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SELSEY
SEA BATHING
SOCIETY

VITAMIN SEA FOR THE SOUL IN ONE OF BRITAIN'S SUNNIEST SPOTS

28 May 2024, 13:00
Beach at end of Lifeboat Way, Selsey

Welcome

  “live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air.”
-  Ralph Waldo Emerson

The people of Selsey are passionate about their coastline and seafaring history, but historically, only a small proportion of locals regularly swam in the sea.  We set out to change all this and boy, has it changed! We're a flourishing, supportive, welcoming, free to join group of people who love being in the water with great company.  You don't have to be from Selsey to come along and bathe with us and if you just want to come and watch from the shoreline, that's ok too!

We're for all those who seek the wonders of the water. You may be a triathlete who also likes the odd jovial dip, you might be a first-timer, you may be old, you may be young, you may be fit, you may not be. Whatever and whoever you are, you are welcome to come and join us in continuing to make this society the fun, creative and inspiring community it is, full of like-minded people who feel inspired to get outdoors and onto the beach any time of the year. 

 

We now run monthly gatherings 12 months of the year and over the winter months also add in a few day-land experiences for those who may find it too cold to get in the water. 

Upcoming Events

  • Tue, 28 May
    Beach at end of Lifeboat Way, Selsey
    28 May 2024, 13:00 – 14:00
    Beach at end of Lifeboat Way, Selsey, Lifeboat Way, Selsey, Chichester PO20, UK
    28 May 2024, 13:00 – 14:00
    Beach at end of Lifeboat Way, Selsey, Lifeboat Way, Selsey, Chichester PO20, UK
    Please RSVP if you can make it to the filming event and we can then send you a waiver form.
  • Summer Solstice sunrise dip
    Summer Solstice sunrise dip
    Fri, 21 Jun
    Beach in front of East Beach Car Park
    21 Jun 2024, 04:30 – 5:30
    Beach in front of East Beach Car Park, Beach Rd, Selsey, Chichester PO20 0SZ, UK
    21 Jun 2024, 04:30 – 5:30
    Beach in front of East Beach Car Park, Beach Rd, Selsey, Chichester PO20 0SZ, UK
    Another unforgettable experience as you get up in the dark to experience the start of the longest day of the year.
  • 'Bring A Partner In Brine' June Gathering
    'Bring A Partner In Brine' June Gathering
    Sat, 22 Jun
    Beach at end of Lifeboat Way, Selsey
    22 Jun 2024, 11:00 – 13:00
    Beach at end of Lifeboat Way, Selsey, Lifeboat Way, Selsey, Chichester PO20, UK
    22 Jun 2024, 11:00 – 13:00
    Beach at end of Lifeboat Way, Selsey, Lifeboat Way, Selsey, Chichester PO20, UK
    June is true summer, strawberries, roses and rainy picnics. The sea is becoming palatable now to a wide range of folk, so come along and share the revelry! For this month's gathering it's 'bring a friend who's never (or hardly ever) been in the sea month!'
  • London Lidos Revisited
    London Lidos Revisited
    Sun, 30 Jun
    London
    30 Jun 2024, 08:00 – 19:10
    London, London, UK
    30 Jun 2024, 08:00 – 19:10
    London, London, UK
    Back by popular demand and request! More to follow but we'll again visit 3 lidos/pools around London, or maybe 2, but save the date!! Definitely incorporates the revamped Tooting Bec Lido this year.
  • Summer's here, bring a picnic! July Gathering
    Summer's here, bring a picnic! July Gathering
    Sat, 20 Jul
    Beach at the end of Grafton Rd, Selsey
    20 Jul 2024, 13:30 – 15:30
    Beach at the end of Grafton Rd, Selsey, Grafton Rd, Selsey, Chichester PO20, UK
    20 Jul 2024, 13:30 – 15:30
    Beach at the end of Grafton Rd, Selsey, Grafton Rd, Selsey, Chichester PO20, UK
    In July we begin to relax into summer. The evenings are long and the sea sparkles all day long.
  • It's holiday time! August Gathering
    It's holiday time! August Gathering
    Sat, 17 Aug
    Beach at end of Lifeboat Way, Selsey
    17 Aug 2024, 16:00 – 19:00
    Beach at end of Lifeboat Way, Selsey, Lifeboat Way, Selsey, Chichester PO20, UK
    17 Aug 2024, 16:00 – 19:00
    Beach at end of Lifeboat Way, Selsey, Lifeboat Way, Selsey, Chichester PO20, UK
    As Siouxsie and the Banshees once said "The sun is out, the sky is blue, it's beautiful and so are you". Join us for a later-in-the-day gathering so we can enjoy a little of these special, long summer evenings, together on the beach.
  • Autumn Low Tide Rounders on the Kirkarrow spit
    Autumn Low Tide Rounders on the Kirkarrow spit
    Fri, 20 Sept
    Car park end of Hillfield Rd, Selsey
    20 Sept 2024, 19:00 – 21:00
    Car park end of Hillfield Rd, Selsey, Hillfield Rd, Selsey, Chichester PO20, UK
    20 Sept 2024, 19:00 – 21:00
    Car park end of Hillfield Rd, Selsey, Hillfield Rd, Selsey, Chichester PO20, UK
    Another chance to try your luck at a game of rounders on the second of two trips this year over to the Kirkarrow spit off Selsey. Meet at the beach car park end of Hillfield Rd.
  • September Gathering
    September Gathering
    Sat, 21 Sept
    End of Lifeboat Way, Selsey
    21 Sept 2024, 14:00 – 16:00
    End of Lifeboat Way, Selsey, Lifeboat Way, Selsey, Chichester PO20, UK
    21 Sept 2024, 14:00 – 16:00
    End of Lifeboat Way, Selsey, Lifeboat Way, Selsey, Chichester PO20, UK
    Look out for the Harvest Moon this month, hanging low and yellow in the sky. Join us for this September gathering just before the autumn equinox.
  • October Gathering
    October Gathering
    Sat, 19 Oct
    Beach at end of Albion Road, Selsey
    19 Oct 2024, 11:00 – 13:00
    Beach at end of Albion Road, Selsey, Albion Rd, Selsey, Chichester PO20, UK
    19 Oct 2024, 11:00 – 13:00
    Beach at end of Albion Road, Selsey, Albion Rd, Selsey, Chichester PO20, UK
    Join us for our gathering in October, a month that begins to feel truly autumn-like, with golden sunlight and morning mists, yet the temperatures can still be high - perfect for sea bathing!
  • November Gathing
    November Gathing
    Sat, 16 Nov
    Beach at end of Lifeboat Way, Selsey
    16 Nov 2024, 11:00 – 12:30
    Beach at end of Lifeboat Way, Selsey, Lifeboat Way, Selsey, Chichester PO20, UK
    16 Nov 2024, 11:00 – 12:30
    Beach at end of Lifeboat Way, Selsey, Lifeboat Way, Selsey, Chichester PO20, UK
    No longer just a Bathe For The Brave - we'll be still thriving in the November waters!
  • December Bathe For The Brave
    December Bathe For The Brave
    Sat, 14 Dec
    Lifeboat Way, Selsey
    14 Dec 2024, 11:00 – 12:00
    Lifeboat Way, Selsey, Lifeboat Way, Selsey, Chichester PO20, UK
    14 Dec 2024, 11:00 – 12:00
    Lifeboat Way, Selsey, Lifeboat Way, Selsey, Chichester PO20, UK
    It's getting chilly, but it's also getting festive! Wear your Christmas hats and get into the festive spirit on this pre-Christmas dip, on the day of the Christmas Gathering (3pm-6pm, same day).
  • Christmas 2024 Party Gathering
    Christmas 2024 Party Gathering
    Sat, 14 Dec
    Clayton Road, Selsey
    14 Dec 2024, 15:00 – 18:00
    Clayton Road, Selsey, 23, Clayton Rd, Selsey, Chichester PO20, UK
    14 Dec 2024, 15:00 – 18:00
    Clayton Road, Selsey, 23, Clayton Rd, Selsey, Chichester PO20, UK
    Let's gather on dry land to celebrate all that 2024 has been about when it comes to this lovely little sea-bathing community.
  • RNLI & SSBS present The Seal Dip on Boxing Day
    RNLI & SSBS present The Seal Dip on Boxing Day
    Thu, 26 Dec
    Selsey
    26 Dec 2024, 10:30 – 12:30 GMT
    Selsey, 141 Kingsway, Selsey, Chichester PO20 0DL, UK
    26 Dec 2024, 10:30 – 12:30 GMT
    Selsey, 141 Kingsway, Selsey, Chichester PO20 0DL, UK
    Lots to sort out for this one and much more to follow. The plan is for it to become an annual event that people travel far and wide to come to. All proceeds (collection on the beach) will go to the RNLI.
  • The Selsey Sea Bathing Society Welcomes the Bracklesham and Bognor Blue Tits!
    The Selsey Sea Bathing Society Welcomes the Bracklesham and Bognor Blue Tits!
    Sun, 19 May
    East Beach Car Park, Selsey
    19 May 2024, 11:00 – 13:00
    East Beach Car Park, Selsey, 117 Beach Rd, Selsey, Chichester PO20 0SZ, UK
    19 May 2024, 11:00 – 13:00
    East Beach Car Park, Selsey, 117 Beach Rd, Selsey, Chichester PO20 0SZ, UK
    As part of our 5th birthday weekend celebrations this year, our 2 wonderful Blue Tit neighbour groups from Bracklesham and Bognor come and join us for a dip. Let's give them a hearty Selsey welcome!
  • SSBS 5th Birthday May Gathering
    SSBS 5th Birthday May Gathering
    Sat, 18 May
    East Beach Car Park, Selsey
    18 May 2024, 14:00 – 17:00
    East Beach Car Park, Selsey, Beach in front of East Beach car park, 117 Beach Rd, Selsey, PO20 0SZ
    18 May 2024, 14:00 – 17:00
    East Beach Car Park, Selsey, Beach in front of East Beach car park, 117 Beach Rd, Selsey, PO20 0SZ
    Our 5th birthday, can you believe it?! Come along and celebrate the afternoon with other members, friends and family.
  • Springtime April Gathering
    Springtime April Gathering
    Sat, 20 Apr
    Beach at end of Lifeboat Way, Selsey
    20 Apr 2024, 10:45 – 11:45
    Beach at end of Lifeboat Way, Selsey, Lifeboat Way, Selsey, Chichester PO20, UK
    20 Apr 2024, 10:45 – 11:45
    Beach at end of Lifeboat Way, Selsey, Lifeboat Way, Selsey, Chichester PO20, UK
    Spring is in the air, the clocks have gone back and we're beginning to turn towards the light once again.
  • Hoe, Hoe, Hoe
    Hoe, Hoe, Hoe
    Sat, 20 Apr
    End of Lifeboat Way, Selsey
    20 Apr 2024, 09:00 – 10:30
    End of Lifeboat Way, Selsey, Lifeboat Way, Selsey, Chichester PO20, UK
    20 Apr 2024, 09:00 – 10:30
    End of Lifeboat Way, Selsey, Lifeboat Way, Selsey, Chichester PO20, UK
    This event is for anyone at all - sea bather or not. Please do come along with your garden hoe for our 3rd Hoe,Hoe, Hoe to help pull up some of the weeds along the shoreline -beginning and ending at Lifeboat Way. Organised by Alex.
  • Spring  Low Tide Rounders on Kirkarrow Spit
    Spring  Low Tide Rounders on Kirkarrow Spit
    Sun, 10 Mar
    Car park at the bottom of Hillfield Rd
    10 Mar 2024, 16:00 – 19:00
    Car park at the bottom of Hillfield Rd, Hillfield Rd, Selsey, Chichester PO20, UK
    10 Mar 2024, 16:00 – 19:00
    Car park at the bottom of Hillfield Rd, Hillfield Rd, Selsey, Chichester PO20, UK
    Another chance to try your luck at a game of rounders on one of two trips this over to the Kirkarrow spit off Selsey. Meet at the beach car park end of Hillfield Rd.

WHAT'S IT LIKE?

ANGELA

Being part of this group has opened up a world of new wonderful, warm friendships and a fabulously supportive community. On days when I wouldn't feel brave enough to swim alone because I'm anxious about the cold or the conditions there are always willing friends to encourage and assist and to share the joy with afterwards. The community shares information too ... tips for tides, weather, equipment that leave people feeling more secure and reassured. When I swim in the sea I feel connected, to myself, my friends and most of all to nature. It helps me feel gratitude for the good things in life

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SUE

I get in and the moment it takes my breath away and I'm in, the sea washes my fears, worries, mental health struggles away. We laugh, whoop, share, comfort through the waves. It is incredible. Friendships, company and understanding is like nothing I have ever experienced. Without this group of amazing people I would be struggling with my inner thoughts and life in general. Plus the homemade cake is a bonus!

JO

I can escape from the moment I get to the beach and then walk into the sea everything just feels better. I laugh and even just cry but for me the chatting therapy is great. I always make sure I look out to sea and take a few moments to reflect, deep breathe and reset.  It's been great to meet new people and all have that one thing in common. I have set myself a personal goal to swim on Christmas day and hopefully just continue at least once a week through the winter. 

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