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Polar Dip plans are set to start the New Year in Santa Barbara

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - The public is invited to start the New Year with a refreshing dip into the ocean as part of the Santa Barbara Polar Dip.

It is an event that started in 2017 with organizers Hugh Margerum and Julie DeAngelis.

This year anyone interested can join in starting at 11 a.m. before the group sprints into the water at 11:30.

Those attending are encouraged to wear festive swimsuits or other outfits.

No wetsuits are allowed.

At some point you have to be fully submerged.

Afterwards there will be snacks, drinks, photos and some special awards.

DeAngelis will be selling products from her Parasols in Paradise line and Margerum has a new book about plants that he will be selling. A portion of the proceeds going to Adam's Angels, a non-profit that's helping seniors, veterans and the unhoused.

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