Seabirds met in the sea, Summer 2017. The three founding members, Ruth, Kath and Cat experienced significant changes in their lives, resulting in daily sea swims. We all needed solace from the rat race and some life-changing curve balls and we found this in the sea and from each other. The simple joy of meeting, getting in the cold water together, being outside and doing something playful had a really powerful effect on all of us. Whilst chatting, bobbing, changing, faffing and drinking tea, Seabirds was formed; in the sea, where all the best ideas are born! We decided to build a business with a moral code; ethical trading, organic, anti-waste and pro-people business, with a trading arm generating alternative funding for charities and local community groups.
We’ve all noticed the huge benefits that being in, on, or near the sea has had on both our physical and mental health and well being, not to mention the ‘free fun!’ Creating a way for others to experience these benefits was a natural next step. We recognised the huge need for salted wellbeing and now Seabirds has taken its fledgling flight...
- We give our profits to exceptional charities and community groups, getting more people who need it IN THE SEA
- We source ethically made products, avoiding environmental damage and waste. Plastic pollution solutions!
- Our products are built to last
- We work to live, not live to work
- We promote the benefits of getting outdoors, away from screens and particularly getting IN THE SEA
Getting to Know Us
Ruth – Mistress Of Magic I have spent the last 25 years teaching English, Art and Design Technology and in 2017 finally decided that it was time to move on. I have always swum in pools, lakes and rivers but my favourite has always been the sea, hence the move to Brighton over 20 years ago, and I have never looked back. I worked as a canoe instructor in my twenties and one New Year’s Resolution was to learn to surf before the age of 50, which I did. I really enjoy teaching and being in the sea and have combined these two activities by qualifying for my Surf Coach Safety and Rescue award and volunteering with The Brighton Surf Life Saving Club (which trains our future life guards) for the last few years. I am now looking forward to being able to continuing to pursue my love of sea-based activities within Seabirds.
Kath – VP of Miscellaneous Stuff and Project Meany! I have a background in the Financial Service industry and Project Management. More recently I have spent my time free-lancing and volunteering as an instructor and coordinator for various local charities that aim to improve well-being through water and increase awareness of sea safety. I am a qualified Surf Life Saving GB Trainer and I love nothing more than getting up early on a Saturday morning to embrace the cold sea with Brighton Surf Life Saving Club members. In my free time I like to holiday. A lot. I have a work hard, play hard ethic that ensures any free time is spent with my husband, kids and dog, looking for new outdoor adventures. (That’s when I am not curled up in my PJs with a book.)
Cat – Chief Amazement Officer I have been working with vulnerable adults and families for more than 20 years. I also have experience of running a successful online retail business. Not what anyone would ever describe as ‘sporty’, much to my surprise involvement with Brighton Surf Life Saving Club through my kids got me in the sea learning to surf and owning a wetsuit! Now I love swimming without one as much as I can. From personal experience I fully understands the positive impact that being in the water and having fun in the waves has on my life and mental state and recognise it as a lifeline and amazing resource on our doorstep.