Thousands of daring swimmers took the plunge in freezing temperatures for the annual Polar Bear Swim.
Those were the chants of some of the brave swimmers who took the plunge in this year’s 97th annual Polar Bear Swim.
A crowd of up to 15,000 people showed their support for those taking part in the chilly challenge on English Bay.
Miriam Soet has started off each New Year with a swim for the past 20 years.
“It feels you’re re-energizing all your batteries or something. It’s like a jumpstart. You feel really good after you come out, it’s hard to go in though.”
— Niamh (@NiamhAnderson) January 1, 2017
— Marsha Gabriel (@mgabrielGlobal) January 1, 2017
It was veteran Terry Beckingham’s 40th year taking part in the chilly challenge.
He remembers the first time he took the plunge in 1977.
“Just on a whim, I dropped a friend off at the airport with my girlfriend. We came down and I said, ‘I want to go try it.’ So I dropped a gear and went in that year, I wasn’t prepared. It’s refreshing, I enjoy it.”
Many swimmers chose to come in fancy dress with Darth Vadar, Super Man and Batman all taking part.