Port Willunga Beach - Star of Greece Shipwreck Snorkel - 12th February
- Duration: 90 Minutes (approx.)
- Location: Port Willunga, SA
- Product code: EMSPNST
Join professional snorkel leaders, shipwreck historian and marine biologists for a guided wreck snorkel at Port Willunga Beach. The reef is the final resting place of the shipwreck 'Star of Greece' and home to an amazing variety of colourful fish and plant life. This snorkel requires fitness and confidence in water as there is a 600m beach walk followed by a 120m swim out to wreck which is up to 5m deep.
EMS snorkel tours are suitable for adults with and without children. Friends and families are grouped together.
We Provide a wetsuit, mask (goggles), snorkel, fins (flippers), and an accredited guide.
We have wetsuits from adult 4XL down to child 4.
All wetsuits are washed, and mask/snorkels sterilised between uses with COVID-19 approved chemicals.
Bring your own mask and snorkel if you have them.
Children 5 and over and people of all abilities, who are confident in the water and can swim at least 25 metres can come along.
One adult carer per 2 children under 15, the adult must supervise at all times.
A person living with a disability must be supervised and supported by an adult Carer, we accept companion card.
EMS can provide an immersive wheelchair, modified wetsuits and extra floatation devices.
If you require extra assistance or have any special requirements, please tell us when booking your ticket. We might call you to make sure we have the right things to support you on the day.
Please get there 30 minutes before your start time, you will have to fill out forms and put on your wetsuit and snorkel gear.
Everyone must wear a wetsuit or safety vest.
Toilets and shaded picnic tables are available
Easy access to the beach, a boat ramp for a kayak or stand up-board.
Accessible car parking.
EMS snorkel events are proudly supported by the Green Adelaide Landscape Board, City of Marion, Sustainable Onkaparinga, National Parks and Wildlife Service, City of Onkaparinga, Suzanne Elliot Charitable Trust, Department of Social Services and our team of amazing volunteers and staff.
*Note - this snorkel requires fitness and confidence in the water as there is a 600m beach walk followed by a 120m swim out to wreck which is up to 5m deep.
Are snorkel tours only for children? Or for adults too?
EMS snorkel tours are for all ages, adults, and children from 5 years and up. Children under 15 years will need to be accompanied and supervised in the water by a paying adult. For ages 5-7, no more than one child per adult. For ages 8 and above, no more than 2 children per adult.
What concessions are available?
A concession is defined as a Senior or Australian Health Care Card Holder who holds a Government issued Senior Card, Pension Card, Repatriation Health Card or Veterans Affair card.
A student is defined as any primary or secondary school student or full time tertiary and post-secondary students who have an approved photo ID.
Companion Card is accepted.
Are warm wetsuits and snorkel gear provided?
Yes, we supply warm wetsuits with boots as well as snorkel gear. You can bring your own.
Will I be cold?
We use wetsuits that keep you snug and warm. If you feel the cold let us know when booking and we can bring extra body liners and hooded vests.
Do I have to wear a wetsuit?
Yes, wetsuits will help you float, protect you from stingers, sunburn, and cuts. If you can’t wear a wetsuit then a vest will be provided.
Can I bring my own wetsuit and snorkel gear?
Yes, we encourage you to bring your own gear. Make sure it is full length and will keep you warm.
Can I wear a weight belt?
EMS does not provide a weight belt.
You can bring your own weight belt If you have a dive certification. Your snorkel leader will need to see the certification and have you sign a form stating that you will wear your own weight belt.
A weight belt cannot be more than 10% of your body weight or make you negatively buoyant.
How deep do you go? How far out?
We stay close (usually within 10-15m) to the reef and jetty at a maximum depth of 6m.
I have never snorkelled before and can’t swim well can I join a tour?
No, but you could sign up for an EMS Snorkel 101 class - an introduction to snorkelling where you are taught in a controlled pool environment. Book via our website.
What is money for my ticket used for?
EMS is a not-for-profit, so all ticket money pays for staff, dive professionals, insurance, equipment storage and volunteer expenses such as training and travel subsidy.
Funding, in-kind support and hundreds of volunteer hours makes it possible to reduce the price of event tickets by up to 60%.
Where do I meet to take part in the tour?
EMS Snorkel leaders will have a registration table and Marquee tent set up at end of beach carpark (down from Star of Greece Cafe) - look for the EMS trailer and marquee.
COVID-19: Advice for snorkel tour participants
In response to COVID-19, we listen to Government advice.
EMS always uses well maintained and suitable equipment
The water we swim in contains a large number of microbes, so our equipment is cleaned and sanitised after every use.
Standard Operating Procedures Manual
all equipment is sanitised after each use.
masks and snorkels are submerged for 15 minutes in a solution of Milton’s Antibacterial Solution (Milton™ contains sodium hypochlorite and is used by hospitals and government agencies to kill COVID-19).
- Masks are treated with detergent or commercial de-fog spray before use.
- Hoods are treated with commercial germicidal disinfectant Mediclean™ (effective against COVID-19) and rinsed before being air-dried and stored.
EMS safety provisions have been increased due to COVID 19
- Increased our already strong equipment cleaning and sanitation measures.
- a hand sanitation station at the registration desk and gear fitting areas.
- health and hygiene practices, including sending volunteers and staff home who are unwell and instructing anyone who is unwell to stay home i
- staff and volunteers will not have physical contact when greeting colleagues and participants.
- changed our cancellation/refund policy to prevent attendants who are unwell with cold/flu-like symptoms attending
We kindly ask anyone who feels unwell to stay home and to stay up to date via the 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 keeping our community healthy and for your understanding during this challenging time.
Note - this snorkel requires fitness and confidence in the water as there is a 600m beach walk followed by a 120m swim out to wreck which is up to 5m deep.