We Need You!
We are crowd funding to continue and complete our build of a mobile, wood-fired Finnish sauna for Worthing beach. We are offering a variety of rewards in return for a cash pledge to bring our project to fruition.
We are Dave and Alice, friends who met through winter sea swimming.
Dave has run his own print business for 18 years. He is also a qualified lifeguard and lives in Brighton.
Alice runs a transport survey business and lives by the beach in Shoreham by Sea. She is a keen cyclist.
We are passionate advocates of both sea swimming and Finnish sauna.
What is sauna?
Sauna is a space where you can leave your everyday cares behind. No mobile devices (they would melt!), no demanding family, no deadlines… just you, your body and the heat.
It is hard to over-estimate the proven health benefits of sauna. These include:
Improved cardiovascular health & reduced stroke risk;
Stress reduction & sleep improvement;
Reduced chronic pain & fatigue;
Improved exercise performance & muscle recovery;
Dementia & alzheimers;
Sauna detoxification & fat loss.
As the Finns do, combining sauna with plunging into cold water simply amplifies these benefits and will leave you on an intense, natural high.
Turning our passion into a business...
Our passion for sauna gave us the vision for Fire, Salt & Sea; an authentic, wood-fired Finnish sauna pop-up.
There are a handful of seaside saunas in towns around the UK. We have been inspired by the success of Beach Box in Brighton and feel that Fire, Salt & Sea will help to grow this nascent UK sauna culture.
We are particularly attracted to Worthing for its community spirit, rich ecological history and local grassroots projects connecting people to the coast. We want to be part of this community and are passionate about bringing the benefits of sauna and sauna culture to Worthing’s residents and visitors.
Why are we crowd funding?
Our aim is to have the sauna up and running on the beach by the autumn of this year. We have started building the project but are looking for funding to buy an authentic stove & flue, spruce cladding, sauna benches and additional essential items, and to cover start-up costs such as licences, insurance etc.
What will the sauna experience be like?
The beach-side sauna will seat up to 7 people on two-tiered benches, facing a long horizontal window overlooking the sea and Worthing’s famous sunsets. It will be heated by a traditional wood-burning Finnish sauna stove with hot stones.
Changing facilities and watering-can showers will also be on site. The combining of essential oils with the sauna steam will help create an aromatic, relaxing atmosphere.The sauna will be next to the sea, allowing people to reap the health benefits of the sauna heat combined with cold water immersion. It will be a place of well being for people to 'switch off' the outside world for a while without mobile phones or other distractions and connect with other people.
Sauna sessions will be available through an online booking system. Exclusive private hire will also be available.
What is our vision for the future?
Our vision is for more than just a sauna. We want to create a vibrant social space connecting residents and visitors with the sea through joint events with Worthing organisations and businesses. We have already made links with local sea swimming groups and enterprises such as the Food Pioneers.
In the long term we aim to establish a more permanent site and will look to expand capacity based on demand.
Thank you for your support and we hope to see you on our sauna benches soon.