East Sussex

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Water Quality

Annual classification

2017 Excellent

Today's forecast

Forecasts are not available for this location.

Data provided by the Environment Agency

The beach has been formed by recent coastal defence work - shingle between rock groynes. At low tide, rock pools are created and the beach is backed by high chalk cliffs. For more on disabled access and facilities, please visit Brighton and Hove City Councils website.


Popular activities here are swimming, rockpooling (at low tide), scuba diving, surfing (hire available), canoeing and sailing. There is an area for children and a water sports centre.

Wildlife and Walks

There is an undercliff walk from Saltdean to Brighton and a cycle route the length of the seafront. RSPBs Adur Estuary reserve is nearby - there are some fantastic bird species there, including: dunlin, lapwing, oystercatcher, redshank and ringed plover.

What's tested here?

Water samples are taken at this designated bathing water by the Environment Agency, during the bathing season, 15th May to 30th September.
Find out more about designated bathing waters.

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 Excellent

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.

Data provided by the Environment Agency
More information about potential pollution sources and improvement plans.


This Weather Widget is provided by the Met Office

Tide times

Facilities at Saltdean

Food Food Toilets Toilets Bins Bins



Car parking is available on the northside of the A259.

Dog restrictions


Dogs welcome between 1st October - 30th April. Please check signs for restrictions during the season.

Beach cleaning

Beach cleaned regularly