CuttleFest - Swim with GIANT Cuttlefish 4, 5, 6, 7, 10, 11 & 12 July 2020
- Duration: 90 Minutes (approx.)
- Location: Stony Point, South Australia
- Product code: Cuttlefest
A big thank you to our amazing EMS Volunteer snorkel guides, Whyalla City Council, Natural Resources Eyre Peninsula and National Parks and Wildlife Service for making it possible to run this event - an event that people from all over the world are coming to see!
Jump in and swim with Giant Australian Cuttlefish!
Join our nationally accredited snorkel guides for a snorkel with the amazing Giant Australian cuttlefish at Stony Point in the Upper Spencer Gulf Marine Park. Learn about their blue blood and see first hand their colourful mating rituals in a safe group environment.
The reef is also home to a variety of colourful plant life, fish, sea lions, whales and dolphins. For more information about the Upper Spencer Gulf Marine Park head to their website here
As seen on TV! SA Weekender, David Attenborough's Blue Planet and Totally Wild! Watch the Ch 10 Totally Wild! episode here (start video at 18:10).
The snorkel sessions:
Each tour lasts for up to 90 minutes (including suiting up in warm wetsuits, safety & cuttlefish behaviour briefing, snorkel and debriefing). The tour is suitable for both adults and children (8 years and above) who can swim at least 25m and tread water. Children under 15 years must be accompanied and supervised in water by an adult (no more than 2 children per adult). Each supervising adult is also a paying tour participant.
Depth ranges from 1-3m and groups stay close to shore in shallower water for best colour displays. Small groups are led by our accredited guides with marine biologist guides on hand to answer questions about the cuttlefish.
Arrive 30 minutes early:
Please arrive at Stony Point at least 30 minutes before the start time to complete the registration form and be fitted with wetsuit & snorkel gear.
Click here for map showing Stony Point or search for 'Stony Point, Giant Cuttlefish dive site' on Google Maps.
COVID-19: Advice for snorkel tour participants
EMS is committed to offering a welcoming and safe place for our snorkel tour participants, employees and volunteers.
In response to COVID-19, we are closely monitoring developments and taking action in line with Government advice to mitigate any risk posed to the community. At this time all EMS snorkel events have been cancelled until end of June 2020. If advice changes, we will update you, our website and all social media channels accordingly. Please be assured that EMS has always ensured any equipment used by our participants is well maintained and fit for purpose. The water we swim in is known to contain a large number of microbes, so ensuring our equipment is sanitised after every use is, and has always been, an integral part of our snorkelling operations.
As detailed in our Standard Operating Procedures Manual, all equipment is sanitised after each use. Specifically,
- Masks are treated with detergent or commercial de-fog spray before use.
- After use our masks and snorkels are submerged for 15 minutes in a solution of Milton’s Antibacterial Solution (Milton™ contains sodium hypochlorite and is advocated by hospitals and government agencies to kill COVID-19).
- Wetsuit, hoods, booties and gloves are treated with commercial germicidal disinfectant Mediclean™ (effective against COVID-19) and rinsed before being air-dried and stored.
To enhance your health and safety while participating in a snorkel tour EMS has undertaken the following safety provisions:
- Increased our already strong equipment cleaning and sanitation measures.
- Implemented a hand sanitation station at registration desk and gear fitting areas.
- Reinforced employee health and hygiene practices, including sending volunteers and staff home and encouraging those who are unwell to stay home if their demonstrated health symptoms could impact upon colleagues or participants.
- Disallowing staff and volunteers from engaging in physical contact when greeting colleagues and participants.
- Update our cancellation/refund policy to prevent attendants who are unwell with cold/flu-like symptoms.
- Screen attendees at registration /entry for body temperature (infrared thermometer) and health questions e.g. have you had temperature or felt unwell.
We kindly ask anyone who feels unwell to postpone the tour until fully recovered, and we encourage you to stay up to date via Australian Government Coronavirus Health Information Line: 1800 020 080 and SA COVID-19 updates website https://www.covid-19.sa.gov.au/
Thank you for playing your part in keeping our community healthy. We are grateful for your understanding during this challenging time.