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Coney Island Polar Bear Club New Year’s Day Swim

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Happy New Year! It’s New Years Day.  If you’re not hungover on your couch in your sweatpants or similar clothing item than I don’t really want to know you.  There are New Year’s Day brunches to eat and movies to see and weed to smoke so get on with that.  But if you want a different kind of experience head down to Coney Island this afternoon and take a dip in the freezing cold ocean with some of New York City’s most dedicated winter bathers.

Cold enough for ya?

The Coney Island Polar Bear Club is the oldest winter bathing organization in the United States. We swim in the Atlantic Ocean at Coney Island every Sunday from November through April.

NEW YEAR’S DAY: Assemble on the Boardwalk at Stillwell Avenue, Coney Island.

SWIM TIME 1:00 PM SHARP, arrive early.

DIRECTIONS, click here.

BRING WARM CLOTHES, SURF BOOTS OR OLD SNEAKERS,TOWELS AND DEFINITELY BRING YOUR CAMERA. The NYC Parks Department provides changing facilities on the Boardwalk at Stillwell Avenue.

THERE IS NO FEE FOR SWIMMERS OR OBSERVERS, but we encourage all participants to make a voluntary donation to our partner Camp Sunshine

PLEDGE AND PLUNGE: Make a donation to Camp Sunshine and receive a free breakfast and all-day admission to the New York Aquarium

PLEDGE ONLINE: or in person on New Year’s Day,

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