Some adventurous Pike County residents start the new year on the chilly side. The Paupack Polar Plunge came back this year with a good turnout.

Dozens of people showed up to dive into the frigid waters of Lake Wallenpaupack yesterday in Tafton. The lake was 37 degrees but officials say they've held the plunge under much colder conditions.

"Could be much worse it could be ice. We've had years where we had to cut the hole in the water for sure," Matt Nied, Tafton Volunteer Dive and Rescue, said.

We spoke with one participant who says she has been making the plunge since 2014. She has some advice for anyone who is considering dipping their toe in next year.

"Just go in it full force, have fun. It's invigorating know that and don't forget to breath. I'm a nurse so it's kind of like you know when your body just knows when to come out of the water. I try to stay in as long as I can, just to push my limits, why not," Michel Lipperini, Polar Plunge Participant, said.

Nearly $12,000 was raised from the event to benefit the Ledgedale and Tafton Volunteer Dive and Rescue teams.