Best place for sea swimming?

I know Bognor reasonably well but fancied somewhere a bit quieter.  Any ideas?

 

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  • how long is that piece of string you have???

    there are loads of good places for sea swimming available along the South Coast. the usual problems come down to tides, currents and weather, but other than that just pick your spot!

     

  • ok, so stupid question.  Is there a place you can look that lays out tide tables and stuff the layman can understand?

    Is google my friend?

  • google is always your friend but to save you a bit of time - http://easytide.ukho.gov.uk/EasyTide/EasyTide/SelectPort.aspx

    what that doesn't tell you of course is what the conditions are like and for that you need to check out wind and weather sites - a good wind one is www.windguru.cz - it's mainly for surfers etc but it has a list of spots around the coast that you can pick from, or close to if not exact.  the data can be a little confusing but take a look.

    also http://www.xcweather.co.uk/ is a good overview of what the weather's doing as it has good wind data.

    as for conditions such as currents, that often comes down to local knowledge and knowing which way the beach is oriented so you then know what effect the wind may have on waves etc.   for example, a northernly wind in GWR will mean a flatter sea; a SW wind will be kicking up waves.

  • I like natural harbour of Weymouth. Clear, lifeguard on duty in summer, safe beach, sand, as warm as it gets, loads of tea shops & loos, just watch out for weever fish.

  • Thank you image

  • Park at mine HC. The beach is 100 yards away and I make a decent coffee.
    The current is not too bad where I am, just a slight drift.
    We've had a fair bit of weed this past week due to some rough spring tides but generally the water quality is good. 

  • Hayling Island is safe.  The currents follow the shore so you won't get washed out to sea and there is a dedicated swim area with buoys marking out a route of about 1 mile with a pub right next door.  The water is shallow so you can easily put your feet down if you are finding it too much.

    Portsmouth is nice too, especially up the east end of the sea front where there are less people.  There is also a designated swim area here, but the currents tend to be a lot stronger.  Again, they run parallel with the shore but sometimes they ccan be very hard to swim against.  There is a fantastic cafe that does the best fry ups and cake ever, called the 10th hole.

    If you want somewhere scenic then there is the Hamble at Manor Farm Country Park, just off the M27 near Botley.  It's tidal so you get the experience of salt water but it tends to be more sheltered from the wind.  Check out the tides first though as there is no water at low tide.  You are best sticking to an hour either side of high tide.

    You can also swim at Calshot, but again this is best around high tide as the current is very strong at other times.  Best to avoid this one on the weekends when the weather is good as it is very popular and you will find it hard to park.

    I also know people who swim at Milford-on-Sea and Bournemouth / Boscome.  These have sandy beaches so are easier on your feet when getting in and out of the water but I do find that they are more exposed to the wind than the other spots so the water can be very choppy.

     

  • Thank you both image Limper I'll be in touch, it would be great to catch up. x

  • I can rave on about Boscombe/Bournemouth/Southbourne HC.  I go there and swim with the Seabrook Seals most Sunday mornings. Lovely people - sort of piratey really. Say no more. Super Caz told me about them. image  Don't know if it's a bit too far for you though? You'd be very welcome to join in. Most swim non-wettie because some are  training for Channel stuff but no one cares either way. Max swim time 2 hours, but we swim along the the coast, then people turn back in pairs or small groups as and when they need to so you swim at your own pace for as long as you want.

    Super Caz is right that the water can be very lively if it's windy but they still go in.  In fact it's almost fun...

     

  • Well I guess the 'It might be windy on race day' mantra applied to swimming as well as everything else Hen.

    The distance is not a problem but the Sunday mornings are.  Don't have many left this year.  Will have a look and see if I can fit one in.  i take it they're nutty enough to go in even if it's a tad chilly?

  • HC, you might like this thread.

  • AH, What do you do with things like car keys? Is there always a Sherpa on hand to guard valuables?

  • HC - if you want to use my place you don't have to confine yourself to weekends. I'm in from the madhouse that is fondly known as work around 17:30 but you can use the 'facilities' here all day!
    Just yell if you want to come down. 

  • Caz, is there a bit more detail somewhere on the Hayling/Portsmouth bit, and where is the cafe?

    Cheers

  • TRTR ✭✭✭

    Tenth hole is this http://www.thetenthhole.co.uk/, there is a beach hut near here that Portsmouth Triathletes swim from on a Saturday morning and a Tuesday evening. I do the odd swim from near here, but unless its smooth then sea swimming is a waste of training time IMO. Havnt even got my wettie out yet this year, I'm doing the New Forest Middle distance in Sept which is a lake Swim and sea swimming at Southsea is nothing like lake swimming.

  • Hayling island is the stretch just to the right (as you head towards it) of the fun fair, you can see the yellow buoys fo the swimming area quite easily. There is a suitable pub for parking, food and hot drinks and the sea is pretty good. It's one of my favourite places to swim.

    TR I'd say sea swimming isn't bad for lake swimming practice, the lake is easier.  I certainly wouldn't dismiss it if I had the sea on my doorstep for OW swimming. 

  • TRTR ✭✭✭

    In the Blue - if you can guarantee a calm sea, I've wasted too many swims just trying not get beached, but agreed that swimming inot the current off Southsea is a tough workout. I think that swimming in the Eastney lake area, behind the marina could be a good bet at high tide.

  • There's lots of us down here isn't there? Hello everyone image

  • bos - get yourself a small waterproof bag (like ziploc but better - just google them) and stick the key in that and put the bag under the wettie in the small of the back as you won't notice it so much there.  otherwise, have a sherpa handy.

    seems to be a lot of you further west of me - not many in Zuzzex or Kent though

  • I've got an Aquapak that I put my car key in.  It comes with a lanyard so you can put it around your neck and inside your wetsuit, or costume (for the ladies).  Men just tend to put the Aquapak down thier shorts.

    Before I got the Aquapak I used to put my key in a sealable sandwich bag and under my swim hat on the top of my head (out of the way of goggles).  It was very rare that the bag got damp and I never got water inside it.

  • I used to swim with Portsmouth Tri at the Eastney end of Portsmouth on Tuesdays (6:30pm) and Saturdays (9am).  They meet at the beach huts next along the sea front, opposite the Coffee Cup.  They welcome anyone - wetsuit or non-wetsuit and triathletes or just swimmers.  The 10th hole is within walking distance.

    I also used to swim Monday (6:30pm), Wednesday (6:30pm) and Friday (5:30pm) with a group of people at Hayling Island.  They meet near the skate park not far from the Inn on the Beach.

    The group that do the river swimming are part of the OSS.  Put out a request on their FB page and you should get invited to join the local group on FB and get on the email distribution list.  Their swims tend to be a bit more spontaneous, but more exciting as they tend to do more unusual stuff.

  • Personally I don't see much point in lake swimming.  You might as well be swimming in the pool as the water is so calm and warm and you are going round and round in circles that aren't much bigger than lengths in the pool.  Sea and river swimming challenges you a lot more and sets you up to swim in any conditions, whatever the weather on the day of your event.

  • Is nobody in the world apart from me afraid of the oogies and monsters in the water?!
    I do believe I've watched one too many horror films to ever be comfortable swimming in a lake and I know for a fact that there is a Great White cruising the Solent looking out for my little fat legs. 
    Not wanting to put anyone off of course!!

    FB - I'm a Sussex frog but still west of you. 

  • SuperCaz wrote (see)

    Personally I don't see much point in lake swimming.  You might as well be swimming in the pool as the water is so calm and warm and you are going round and round in circles that aren't much bigger than lengths in the pool.  Sea and river swimming challenges you a lot more and sets you up to swim in any conditions, whatever the weather on the day of your event.

    Specificity of trainng, and then there is the whole sighting thing. Pool swimming isn't a patch on OW if you're training for an OW swim.

  • Don't put me off Limper. Believe me, I have my own great white following me everywhere ;0)
  • Aquapak looks perfect. Odd that i didnt think of sandwich bags, as i have never used sandwich bags for sandwiches, only ever used them as handy waterproofing type thingies.

  • SuperCaz wrote (see)

    Personally I don't see much point in lake swimming.  You might as well be swimming in the pool as the water is so calm and warm and you are going round and round in circles that aren't much bigger than lengths in the pool. 

    The lake I use has 400m, 800m and 1km "loops", only the 400 is actually a loop but I'd disagree that you might as well be in a pool. Wind, waterskiers in another part of a lake causing wash all change the conditions not to mention the swan, duck and weed avoidance.  It's also better scenery than a pool with more space image

    I've never had monster worries Limper but I have several friends who do and one of them even has it in a pool!  It's why OW practice is such a good idea, helps you deal with your fears image

  • limper wrote (see)

    Is nobody in the world apart from me afraid of the oogies and monsters in the water?!

    nope - none of us......although plastic bags can freak you out when you put you hand on one.....image  or the famous (well in our household at least) incident when my missus put her hand onto a cormorant rising from a dive....image

    and someone was telling me at the weekend of a large carp in a lake that brushed their legs - that freaked him out...

    nothing to worry about in the water at all!!

  • image speak for yourself image

  • I think Steady trapped a Carp at one lake, and Pingu punched a Swan at Outlaw.

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