“We have this amazing estuary, so why is no one swimming?” pondered Delle Henry on her arrival to Thesen Island as a new Knysna resident in 2015.
An experienced open-water swimmer, used to the icy Atlantic off Cape Town’s Clifton beaches in naught but cozzie, cap and goggles, dynamic Delle quickly corralled some keen but nervous new pals to join her in her favourite pastime. They were soon hooked, and slowly the word grew about this fun new group, now dubbed the Knysna Seahorses.
Over the years, more and more swimmers have discovered the natural wonderment and physical joys and benefits of open-water swimming. The Seahorses group has expanded greatly, with dedicated locals who swim year-round and which swells significantly in summer holiday season with soon-smitten visitors.
The Seahorses, with their trademark pink caps and team cozzies, are now an entrenched family within the KYC, bolstering the club, and enjoying the change-room and parking facilities, as well as the slipways as their thrice-weekly early morning launchpads.
Monday, Wednesday, Friday at 7am from KYC. Swims are around 1.8km, for about 40/45 mins.
Swimming competency essential, but you swim at your own pace – it is not a race.
On weekends and public holidays, the group ventures further afield, for instance, using the KYC change-room at the NSRI premises at the Heads and swimming up and down to Bollard Bay on Leisure Isle.