Dive Sites

Wrecks

Brighton is central on Admiralty Chart SC1652 (Selsey Bill to Beachy Head). The area covered by this chart has 486 wrecks located within it.

Admiralty Chart 1652 Selsey Bill to Beachy Head

Admiralty Chart 1652 Selsey Bill to Beachy Head

The maximum charted depth of the water is about 80m, but most of the area is much shallower. This makes every wreck within the reach of recreational divers. The majority of the wrecks are under 50m making them accessible to scuba divers, but some of the deeper ones will require the use of trimix.

The wrecked Nyon aground nr St Abbs. The Nyon was later wrecked off the Sussex coast and is a popular dive

The wrecked Nyon aground nr St Abbs. The Nyon was later wrecked off the Sussex coast and is a popular dive

Reefs

In addition to the wrecks off the Sussex coast, to the east of Brighton are the distinctive white chalk cliffs. These cliffs continue along the Severn Sisters country park to Beachy Head at the eastern end of the chart. The chalk coastline is very rare marine habitat. It offers a unique opportunity to appreciate the marine life that thrives in this habitat. The soft chalk underwater forms deep gullies under the cliffs that can be seen at low tide. These are excellent for juvenile fish. Further out the chalk forms rock outcrops with numerous holes that are ideal for lobster and other animals. These outcrops extend far to the west of Brighton where there is no sign of the distinctive white chalk to be seen on the coastline.

Lobster in a chalk hollow with a female cuckoo wrasse

Lobster in a chalk hollow with a female cuckoo wrasse

A database of wrecks and other dive sites can be found by using the link on the side-bar.

Wrecks of the Sussex Coast

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