A Swim With the Coney Island Polar Bears- Brooklyn, NY

a man holding a sign on a beach
While out for dinner last night I came up with a great idea for something to do on New Years Day. Since the weather has been so nice in NY recently, I figured it was time to join the Coney Island Polar Bear Club for their annual New Years Day Swim!
When I brought it up to my wife, she thought it sounded like a good idea since I’ve wanted to do this for a while now. Also, when else is it going to be 50 degrees in January in NY?

a group of people wearing diapers and a hat
New Years Babies
There were many people dressed up and lots of interesting characters wandering around. Quite a bit of media was present as well- taking photos and doing interviews.
a man in a yellow and white striped suit
MetroCard Man getting interviewed
two men standing next to each other
Photo with Man in A Boat
a man standing in front of a group of people
When I got into the water, it was definitely a shock to my body. (I read later on that the temperature was 45 degrees in the water) I got used to the cold water relatively fast and stayed in for a few minutes. It was actually pretty refreshing!
I had a great time and would definitely consider doing the swim again.
a man jumping into the water
Time for a jump
a group of people in the water
All involved seemed to be having a great time. There were hundreds of swimmers and even more spectators.
a man and woman at the beach
Post swim pic with my wife
The New Years Day Swim raises money for Camp Sunshine, a camp for ill children. It cost $10 to register.
For more info about the Coney Island Polar Bear Club, click here
For more info about Camp Sunshine, click here

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