New Year's Day

Dive Right In

A New Year's Day tradition that will chill you to the bone


What better way to cleanse yourself of last year’s experiences than with a frigid dip in the ocean? Countless individuals are gathering on January 1 at 11am for the 2nd Annual Winter Wish Swim, in which participants pay $20 for the thrill of a “wintery dip,” as it is described. Participants are encouraged to find family members or friends to sponsor the leap into the ice-cold ocean, with all raised funds going to benefit Children’s Wishes, a local organization that grants wishes to children with life-threatening illnesses. The first 100 participants receive a free mug, perfect for warming up with hot cocoa, coffee or tea. $20. 11am. 50 Asylum Road, RI Town Beach, Bristol. 401-921- 1300,

For a bigger party, join the Newport Polar Bears as they take their Annual New Year’s Day Polar Bear Plunge at Easton’s Beach in Newport. All proceeds from the plunge benefit A Wish Come True, Inc. The plunge starts at noon and is free; no registration is required. Last year over 5,000 people participated. Also, if you want to be part of this charitable event without having to take the plunge, get pledge sheets before the plunge takes place and ask for donations from family, friends and co-workers. Or, be part of the volunteers who will be making their way through the crowd collecting donations.

After the plunge, make your way over the Atlantic Beach Club. In the spirit of giving, they will be providing a free buffet to all participants. They offer a full bar as well as a live cover band and a Chinese raffle. Contact Rosemary Bowers for pledge sheets and to become a volunteer, 401-624-7673,, also feel free to donate online at, specify that it’s for the Polar Bear Plunge. Take the plunge at Easton’s Beach at 175 Memorial Blvd., Newport. Then, hop on over the to The Atlantic Beach Club at 55 Purgatory Road, Middletown.