FIRE SALT & SEA: A Mobile Beach Sauna for Worthing

by Alice Baddeley & Dave Batchelor in Worthing, England, United Kingdom

We did it
On 18th September 2020 we successfully raised £9,251 with 126 supporters in 22 days

Placing a mobile wood-fired sauna on Worthing beach, connecting the community with each other and with the sea.

by Alice Baddeley & Dave Batchelor in Worthing, England, United Kingdom

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.

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About Us

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. 

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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; 

Respiratory disease; 

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...

1597682862_fss_logo_v2.jpgOur passion for sauna gave us the vision for Fire, Salt & Sea; an authentic, wood-fired Finnish sauna pop-up.  


Why Worthing?

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.  

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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.      

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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.

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Thank you for your support and we hope to see you on our sauna benches soon.

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£20 or more

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2 x Gift vouchers for 2 x 90 minute sauna sessions

2 x gift vouchers for 2 x 90 minute sessions in the sauna worth £30. A great Christmas present. Can be used for 2 separate sessions or for 2 people in the same session. Valid until March 2021.

£5 or more

30 minute sauna 'taster' session

Spend 30 minutes at our site on Worthing beach to experience the benefits of sauna and cold water immersion. A code will be emailed to you to redeem through our web-based booking system.

£5 or more

Fire, Salt & Sea Postcard

Our profuse thanks handwritten on a postcard from Alice & Dave, featuring a photograph of our authentic wood-fired sauna in situ on the beach.

£8 or more

Fire, Salt & Sea enamel mug

A Fire, Salt & Sea branded enamel mug perfect for the outdoors.

£10 or more

Fire, Salt & Sea tote bag

A Fire, Salt & Sea branded tote bag for all your sauna essentials

£15 or more

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Mindbalance Rest & Restore Yoga Class in Worthing

Join one of the Mindbalance Rest & Restore yoga classes worth £15. Classes are starting 2.10.2020 and take place every first Friday of the month 7-8.30pm at Salt Water studios in Worthing. A nurturing and calming Yoga class allowing deep relaxation. Based on restorative yoga, it will go through calming poses, staying in each pose for an extended period to allow your body to fully let go and relax. The perfect way to unwind after a long day.

£40 or more

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4 x gift vouchers for 4 x 90 minute sauna sessions

4 x gift vouchers for 4 x 90 minute sessions in the sauna worth £60. A great Christmas present. Can be used for 4 separate sessions or for 4 people in the same session. Valid until March 2021.

£40 or more

Fire, Salt & Sea changing towel poncho with pocket

A black Fire, Salt & Sea branded soft changing towel poncho with zip pocket and hood. It can double up as a towel to sit on in the sauna.

£60 or more

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Sauna session for 6 at Seaside Sauna Haus, Dorset

£60 redeemable sauna session at Seaside Sauna Haus for up to 6 people from your household group. One Hour on a Friday at Seatown, West Dorset

£85 or more

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Staffed sauna private hire for 90 mins - seats 7

Exclusive use of the sauna for 90 mins complete with 2 members of staff. Seats up to 7 people. Worth £105. Complimentary 'whisking' included.

£150 or more

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Staffed Sauna private hire for 3 hours - seats 7

Exclusive use of the sauna for three hours complete with 2 members of staff. Seats up to 7 people. Worth £210. Complimentary 'whisking' inlcuded.

£500 or more

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Private sauna hire for 24 hours (unstaffed)

Hire the entire sauna for 24 hours on private land. The sauna can seat up to 7 people. It will be dropped off and collected at a location within a 30 mile radius of Worthing. Wood and whisks provided. Deposit required.

£1,000 or more

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Private sauna hire for 48 hours (unstaffed)

Hire the entire sauna for 48 hours on private land. The sauna can seat up to 7 people. It will be dropped off and collected at a location within a 30 mile radius of Worthing. Wood and whisks provided. Deposit required.

£5 or more

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Authentic Felt Finnish Sauna Hat

An authentic felt Finnish sauna hat designed to keep your head cool in the sauna!

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