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Sea swimming lessons in West Sussex – Q & A

Who are the lessons for?

All abilities welcome who are happy to learn in the sea. Under 18-year-olds can also attend if accompanied by an adult (either in the sea or on the beach). There will be special sessions for children during the school holidays.

How much are the lessons?

Our adult sea swimming sessions start from £10 per person for 45 minutes and the duration of the session in colder months (Nov – May) may be adapted accordingly. Lessons are held in groups of up to 8 people with 2 instructors. One-to-one, private swimming lessons are also available for £20.

Our Junior and Children’s Water Safety sessions are 30 minutes and start from £8

How to book a lesson?

To check availability and to book group or private swimming lessons please visit our online booking system, Eola Ltd (see the ‘Book now’ button bottom right).

If you need to book or pay via another method please contact us at, message via Facebook or call 07401 501523 (please note, we will not be able to answer when teaching).

When you first book through Eola, a questionnaire will need to be completed and disclaimer signed, any amendments from previous sessions Sandy Toed Sea Swimmers must be notified. If a session is fully booked please contact us as we may be able to add extra sessions.

When are the group lessons held?

Please use our online booking system (see our ‘Book now’ button bottom right) or visit Sandy Toed Sea Swimmers’ Facebook page for up-to-date sessions and availability.

All lessons are subject to weather and tidal conditions and availability

Sea swimming lessons in West Sussex

How long are the lessons?

All adult lessons last 45 minutes in the summer and during the colder months, time spent in the water may be reduced (subject to alteration if weather or tidal conditions change).

All under 18s sessions will be 30 minutes long.

Terms & Conditions

Please read our Terms & Conditions here. By booking or attending coaching sessions with Sandy Toad Sea Swimmers you understand and accept these terms and conditions as they form part of a contract between us.

Where are the lessons held?

In the sea at the following locations:

  • Marine Drive West, West Bognor (opposite the Waverley pub)
  • Bognor East, The Esplanade (opposite Clarence Road) PO21 1BL
  • Blakes Road, Felpham (opposite the Boat House Cafe),
  • Elmer (down the footpath to the beach opposite the postbox by The Cabin).

What do I wear?

  • Swimsuit
  • Brightly coloured swimming hat (so that you are easily seen).
  • Tow float (loaned by us)
    The reason we wear a tow float is, as HUT states “ be seen, be safe”. If you would like more information on why open water swimmers wear them and to view their full range please visit,

Optional items

  • Swim shoes
  • Goggles
  • Wetsuit
  • Swimming gloves

What else will I need?

  • Hot drink
  • Changing robe (optional)
  • Warm clothing
  • Cake

We are often asked about our changing robes which are made by Gorilla Robes, a local company based in Emsworth. If you would like to view their full range or purchase one of their robes, please visit their site Gorilla Robes. We also thoroughly recommend Dry Bones for different styles and colours.

Please note, Sandy Toed Sea Swimmers is a participant in the GoAffPro Affiliate Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to the partner site.

What qualifactions do the instructors have?

Claire and Mandy are fully qualified swimming instructors with over 40 years of experience between them. They are both DBS checked (Disclosure and Barring Service) and fully insured.

They both have the following Swimming Teachers Association Safety Training Awards:

STA Level 2 Teaching Swimming
STA Level 2 Open Water Swimming Coaching

Mandy also has
STA Level 2 Award for Open Water Safety
STA Level 2 Aquatic Teaching – people with disabilities
as well as the Swim England Qualification Continuing Professional Development, Swim Safe – water safety and the outdoor environment.
Swim Coach Rescuer & Risk Assessment course via Coast to Coast water safety.
And previously held the SLSGB Tube Rescuer Award with Surf Life Saving Great Britain

You can read more about Claire and Mandy here.

Contact us
07401 501523


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