Selsey Shore Diving

Selsey Shore Diving

Selsey has an active fishing fleet which moors just off the beach; the scraps thrown overboard assist in attracting the abundance of marine life which can be found in the area. Although the Lifeboat Boathouse (including the remains of the previous Boathouse) has now been removed, there are still objects of interest including a landing craft and a small reef. The area is teaming with shoals of breeding fish, bib, wrasse, gobies, shore, spider and hermit crabs, lobsters, cuttlefish, pipefish, small congers, oysters, mussels and anemones. Average depth 6m - one of our many favourite dives as there is always something to see. Strong currents mean that it is best to dive at slack water (4 hours before and 3 hours after high water) - note that visibility is usually significantly better on the HW+3 slack unless there has been an extended period of settled weather.

Safety information

Please note that this is a working beach, more akin to a small harbour than a tourist beach.


  • wires / ropes on Beach from Winching operations; wires will be slippery from grease / oil and may be moving
  • Boat Traffic - Fishing Fleet. Selsey Angling club and both lifeboats.............Surface Marker Buoys to be used at all times.
  • The Inshore Lifeboat and new Shannon All_Weather Lifeboat now launch down the beach in front of the new Boathouse - please do not dive in the area immediately in front of the Boathouse and do not leave equipment on the beach in this area.


There is free Parking along Kingsway and a few spaces around the corner in Albion Rd in front of the Lifeboat Inn. Please do not park in the bus stop or in the spaces within the Lifeboat Station entrance.


Public Toilets are situated on the sea wall adjacent to the Lifeboat Station - these are open 0700 to 1930 in Summer.


Potters has opened in the corner of the Lifeboat Station area and serves drinks, locally caught seafood and home-made cakes.

Post dive drinks at the Lifeboat Inn or Fisherman's Joy (junction of Albion Rd / Manor Rd) or Seal Inn ( High St/ Hillfield Rd)