This was the first time I've checked out the annual New Year's Day Polar Bear Swim and no, I did not jump in the ocean. I'm not insane
The Vancouver swim is one of the oldest (93rd year) and largest in the world. The weather was about 6 degrees Celsius today and the water temp was 7.
i participated in a polar bear swim once in churchill, manitoba. for their swim, it was on july 1st as there was still ice on hudson bay! made it out to my chest in maybe 2 degree water to get a flag for a relay.. won't forget that day!
Thanks for the comments
The Vancouver swim is one of the biggest but usually the swims that other cities have relate it to a charity event, as opposed to a New Year's Day event.
And although it's still relatively warm in Vancouver, that water is pretty darn chilly, still. I wouldn't know, though, as I'm not going to do it anytime soon. I just take the photos