On the Water
The water has played an important part to this region for centuries. Fishermen have hauled their catch up onto Worthings beaches since before 1700 and even today you can still buy fresh fish on the beach. Fisherman now also enjoy casting their lines fom the pier.
The younger generation have moved in to make the most of the fabulous winds which are accelerated by the South Downs making the conditions perfect for kitesurfing and windsurfing. Lewis Crathern, 4 times British Kitesurfer Champion and Worthing resident says "Worthing is a really cool place to live and has become the kitesurf capital of the UK, offering some of the best kitesurfing conditions in the world." Come down and watch them fly whenever the wind is blowing - you might be watching some of the world's pros!
Worthing is home to the Worthing Rowing Club and Worthing Sailing Club. Taster sessions are often available, so why not have a go? There are also a number of watersports operators, many of which provide lessons and equipment for a variety of different watersports from kitesurfing to paddle boarding.
Sussex Water Sports is a store that also offers a massive range of watersports lessons, experiences and equipment based in Goring-by-Sea.
The Kite Surf & SUP Co are Brighton’s newest kitesurfing school and online store. They offer quality kitesurfing sessions in small groups or one on one sessions and use radios so that you can hear your instructor at all times.
Sussex Surf School offer both kitesurfing and SUP (Stand up Paddleboarding) lessons based in a number of venues in Sussex, including Goring-by-Sea and on the River Adur.
Brighton Kitesurf & SUP Academy based on Lancing Beach, offer kitesurf and SUP lessons to suit all levels: one or two day group lessons or private one to one lessons.
BN1 Kitesurfing offer kitesurfing lessions in various locations along the south coast, including Lancing and Shoreham. The sessions are structured around the BKSA and IKO standard allowing you to walk away with a qualification which you have thoroughly enjoyed earning.
History & Places to see
Along the coast is Shoreham-by-Sea located at the mouth of the River Adur. It's dominated by Shoreham Port, one of the South Coasts premier commercial ports. Established in 1760, the port provides Southern England with a great deal of its raw materials including timber, steel, grain, tarmac to name but a few. Group tours are available by special appointment only.
The RNLI Lifeboat Station situated on Kingston Beach adjacent to the lighthouse, is manned all year round by local volunteers, it is home to historical memorabilia and artifacts.
The River Adur is full of activity; boating, sailing, yachting, rowing, windsurfing and canoeing are all popular activities on the river and in the Port of Shoreham. River moorings and berths for visiting vessels are controlled and provided by Shoreham Port Authority in the locked canal section of the harbour. The Adur Outdoor Activities Centre is a great place to start particularly if you have no previous experience.
The River Adur Estuary is a Local Nature Reserves (LNRs) with Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSIs) and so is a haven for wildlife.
A history of activity along the south coast in the English Channel brings with it a large number of ship wrecks perfect for scuba diving. Get your air fills and equipment from the dive shop in Lancing and take a charter boat out from Shoreham Harbour - there's so much to see.
No matter what you're doing on the water always remember that you are responsible for the safety of yourself and others when out and about on the water. Make yourself familiar with the local regulations and signage before you venture out onto the water and remember to check the weather, wind and tide situation and forecasts as well.