Great South Skinny Dip

Great South Skinny Dip
Knoll Beach, Studland Bay,
Near Swanage, Dorset. BH19 3AQ. (what3words ///dumpling.hatch.corkscrew)
Saturday 14th September 2024, 1pm (meet from 12 noon)
Entry costs £15.00

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The Great South Skinny Dip is part of the Great British Skinny Dip. Thousands of people across the country will be taking part to raise money for good causes and to experience the exhileration of being naked.
Why Skinny Dip?
From mental health and body positivity to raising your heart rate and just feeling the rush of being alive, there are many, many health benefits to being naked. But, if you are looking for another reason to skinny dip, why not do it for a great cause? Our chosen charity is the mental heath charity MIND (charity reg no 219830)

The Great British Skinny Dip started in 2016 and has expanded from one event to dozens being organised around the country.

Being in a non-judgemental diverse group helps you become familiar with and accepting of all kinds of body types. Whatever you look like, you are normal, as is everyone else.
You can be as bare as you dare. If you would feel more comfortable wearing a swimsuit then you are welcome to. There will be time to strip off and store your clothes before the off and plenty of space to spread out or stay within your friends or family group when on the beach.

The Great South Skinny Dip takes place at 1pm (meet from 12 noon) on the beach at Studland Bay. We are 1km along the sea front to the north (to the left) of the Knoll Beach National Trust car park.

We will be meeting at 12 noon at on the beach. You will see our Slow Swimming torquoise flags and table 1km along the beach to the north of the car park.
Please make sure you have entered online first. Once signed in you will receive a wrist band that you must wear during the event.
At 1pm we will sound the horn and rush as one into the sea. Squeals and screams are bound to follow!

This year we are proud to be raising much needed funds for MIND (charity reg no 219830)
Ask your friends, family and colleagues to sponsor you to take part in the Great South Skinny Dip then click here to make a donation to MIND, or to upload your sponsorship money.

To Enter the Swim

1. Click the ‘Sign Me Up button’ to go through to Entry Central
2. Fill in the details of each member of your group.
You can pay by any type of payment card using the checkout.

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Order your Great South Skinny Dip patch for your robe or towel at the same time and it will be ready for you on the day.


By road

B3351 from Corfe Castle and Swanage or via chain ferry from Sandbanks, Poole

Parking: Pay and display at the National Trust car park, Knoll Beach (free to NT members).

On foot

Studland Bay is on the South West Coast Path and is accessible on foot from Bournemouth and Poole via the Sandbanks chain ferry.

By train

The closest mainline railway stations are Parkstone and Branksome in Poole and Wareham. The closest stop on the Swanage Railway is Swanage itself. Options for onward travel to Studland Bay include buses, walking and cycling.

By bus

Purbeck Breezer no.50 from Bournemouth and Poole or Swanage. £2 per person until end October.

By bicycle

Studland Bay is on the National Cycle Network Route Two which runs east to Bournemouth and Poole and west to Corfe Castle and Wareham. Bike racks are available at Knoll Beach. Beryl bikes bays are available at all four Studland Bay car parks (South, Middle and Knoll Beaches, Shell Bay). Any bicycles, including Beryl bikes, can be brought over on the ferry for a £1 fee each way (the Beryl bike hire fee can be ‘paused’ while on ferry). For more information go to

Cycle route information 

By ferry

A chain ferry links Sandbanks in Poole with Studland Bay, carrying vehicles, bikes and foot passengers. Ferry service runs every 20 minutes. Find out more about arriving by ferry or phone 01929 450203.

Am I allowed to take pictures?

We strongly urge you to consider the privacy of others when taking film and photos to capture your GSSD experience. Refrain from uploading any footage to social media without the permission of all those featured. Some dippers simply cannot afford to have themselves displayed on the internet. Be sensible and respectful.