The Sunrise Swimmers

When Casimir launched, we did so with the first release of a gorgeous¬†photo story by Tao Farren-Hefer who went down to the beach at dawn week after week to document Cape Town’s remarkable Sunrise Swimmers catching waves.¬†‚ÄúI discovered that they were a dynamic group of incredibly positive people who, in their retirement, are now rediscovering their youth and happiness through the sea.¬†Incredibly, regardless of the weather, they do not miss a day. They are known to swim in rain, hail and the Cape‚Äôs gale-force South Easter, only skipping a day when their lives are endangered by lightning storms.‚Äù

The collection of photographs, which you should really take a look at if you haven’t already, is now followed by a short documentary film in which we hear from the swimmers themselves as they share their childhood memories of the sea and tell us about their daily routine, and why they do it, “In fact, as we walk to the water some mornings, it’s so cold, we’ll look at each other and say, “Why are we doing this?” And the other will say, “Because that’s what we do.””

It’s a celebration of life and living it well. As one swimmer says, “On a day like today, it’s just wonderful to be alive.” What a great reminder.


  1. What a wonderful photo/video story …hearty congratulations !! Im green with envy as have lived away from my home town Cape Town for 32 yrs and long to return …and to be one of those Sunrise Swimmers…Thanks for the superb videography and delightful comments. I look forward to our retirement from Johannesburg and enjoying the natural beauty of the Cape! Please do some more articles on the Cape…..

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