Littlehampton - Coastguard Station

West Sussex

Littlehampton - Coastguard Station
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Water Quality

Annual classification

2017 Not tested

Today's forecast

Forecasts are not available for this location.

This is a Seaside award and Blue Flag beach. There is a large expanse of sand and shingle at low tide. Devoted management initiatives have ensured cleanliness and good facilities.


Popular activities here are swimming, windsurfing, kite surfing, power boating and fishing. There is a children’s area.

Wildlife and Walks

There is the promenade and the town of Littlehampton to explore, or take a river boat to West beach for a walk. West Beach is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) due to the natural dune formations.

What's tested here?

Water samples are not taken at this beach because it has not been designated as a bathing water and there is no voluntary sampling.
Why isn't this a designated bathing water?

High levels of bacteria in the water can indicate pollution from sewage treatment works or polluted rain water draining from the land.
Where does pollution comes from and how can you help?

Water quality can be reduced for up to 72 hours after heavy rain. Look out for temporary signs at the beach and on our website.

Annual classification

2017 Not tested

What does this mean?

At the end of every bathing season the water quality is classified as either:

Excellent — the highest classification meaning the water is cleanest

Good — generally good water quality

Sufficient — meets minimum standards

Poor — You are advised not to swim. The beach will stay open and an action plan should be in place to improve the water quality.

Today's forecast

Forecasts are not available for this location.


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Tide times

Potential hazards at this beach

Strong currents Strong currents
Tidal cut-off Tidal cut-off
Deep shelving beach Deep shelving beach
Strong winds Strong winds

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Facilities at Littlehampton - Coastguard Station

Food Food Toilets Toilets Shops Shops Bins Bins



Pay and Display Car Parks behind the beach.

Dog restrictions


Dogs not allowed on certain areas during summer.

Beach cleaning

Beach cleaned daily during the summer.



Dates and times

Service provided by RLNI

Daily: 20th May - 10th September 2017

Weekends: 29th April - 14th May 2017

Please ensure you read beach notice boards for any changes to lifeguard service. Please see safety tab for more information on beach safety.