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Photo-Feature: 2024 Polar Plunge

Florida K9 Sports hosted the 2023 Polar Splash

Photo-Feature United Dock Dive at Florida K9 Sports Myakka City, FL. December 2nd-3rd, 2023

A cool weekend at Florida K9 Sports as they hosted the 2023 United Dock Diving Polar Plunge. Dozens of dogs took the leap this weekend at the festive two day event. As we have seen before at FLK9, the competitors and some of the dogs were geared out in appropriate dressing for the Christmas themed event.

Dock Diving

Dock Diving may be one the the U.S.A. most original sports. Although international interest is growing, this is a dog sport born in rural America and first seen by the general public as an oddity on old cable hunting and fishing channels as a novel story piece to break up endless discussions on best camouflaged and newest lures. Since then a few "official" leagues have merged and standardized the game.

When once the docks were actual docks and the dogs were jumping into ponds, todays Dock Diving it typically a forty foot dock and forty foot long by five foot deep pool.

Ever evolving efforts have been made to ensure safety for the dogs competing and some standard of measures to allow for fair competition between various dogs. Every league has their own standards and it is a widely debated topic.

Florida K9 Sports

The Florida K9 Sports in 2022 near Bradenton central Florida. Less than an hour from several dense cities in the lower region just south of Orlando and in the rural farming region surround Myakka, Florida.

Owner Jay Nichols is a lifetime K9 search and rescue handler and trainer, and moved to the state from the upper mid-west with his mobile dock looking for warmer weather and a place to train his focus on games over work with dogs, his real passion.

Wrapping Up

Dock diving provides a great exception and with numerous locations throughout the state and many now embracing the Hero Dogz program to provide special attention to the disabled, 1st responders and military veterans.

Dock diving is fast growing to be a primary game for the lives of both dogs and humans though opening their doors and sincerely caring that you and your pups have full and active lives.

The folks at Florida K9 Sports are heavily connected to the services and have first hand shared experiences that makes this a great opportunity to come get wet with your own Bad Azz Dogz.


More information for disabled 1st responder and military veterans.

Do your dog a huge favor and take them somewhere new!

Our core mission here at Bad Azz Dogz is about his simple idea. Helping disabled 1st responders and military veterans with dogs have full active lives!

Jay Nichols has been on the frontline of Search and Rescue dogs for generations. From the mountains and valleys of the northern plains to Hurricane Katrina in Louisiana. get "gets it".

One notable feature about Jay is his raw enthusiasm and boy like joy of meeting new dogs and introducing them to new things and activities. His word is that he will continue to work towards the benefit of all out dogs, but also stay proactive in providing access to support for our disabled 1st responder and military veterans with their dogs.

The facility has ample shade, water and is mostly level ground. The facility has planned for a wheelchair accessible portable restroom to be available at the next event in September.

Like most docks, the "dock" was not wheelchair accessible, and we continue to work with all the dock locations to hopefully remedy this in the future.

- The venues manager is a disabled vet themselves and can relate on a very personal level to your needs. MORE INFO. BELOW

Location and Contact information is at the end of this article.

We hope to see you and your best furry friends out their this year.

If you have further inquires, please contact us at


Enjoy our very special photo-feature of some Bad Azz Dogz and their humans! SHARE your favorites and please contact us at if a vet or first responder wanting to learn more.


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More Information:

- United Dock Diving

- Florida K9 Sports

43525 Florida 64

Myakka City, FL 34251

(406) 208-9633

As with all events Bad Azz Dogz features, it is the hope you will consider coming out into our amazing Florida Bad Azz Dogz world of fun and activities near you.


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