Approximately 50 brave swimmers of all ages got their first big thrill of the new year Sunday during the 23rd annual Polar Bear swim at Transfer Beach. Look for more photos of the event in the January 10 edition of the Chronicle.

Approximately 50 brave swimmers of all ages got their first big thrill of the new year Sunday during the 23rd annual Polar Bear swim at Transfer Beach. Look for more photos of the event in the January 10 edition of the Chronicle.

Polar Bear plunge the first splash of 2012

At a balmy 45 degrees Farenheit, the waters of Ladysmith Harbour provided a bone-chilling start to the new year.