The Sunrise Swimmers: A tribute to life and the ocean

The Sunrise Swimmers by Tao Farren-Hefer first appeared on Casimir and shares the unique story of a group of pensioners who brace cold waters for a dip in the ocean each morning. At daybreak, this group of zealous grey-haired friends are at the beach feeling the rush of fresh sea water against their skin and the sand beneath their toes. While for Capetonians heads bobbing in the ocean on early mornings to catch waves isn’t an unusual sight, these elderly folk happily brace the elements without wetsuits and go swimming day after day, come rain or shine.

“We were doing it before there were shark nets so we might as well carry on,” says one of them with an attitude full of adventure and exuberance. In this short documentary there’s a reverence, both in the style of shooting and in the stories shared by the swimmers, that celebrates the joys of being alive and the invigorating effects of the ocean.

Follow Tao on Instagram and Twitter and visit his website for more. To see the original photo series he shot while making the film go to Casimir

Creative credits:

Producer, director, cinematographer, editor:Tao Farren-Hefer / Facilitator: Tracey Farren / On set and post-production sound: Paul Hunt / Starring: Joan, Rose, Desiree, Hazel, Joan / Music: Fleetwood Mac’s “Albatross”, Massive Attack’s “Confused Images” and Marvin Gaye’s “Stubborn Kind of Fellow”



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