Nine hardy souls splash about in freezing cold Lake Revelstoke for the annual polar bear swim at the 5 Mile boat launch north of the dam. Two others had already run out of the water to go warm up by the fire. Jason Ancell

Nine hardy souls splash about in freezing cold Lake Revelstoke for the annual polar bear swim at the 5 Mile boat launch north of the dam. Two others had already run out of the water to go warm up by the fire. Jason Ancell

GALLERY: It’s 2015 — Let’s go swimming!

Eleven people dove into Lake Revelstoke for the annual New Year's Day Polar Bear Swim.

Nine hardy souls splash about in freezing cold Lake Revelstoke for the annual polar bear swim at the 5 Mile boat launch north of the dam. Two others had already run out of the water to go warm up by the fire.

Jason Ancell, seen raising his hands in triumph in the middle, has been jumping in for more than a decade now, while the rest of the group were relatively new to the occasion. Ancell and his son Logan actually jumped into the lake twice.

Missing this year were Dean and Mark Hunter and their families, who started the swim many years ago.