Waves average about 1 m and occasional rips continue up to the rocks at Mosmans (north of Leighton). There are beach breaks along here during a higher swell. Leighton and the surrounding area is popular among kitesurfers.
The northern section is home to a dog beach and is a popular section to snorkel during summer.The Fremantle Surf Life Saving Club has been patrolling Leighton beach since 1935, and also maintains the annex and patrol tower overlooking Port Beach.
A separate Port Surf Life Saving Club operated at Port Beach between 1958 and 1976 when it was amalgamated with Fremantle SLSC, with the watchtower continuing to provide lifesaving services.