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Sea temperatures, water sports and vacation activities near Swanage, England

Water temperatures throughout the year and general information about Swanage...

Swanage is a beach in England. The water temperature around Swanage has a large variability year round. The temperature ranges from 5.9°C (42.7°F) in February up to 17.3°C (63.1°F) in the month of August, as shown in the interactive table below. The average water temperature throughout the year is 12°C (53°F) and the best time for water activities is late summer, since Swanage is located in the northern hemisphere.

Hover over the bars to see temperature for each month in Celsius and Fahrenheit.

What is the current water temperature at Swanage?

The current water temperature in the month of April at Swanage is ca:
9°C (48°F)

Are there surf spots close by?

Yes, there are a few surf spots in proximity to Swanage. The nearest one is Kimmeridge The Ledges, which is only 7.5km (4.7miles) away from Swanage. Click here for directions and for more information on Kimmeridge The Ledges and its current water temperature. Other fun surfspots near Swanage are Kimmeridge Bay Bench, which is approximately 7.6km (4.7miles) away, and Bournemouth Pier, located 8.3km (5.1miles) from Swanage.

Are there any other white sand beaches near by?

There are several beaches in proximity to Swanage. The closest one is Shell Bay, which is 1.9km (1.2miles) away from Swanage. Another nice beach near Swanage is Studland, which is approximately 2.4km (1.5miles) away.

What kind of wetsuit thickness is needed for Swanage?

The sea temperature at Swanage is relatively cold, reaching up to 17°C (63°F) in the months of July, August, and September. During this time, in the late summer, a 2-3mm wetsuit might be recommended to be in the water for several hours, but some people might even be fine with a jumpsuit or even a wetsuit top for surfing, swimming, snorkelling, or diving . Nevertheless, during late winter, temperatures drop down to nearly 6°C (43°F). During these months, a 4-5mm wetsuit is required to be able to stay in the water for a significant amount of time, but some might even be fine with a very good 4/3mm suit for short periods of time . For very windy conditions and cold mornings/evenings, it might be better to bring a pair of boots, a hoodie and a gloves.

How is the diving and fishing near Swanage?

Due to significant water temperature changes during the year, scuba diving and fishing conditions change a lot depending on the season. The temperature ranges from 6 to 11°C (43-52°F) during January, February, and March. Haddock, Pollock, and Atlantic Cod love this temperature range. The conditions normally change during summer when water temperatures range from 12 to 17°C (54-63°F). Fish which like to swim in waters of this temperature range include: Red Snapper, Skipjack Tuna, Striped Bass, and Weakfish.

Directions to Swanage: How do I get there?

Please follow the directions in the map below.

Fun facts about Swanage...

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