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Thermals at the ready for swimming in the depths of winter

While people who can think of nothing they”d rather do less on New Year”s Day than jumping into freezing cold water and going for a refreshing paddle, many thousands around the world seem to find the perfect seasonal tonic year after year.

The annual New Year”s Day swim at Coney Island in New York is perhaps one of the most famous in the world, where plucky aquatic types take to the water off the shore of New York”s Brooklyn borough.

Organised by the Polar Bear Club, "the oldest winter bathing organisation in the United States", the New Year”s Day event is the highlight in a regular series of Sunday swims each week from November through to April.

The event is in support of Camp Sunshine, a charity which supports seriously ill children and their families – meaning that while it may appear a daunting thing to do, swimming in the East River on January 1st is a great way of supporting a very good cause.

The club can trace its origins back to 1903, when Bernarr MacFadden founded the Coney Island Polar Bear Club.

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