2015 041The waters of Brighton have many moods – providing benign child friendly paddling on a rare calm low tide to raging waves that shift the shore of shingle. On rare days of glassy calm we swim with fish fry in summer – more usually we’re buffeted by waves and carried slightly west by the current. After heavy rain the silt of gutters is sweeps to the sea sitting on the surface in thick slick. Most days cloudy chalk fed waters churn allowing safe swimming for those not afraid of a sharp intake of breath.

This diary of dipping will document small but intrepid adventures in the waters off Brighton and possibly beyond – from the dipping of toes to full immersion.