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Water & Jet Skiing

Conditions

St Bees has a mile long sweep of sand leading to the rocks of the red sandstone St Bees Heads. There is a large tidal range, and the tide can recede 400 metres from the shingle. The prevailing wind is from the south west. Only if the wind is offshore or from the North, is there any protection in rough weather. This has advantages for some, and not for others.

There is public access to the beaches at Seacote and Seamill, and there is a concrete slip at the Seacote beach. The sandy beach is only covered at high tide. This slip and its immediate access road should be vacated immediately after launching/retrieving to allow lifeboat access. The sand is firm enough for easy towing of towing/launching trolleys with four wheel drive vehicles.

Vehicles and launching trolleys must be returned to car park and launching ramp kept clear at all times for the lifeboat.

Water Ski and Jet Ski

Launching has the same problems as for sailing boats, and four wheel drive vehicles are strongly recommended. There have been some rather waterlogged two-wheel vehicles over the years!

Skiers are requested to stay well out to keep clear of swimmers. Solo Jet Skiers should note that once they are round the South Head, they are out of sight of the beach; if they get into difficulties they may not be seen. If in groups or with a rescue boat, using the area north of south head considerably reduces the noise for other beach users and villagers.