Swimming and Water Quality

A popular swimming beach but care is needed as it is a gently shelving shingle beach with strong tides which, from about two hours before until three hours after high water, flow to the west. There are no beach life guards but GAFIRS have a lifeboat station at the east end of the beach.

Water quality was classified as excellent in 2023 with more information from the following link:

https://environment.data.gov.uk/bwq/profiles/profile.html?_search=gosport&site=ukj3305-16700

https://www.thebeachguide.co.uk/south-west-england/hampshire/stokes-bay.htm

However, after periods of heavy rain, the quality can change with the notifications from Southern Water about storm release activity to be found at the following link:

https://www.southernwater.co.uk/water-for-life/beachbuoy