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Dive Sites

These are just some of our favourite sites:

Shore diving from East Beach Selsey

Landing Craft and Clay Ledges
– Just west of the new lifeboat launching area these 2 sites make a good dive, although well broken up the landing craft site stills remains home to a variety of marine life and further out you will find the clay ledges, really good for underwater photo’s.
Sluice Rocks – Just west of the launching ramp, a series of large pipes and home to all sorts of marine life.
These can be a busy areas for fishing boats; Surface Marker Buoys should always be used and always avoid swimming in front of the lifeboat launching area.
Best time to dive is 3 hours after high water.

Boat diving from Selsey East Beach Ramp

1 Mile out
Mixon Hole – A wall that runs East–West, 6M below the surface and extending down to 25M to a shingle sea bed, best area to dive from 6M to 12M, where a variety of marine life can be found.
Strong tide flow in this area so best time to dive is 3.5 to 4 hours after high water (Neaps).

2.5 Miles out
Outer Mulberry Harbour – this site must be the most popular dive site on the south coast (see D Day Heritage on our home page)

4.5 Miles out
Briggita (locally known as the Teapot) – sunk 1917 and laying in 16M of water, a very popular dive site and easy to find, her bow is upright and stern upside down, plenty of easy wreck penetration and always covered in marine life.
Patch Landing Craft – a second world war casualty, lying upside down in 18M of water, broken into 3 sections.
Best time to dive is 4.5 hours after high water.

10-12 Miles out

Hedwig Lunstedt – sunk 1974, a complete wreck laying in 32M of water on lying on her port side, easy wreck penetration into the accommodation area.
HMS Prince Leopold – sunk in 1940 and sitting upright in 30M of water, a large Bofors gun is mounted on the stern and points towards the surface.
Best time to dive is 5.5 hours after high water.
War Helmet – sunk in 1918 and sitting upright in 28M of water, 2 large steam engines and boilers, check out the prop shaft tunnel, an easy swim through. Best time to dive is 5.5 hours after high water.

These are just a few of the sites we visit, there are many more and we try to vary between wreck and scenic diving.

As with all diving activities, no matter where you are in the world, always ask the locals where you can dive, launch boats, tidal information, current visibility and if there are any areas of concern that may affect diving operations.

Boat Launching Sites

Itchenor Hard – Available at all states of the tide, but harbour dues must be paid and it is quite a long way from the Chichester Harbour entrance to the most popular dive sites.

Bracklesham Bay – Tractor launch available during the summer months, be aware of prevailing South Westerly winds.

East Beach Selsey – Steep ramp across shingle, can be difficult when shingle has built up on beach, 4X4 required.

Bognor Regis – Ramp at East end of promenade, soft sand at low water can a problem.

Littlehampton – Full launch & recovery facilities at Marina in Rope Walk.