until 10:30 PM. You will also have a chance to enjoy the rest of the Hydrotherapy room with sauna, hot pool, steam and locker room.

If you’ve been meaning to give the cold plunge a try, now is the best time to do so. For one, you get to win big. And for two, you can try it in a professional setting with expert guidelines on how to go about it. It’s time to round up the squad and (swim) suit up people!

Head over to the link below to sign up for the challenge.


When: Sunday, June 4th, 2023 | 5:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Where: 638 11 Ave SW Unit 117, Calgary
Cost: $50