11 brave swimmers hit the icy Atlantic in the 2011 Seal Swim
The morning of Saturday, April 2, was windy but sunny on the Buxton
beach at the Old Lighthouse site. The air and ocean water
temperatures hovered in the mid-50s.
But that didn’t deter 11 brave swimmers from taking a dip in the ocean
to raise funds for the island's local teen organization, Locomotion,
the Cape Hatteras Teen Association, Inc., which provides activities for
middle- and high-school students on Hatteras Island.
It was Locomotion’s third Seal Swim.
About 50 people cheered the swimmers on the way to their frosty
Dare County Emergency Medical Services was on standby with two Dare
County Rescue Squad trucks on the beach, and ranger Jason Leck kept an
eye on the event for the National Park Service.
There were two swimmers, Samantha Smith and Brooke Oberbeck, both 10
years old, who have watched in past years as their family members
participated. This year they joined the cold and wet fun. The
girls quickly encouraged Ashton Baust, who was on the beach as
supporter, to join them.
Debbie Knuckles and Doug Blackmon were among the first swimmers to
sign-up. Quickly following were Marsha Sawyer Holms and Joan
who joined in after Kathy Kiddy, director of Locomotion, entered Avon's
Beach Pharmacy to ask Marsha if a flyer could be posted there.
Joan asked Marsha if she was going to do it and a quick "NO"
followed. Joan then called Marsha a "wuss," which led to the
joining forces to help Locomotion. Together they raised
Not to be left out was Conner Day, a sixth grader at the Cape Hatteras
Secondary School of Coastal Studies, who plunged into the ocean with
his entire family on the beach as supporters, including grandmom Judy
from out of town.
The pack was lead by long time swimmers Alissa Oberbeck, a sophomore at
CHSS, Sherry Smith (Sam's mom), and, last but not least, Kerry Hooper.
Kiddy started the swimmers by having them line up and thanking everyone
for the support given to the event.
Next it was off to the water.
Some jumped right into the deep while others were more "dippers."
There’s no right or wrong way to have fun and raise money.
There were hugs all around and a huge thanks to everyone who helped in
many ways from Kiddy.
She says the event raised $1,431.
To see more pictures and a list of sponsors, you can stop by
Locomotion's Changing Tide thrift shop in Buxton, which is
currently open Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.
You can still send or drop by the shop a donation in support of the
swimmers. Send to Locomotion, P.O. Box 1152, Buxton, NC 27920.
"We will be doing this again next year, so plan on being a part of a
great event" says Kiddy.
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