February 13,  2009

The second annual Seal Swim will be on March 7

Locomotion, the Cape Hatteras Teen Association, will be hosting its second Seal Swim on Saturday, March 7, starting at 10 a.m. on the oceanfront behind the Outer Banks Motel on Highway 12 in Buxton.  

“This fundraising event is for everyone in the community,” says Locomotion’s director, Kathy Kiddy.  

Kiddy says she hopes that both young people and adults will sign up to take the frigid dip in the ocean.

Young people must be in at least the sixth grade.  And all adults are welcome, whatever their age.  Seal swimmers can go 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.

“You can’t just show up by yourself and jump in the water,” says Kiddy.

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 appreciated. Donations can be dropped off at Changing Tide or mailed to Locomotion, P.O. Box 1152, Buxton, NC  27920 with a notation that it is for the Seal Swim. Businesses or individuals can be sponsors of the event with their donation if they like.

“The sky's the limit on the fun we will have on the beach,” says Kiddy.  “Can't you just see it now -- people and teams of all sorts on the beach ready to take the plunge into the icy Atlantic Ocean for such a good cause?”

Kiddy says the Dare County Emergency Medical Services, Hatteras Island Rescue Squad, and members of the Dare County Sheriff's Office plan to be on scene to ensure everyone's safety.
“Those who do not wish to get wet can join the Polar Bear Cheering Squad,” says Kiddy.  “Everyone needs a team of supporters on the beach cheering them on, not to mention taking lots of pictures. And, yes, you may dress the part or wear your street clothes if you insist.  Can't you just see the fun to be had?”

Last year, 14 intrepid swimmers took a dip in the chilly ocean and raised $1,200 for Locomotion.
 For more information or to sign up, stop by the Changing Tide shop or call 995-6010.

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