03/5/09

2nd Annual Seal Swim will be March 7

Summer is just around the corner, but cold tolerant locals and visitors have a chance to enjoy a dip in the ocean well before the temperatures heat up.

Local non-profit organization Locomotion, the Cape Hatteras Teen Association, will be hosting its Second Annual Seal Swim on Saturday, March 7, starting at 10 a.m. on the oceanfront behind the Outer Banks Motel on Highway 12 in Buxton. The fundraising event is open to everyone in the community, and both young people and adults can sign up to take the frigid dip in the ocean.

“Seal swimmers” can jump in solo or enter as a seal pack. However, all seals are required to have a “cheering squad” on the beach – even if it’s only one cheerleader – as an extra safety precaution. As an added safety measure, Dare County Emergency Medical Services, Hatteras Island Rescue Squad, and members of the Dare County Sheriff’s Office plan to be on scene for the event.

All participants must fill out entry forms and sign releases before March 5. The information packets with forms and more information are available at Changing Tide consignment shop in Buxton. The winter hours are Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from noon until 5 p.m. The entry fee is $10 per person and extra donations to support seals or seal teams are encouraged. Last year, 14 intrepid swimmers took a dip in the chilly ocean and raised $1,200 for Locomotion.

This year, more participants are expected, and everyone is welcome to stop by the beach and watch the brave “seals” tackle the chilly ocean swim once again.

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