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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?

Each sea swimming lesson costs £10 per person for 45 minutes (£8 for 30 minutes, in colder months). Lessons are held in groups of up to 8 people with 2 instructors. One-to-one, private swimming lessons are also available for £20.

How to book a lesson?

To check availability and to book group or private swimming lessons, please email us at, message via Facebook or call 07401 501523 (please note, we will not be able to answer when teaching).

When are the group lessons held?

All lessons are subject to weather and tidal conditions and availability

All sessions are now 30 minutes. The cost will be £8 and are suitable for anyone new to cold water swimming or those who have previous cold water swimming experience.

MAY 2022

NEW Childrens swimming session

Wednesday 11th at 1600. This is for children who can comfortably swim 400m front crawl in a pool and are training for an open water event or would just like to try something new. Please note a full wetsuit, boots and gloves must be worn.

Adult sessions will now be in two groups, novice (N) and advanced (A) for those who are comfortable swimming 400m front crawl.

Thurs 5th N 1130, A 1215 (B)

Sun 8th N 1345 (B) 

Thurs 12th A 1130 N 1215 (B)

Sun 15th A 1400 N 1445 (W)

Thurs 19th N 1100 A 1145 (B)

Sun 22nd N 1400 A 1445 (B)

Thurs 26th A 1200 N 1245 (B)

Sun 29th A 1400 N 1445 (W)


(W) waverley,  (B) boathouse.


Sea swimming lessons in West Sussex

How long are the lessons?

All lessons last 45 minutes in the summer and 30 minutes in colder months (subject to alteration if weather or tidal conditions change).

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 in Blakes Road, Felpham (opposite the Boat House Cafe) and Marine Drive West, West Bognor (opposite the Waverley pub).

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.

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 34 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 Safety Award for Teachers
STA Level 2 Open Water Swimming Coaching

Mandy also has
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.

You can read more about Claire and Mandy here.

Contact us
07401 501523


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