Published: Jan 02, 2011 2:15 AM EST
Updated: Jan 01, 2011 11:15 PM EST

SANIBEL, Fla. - It may not have been icy on New Year's Day morning in Southwest Florida, but that didn't stop more than 250 members of the Polar Bear Club from taking a dip in the Gulf.

Before they braved the chilly Gulf water, members of Sanibel-Captiva chapter sang a song to get themselves in the right mood for the swim.

"It's just a great way to start the new year, there's no fundraiser, there's no cause, there's no political thing, it's just a celebration of life," said organizer John Carney.

This was the 11th year the polar bear plunge has been done in our area.

Today's event on tarpon beach broke an attendance record.  The organizer credits mother nature for offering up sunny weather.