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Watersports and Mental Health




In our fast paced, online driven world, we rarely find ways to escape and look after our mental health. However, one way to achieve this is through water-sports by embracing beaches and destinations like Pevensey Beach in East Sussex. There are so many benefits of engaging in water-sports, especially as the seasons are changing and we are heading into colder temperatures. We will also explore why Pevensey and the surrounding areas are a perfect backdrop for these activities.


There is a huge connection between mental health and water-sports, but even more about the connection between happiness and the ocean. The ocean has always been recognised as a source of peace and tranquility, as well as a distress tool.


  • Calm

Not only does the rhythmic sound of waves, or the ebb and flow of the tide, have a soothing impact on the human mind, but the natural white noise has scientifically been proven to reduce stress and promote feelings of relaxation.

  • Blue Mind

The term 'blue mind' is used to describe the mental health benefits associated with being near or looking at the water, especially the ocean. Due to the ocean's vastness and varying shades of blue, it often evokes feelings of connection and calmness. These feelings can help alleviate or lessen symptoms of anxiety or depression.

  • Being Present

Being by the ocean or swimming often naturally encourages a desire to be present and mindful. The immense vastness of the ocean can make worries feel much smaller in comparison, helping people let go of stress and focus more on the present. This means anxieties about the past or future are dimmed when being completely present in the moment.






Now that we know the benefits of being in and around the water, there are even more advantages to be found in participating in watersports. Swimming, paddleboarding, surfing—these activities all involve physical exercise. Exercise is known to release endorphins that naturally elevate mood, thereby improving overall mental health. The sense of accomplishment that comes from mastering new skills in watersports can also boost self-esteem and overall happiness.


Why is Pevensey the ideal setting? Located in East Sussex, it offers an ideal spot for water-sport enthusiasts, and those just wanting to start a new water based activity.


  1. Accessible: Pevensey Bay is easily accessed by all, making it a welcoming destination. Its proximity to Eastbourne and Hastings makes it convenient to visit other beaches and engage in water-sports more regularly.

  2. Diverse Watersport Options: Whether you want to kite surf, wing foil, paddleboard, or open water swim, Pevensey offers diverse water-sport opportunities suitable for all skill levels.


Engaging in water-sports, can provide amazing boosts to someone's mental health.The perfect blend of physical activity, the serene beauty of the water, and the joy of learning something new creates a recipe for positivity that's hard to beat. Here at Be-RAD we want to encourage everyone to get into the water and try something new. Visit our website for a treasure trove of information on lessons, tips, and tricks to kick-start your aquatic journey. And don't forget to drop by our shop for some expert guidance on the gear you'll need and want. We hope everyone can feel more positive as the seasons are changing and get into the water more often .




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