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Frequently Asked Questions about beaches

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Frequently Asked Questions

Are the beaches sandy?

When the tide is out at its full extent there is sand. The part nearest the promenade is pebbles.

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Are there swimming zones?

Yes, there are some designated swimming zones.

Between May and September, there are areas of Lancing Beach, Widewater, Shoreham Beach and Southwick Beach which are marked with buoys to show where the swimming zones are. During this time of year water craft are not permitted and it is advised that fishing is undertaken elsewhere.

Maps of the swimming zones:

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Can I windsurf, kitesurf or jet ski?

Windsurfing is permitted except within designated Swimming Zones.

There are kitesurfing sections on Goring Greensward, Lancing Beach Green and Shoreham Beach.

Jet skis can be launched from the public launch ramp in Alinora car park.

For further details please contact the Foreshore Office or the Tourist Information Centre.

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Are there toilets by the beach? 

Yes, there are a number of facilities along the promenade.

See also: public toilets webpage.

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Where on the beach can I take my dog?

  • 1st October to 30th April: Dogs are permitted anywhere on the beach.
  • 1st May to 30th September: Dogs are excluded between Heene Road and Splash Point in Worthing, and between the two boat launching ramps in Goring.

For a list of Council byelaws, contact the Foreshore Office, or see byelaws.

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Where can I ride a horse on the beach?

  • 1st May to 30th September: You may ride on the sand before 10:00am and after 8:00pm.
  • 1st October to 30th April: You may ride on the sand at any time (note: it may be easier to the west of Worthing, around Goring or Ferring where it is easier to park vehicles).

For a list of Council byelaws, contact the Foreshore Office, or see byelaws.

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Are there any organised boat trips?

There are some, although not on a regular basis.

For more information contact the Foreshore Office.

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Can I go fishing?

Yes there are plenty of opportunities to fish, although during the summer months beach fishing is not allowed in designated swimming zones.

For beach fishing competitions, contact the Foreshore Office.

Fishing is allowed from Worthing Pier, although overhead casting is not allowed on the Pier decking. In addition, look out for signs showing areas where fishing is not permitted due to safety considerations.

For more information on how to apply for a fishing rod licence:

See also: illegal shellfish gathering on the River Adur.

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Do I have to pay to get on Worthing Pier?

No, it is free to visit.

For more information please see Worthing Pier.

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Is there boat mooring?

Yes, in Shoreham-by-Sea.

For more information see our River Adur webpage or visit the Surrey Boat Yard website.

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Is the weather going to be suitable for my reason to visit?

Taking part in some foreshore or sea based activities in unsuitable weather can be extremely dangerous.

For a full weather forecast and current sea conditions, please contact the Foreshore Office.

See also: tide tables and weather forecasts.

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Are there lifeguards on the beach?

There are no lifeguards but the Foreshore team is continuously patrolling between Ferring and Widewater in summer (and all year round in Worthing).

The staff members use safety boats and all terrain vehicles and are ready to respond to any emergencies that arise.

Lifesaving equipment is positioned along the seafront.

See also: RNLI and coastguard.

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