More than 1,200 intrepid bathers made the dash into the ocean at Coney Island, wearing everything from bikinis to Santa suits, as thousands of spectators cheered from the beach during the annual New Year's Day swim.

The Polar Bears, who were used to braving wind, snow, and subzero temperatures on the Coney Island beach, were instead treated to a balmy 51-degree day. The water was a bit chillier at 45 degrees.

They came in all shapes, sizes, genders, and ages and NYC Photo News was there both in the water and on the beach.

More photos of the annual Coney Island Polar Bear Club New Year's Day swim at nycphotonews.com

Bathers sprint into the chilly waters off Coney Island Beach during the 2012 Polar Bear Club swim

Sign carrying bathers prepare to enter the chilly waters off Coney Island Beach during the 2012 Polar Bear Club swim

Man in yellow costume running in the surf on Coney Island Beach during the 2012 Polar Bear Club swim

Bathers make a dash for the chilly waters off Coney Island during the 2012 Polar Bear Club swim

Bathers begin a dash toward the chilly waters off Coney Island Beach during the 2012 Polar Bear Club swim


Young man selling cotton candy on Coney Island Beach during the 2012 Polar Bear Club swim

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