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The Sea is my Religion


Sustainable Conservation Trust



Imagine walking into a church where sea swimmers dance in light projections on historic walls, while the sounds of waves and seabirds fill the air. You're immersed in a multi-sensory experience that mirrors different times of the day, complete with the mesmerising rhythm of sunsets over our beloved Solent. Sea swimmers, cloaked in their swim robes, gather, forming an unconventional yet captivating ritual.

Over fifty new faces, mostly locals who had never stepped foot in The Royal Garrison Church, plunged into this experience with us. Their feedback was a resounding thumbs up! They loved how the church's architectural charm, perfectly harmonised with the art installation. It's not every day you get to enjoy an event, explore art, and learn about our rich Naval history in one go!

This gathering wasn't just about art and architecture. It was a celebration of unity and resilience, honouring our post-Covid community. Participants from all walks of life shared their sea swimming tales, spotlighting the value of outdoor activities for mental and physical health.

What's more, everyone got to be a part of the show. Images, films, and stories submitted by the swimmers, the community, made this a uniquely participative experience. Attendees left feeling connected to nature, their community, and of course, the invigorating joy of open sea swimming.

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