On Sunday, Jan. 1, 2013, some hardy area residents will be welcoming in the New Year by running into the chilly waters of Parksville Beach. The 2013 Polar Bear Swim is organized by the Regional District of Nanaimo and, as in previous years, will take place at Parkville Community Beach, with the actual plunge taking place at noon, with registration beginning at 11:30 am.
Members of the Arrowsmith Search and Rescue water rescue team will also be in the water to provide assistance — not to mention encouragement — for anyone who may get into difficulty. Hot beverages and snacks will be available on a donation basis.
Firefighters and first responders from the Parksville Fire Department will also be present.