Snorkel Port Noarlunga Jetty and Sanctuary

From AUD $29.00
  • Duration: 90 Minutes (approx.)
  • Location: SA
  • Product code: EMSPNST

Join professional snorkel leaders and marine biologists for a guided snorkel at Port Noarlunga reef. The reef has been an aquatic reserve and sanctuary since 1971 and is home to an amazing variety of colourful fish and plant life.

EMS snorkel events are Proudly supported by the Green Adelaide Landscape Board, National Parks and Wildlife Service, City of Onkaparinga, Suzanne Elliot Charitable Trust, Department of Human Services and our team of volunteers.

Funding, in-kind support and over 100 volunteer hours per event makes it possible to reduce the price of tickets by up to 80%. EMS is a not-for-profit and all funds raised from ticket sales go to overheads such as dive pro event leaders, insurance, equipment storage and volunteer training.

A short drive from Adelaide, families can enjoy the beach, picnic, and easy reef access, at this captivating site located in the Encounter Marine Park and Port Noarlunga Sanctuary Zone. Beginners can enter from the shore (under the jetty) and explore the pylons and shallow southern reef. Advanced snorkellers can investigate life under jetty and along the reef via the jetty’s end stairs.

At the jetty stair entry, you’ll be welcomed by large schools of sweep, silver drummer, leather jackets, and zebrafish. As you move along the reef, search for crabs, rays, reef fish, squid (and maybe even a dolphin or seadragon!) Along with the beach entry areas, look for bright orange sea stars, crabs, bream, dusky morwong, rays, and - if you’re lucky - a harmless Port Jackson shark!

Suitable for children 5 years and above whom are good swimmers. At least one parent to accompany and supervise two children. EMS has limited wetsuits and floatation devices for under 7 years. 5-7-year-olds can participate if parents supply the child's own wetsuit and floatation device & supervision is one-on-one by a parent. Snorkel tours are taken at (or close to) low tide when there is little water movement and best visibility. Depth ranges from 2-6m. Trained snorkel guides lead the tours and are often accompanied by student or qualified marine biologists.

Please arrive at least 30 minutes before start time to fill out the registration form and be fitted with snorkel gear.

Parking and amenities: Parking and spacious visitor facilities with change rooms, toilets, shaded picnic tables, and outside showers. Easy access to the reef via stairs and dive platforms. Boat ramp to launch a kayak or stand up-board. Accessible car parking and ramps.

Ticket price includes wetsuits and snorkel gear for adults and children. We have wetsuits from Adult 4XL down to size 4 child. EMS has limited floatation devices for under 7 years. 5-7-year-olds can participate if parents supply the child's own floatation device & supervision is one-on-one by a parent. Depth ranges from 2-4m. Trained snorkel guides lead the tours and are often accompanied by student or qualified marine biologists. All wetsuits are washed and mask 'n' snorkel sterilised between uses.

Suitable for children 5 years and above who are good swimmers. With a ratio of one parent to accompany and supervise two children. 

Please arrive at least 30 minutes before start time to fill out the registration form and be fitted with snorkel gear.


FAQ

What concessions are available?

A concession is defined as a Senior or Australian Health Care Card Holder who hold an Australian Government issues Senior Card, Pension Card, Repatriation Health Card or Veterans Affair card. For an overseas senior, Proof of Age Card or Passport showing age as 65+ years old.

A student is defined as any primary and secondary school student or full time tertiary and post-secondary students who have an approved photo ID. 


Where do I meet to take part in the tour?

EMS Snorkel leaders will have a registration table set up near Harbour Kiosk & toilet block at the start of boardwalk down to the beach  - look for the EMS trailer, marquee tent and banner.


Is there an age limit to enter the event?

The event is open to children 5 years and above who can swim.


What can/can't I bring to the event?

Bring your own wetsuit and snorkelling gear (if you don’t have your own snorkelling equipment we provide free of charge).


The name on the registration/ticket doesn't match the attendee. Is that okay?

That is fine, we will update at registration on the day.


Do you need to have snorkelling experience?

You don’t need snorkelling experience but you do need to be able to tread water and swim a short distance (at least 25m).  Larger groups will be broken down to smaller groups with similarly experienced snorkelers in each group - this allows more assistance to those who require it.


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 the 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 the 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.