The annual Polar Bear Swim at Rushbrook was a hit on New Year's Day 2016.

The annual Polar Bear Swim at Rushbrook was a hit on New Year's Day 2016.

Polar bear swimmers take the New Year’s Day plunge

Dozens of swimmers braved a quick dip in the chilly ocean water on New Year's Day in Prince Rupert



The boat launch at Rushbrook was teeming with onlookers and swimmers for the annual Polar Bear Swim.

The Rotary Club hosted the event and provided hot chocolate, coffee and hot dogs. A few of the swimmers dressed up in costumes for fun. There was a snowman, a Grinch and even a few cowboys.

Doug Kydd and Keith Lambourne ran the announcements at the swim. They said that there were at least 150 people who showed up and a few dozen who took the icy dip into the water. Participants were between the ages of four and seventy years.

“It’s fast. You get in, you get out. Most people don’t last much longer than probably a minute but it’s a neat event,” Kydd said.