Selsey Lifeboat Station

IMG 5446The shore at Selsey offers you a fantastic opportunity to experience an amazing biodiversity of life. With an average depth of 6 metres the site is perfect for snorkelling, freediving and scuba diving. Whether you want to build your experience or just take time to explore, there is much to see. It changes with the seasons, offering different experiences in February,  July or October. 

Historically, diving and snorkelling tended to centred around the Selsey Lifeboat  Station Pier, which was demolished and in 2017. In practice you can enter the water from many places along the beach with the depth getting shallower as you go East. 

Included in the Selsey Bill and Hounds Conservation area it is teaming with life including shoals of breeding fish, bream, bib, wrasse, blennies, gobies, many species of crabs, lobsters, prawns, cuttlefish, pipefish, small congers, oysters, mussels, nudibranch, and anemones. These are just the regular sightings, but you could encounter cat sharks, rays, and even the occasional trigger fish. There is so much life we have written unique UK content to cover the UK and Selsey for all our Ecology Courses. If you want to know more about what you are seeing looking, consider the SSI Fish Identification Course

The site can be subject to strong currents, so if you want a relaxing dive you will need to time it for slack water. This is the period when there is little or no water movement/current. Observing the moored boats and the water moves passes the groynes will help you determine the state of the tide. 

Visibility is usually best on when the tide has been ebbing (flowing West); on a spring tide, aim to dive 4 hours after high water, whereas on a neap tide, experienced divers may be comfortable diving 3 hours after high water. You are the best judge of what are the right conditions for you so be prepared to wait a few minutes if necessary.

Visibility is usually not quite so good after the tide has been flooding (flowing East). On a spring tide, slack will be 2 hours before High Water, whereas on a Neap Tide, it might be suitable for experienced divers from 4 hours before high water.   

Remember, that slack water is not a fixed time and that the weather and time in the tidal cycle (Springs / Neaps) in particular, will influence actual timing. Alternatively, with a little logistics planning, drift diving at Selsey along the beach can be rewarding and fun! If you want to learn more about the specifics for planning dives we recommend you take the SSI Waves, Tides and Currents Course

For more information on diving on Selsey please read our guide and considerations here

154 Kingsway
Selsey
Chichester
PO20 0DL

50.728301,-0.778800

Selsey Lifeboat Station Events

Date Time Location Notes Depth Taken Available Price Book
April 11, 2021 16:30 Selsey Lifeboat Station

Marine Life Walk

0 5 £15
April 13, 2021 17:00 Selsey Lifeboat Station

Marine Life Walk

0 5 £15
April 18, 2021 08:30 Selsey Lifeboat Station

Marshalled Workshops

0 4 £75
April 18, 2021 10:15 Selsey Lifeboat Station

Marshalled Shore Dive

0 6 £25
April 25, 2021 17:30 Selsey Lifeboat Station

Marine Life Walk

0 5 £15
May 2, 2021 09:00 Selsey Lifeboat Station

Marshalled Workshops

0 4 £75
May 2, 2021 12:00 Selsey Lifeboat Station

Marshalled Shore Dive

0 6 £25
May 9, 2021 11:00 Selsey Lifeboat Station

Marshalled Workshops

0 4 £75
May 9, 2021 13:00 Selsey Lifeboat Station

Marshalled Shore Dive

0 6 £25
May 16, 2021 16:00 Selsey Lifeboat Station

Beach Clean

0 40 Free
May 18, 2021 09:00 Selsey Lifeboat Station

Marine Life Walk

0 5 £15
May 30, 2021 19:00 Selsey Lifeboat Station

Marine Life Walk

0 5 £15
June 6, 2021 09:30 Selsey Lifeboat Station

Marshalled Workshops

0 4 £75
June 6, 2021 12:00 Selsey Lifeboat Station

Marshalled Shore Dive

0 6 £25
June 13, 2021 16:00 Selsey Lifeboat Station

Marshalled Shore Dive

0 6 £25
June 22, 2021 14:30 Selsey Lifeboat Station

Marine Life Walk

0 5 £15
July 11, 2021 15:30 Selsey Lifeboat Station

Marshalled Shore Dive

0 6 £25
July 18, 2021 14:00 Selsey Lifeboat Station

Marshalled Shore Dive

0 6 £25
July 25, 2021 15:30 Selsey Lifeboat Station

Beach Clean

0 40 Free
August 8, 2021 15:30 Selsey Lifeboat Station

Marshalled Shore Dive

0 6 £25
August 29, 2021 12:00 Selsey Lifeboat Station

Marshalled Shore Dive

0 6 £25
September 5, 2021 13:30 Selsey Lifeboat Station

Marshalled Shore Dive

0 6 £25
September 12, 2021 11:00 Selsey Lifeboat Station

Marshalled Shore Dive

0 6 £25
September 19, 2021 15:30 Selsey Lifeboat Station

Beach Clean

0 40 Free
October 3, 2021 12:30 Selsey Lifeboat Station

Marshalled Shore Dive

0 6 £25
November 7, 2021 08:45 Selsey Lifeboat Station

Beach Clean

0 40 Free
November 14, 2021 10:30 Selsey Lifeboat Station

Marshalled Shore Dive

0 6 £25
December 19, 2021 13:30 Selsey Lifeboat Station

Marshalled Shore Dive

0 6 £25
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Mulberry Marine Experiences Ltd

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9 Orchard Parade,
East Beach,
Selsey
PO20 0NS

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Opening Hours

  • Monday
    Closed
  • Tuesday
    Closed
  • Wednesday
    Temporarily Closed
  • Thursday
    Temporarily Closed
  • Friday
    Temporarily Closed
  • Saturday
    10:00 to 14:00 see below *
  • Sunday
    Temporarily Closed

* appointments required, these are drop or collect slots only.