The 16th annual Tybee Polar Plunge, a Jan. 1 tradition at the Tybee Pier and Pavilion, will see more than 1,000 brave souls dash into the waves at noon.
The Gang of Goofs Costume Contest and Parade begins at 11 a.m. as groups of three or more don wacky costumes and parade in front of judges. Last year’s Cat and the Hat Crew will be back from Ohio to defend their title from 2015.
The Plunge is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records. In 2012, the Plunge achieved international acclaim as “The largest gathering of people wearing swim caps.” That year, 2,049 souls plunged into the ocean.
The Plunge is a fundraiser for the Tybee Post Theater, a newly restored performing arts and movie venue.
Those who register get the official 2016 Tybee Polar Plunge long-sleeve T-shirt. The faint of heart can just register, pull on a shirt and watch the festivities.
You can register in advance online at TybeePost Theater.org. Or you can stop by the Polar Plunge registration tent at the Strand roundabout by the Tybee Christmas Tree between Dec. 27 and Dec. 31 from noon to 4 p.m. Registration for adults is $25.