Snorkel Second Valley, Park of the Month - Encounter Marine Park - 28th February.
- Duration: 90 Minutes (approx.)
- Location: Second Valley, SA
- Product code: PSX4CQ
Encounter Marine Park is February's Park of the Month and to celebrate National Parks and Wildlife Service South Australia has subsidised a community Snorkel at Second valley Jetty, Beach and Reef on 6th February. Professional snorkel leaders and marine parks staff will help you explore the jetty and seagrass beds, home to the blue devilfish, elusive leafy and weedy seadragons and other colourful fish and plant life. Suitable for children 5 years and above who can tread water and swim. Children under 15 years must be accompanied by a parent/adult.
Heavily subsidised ticket price (made possible by funding and in-kind support from National Parks and Wildlife Service South Australia) includes guide, wetsuits and snorkel gear for adults and children. We have wetsuits from large adult down to size 4 child. 5-7-year-olds can participate if 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 masks and snorkels 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 your snorkel tour to fill out the registration form and be fitted with wetsuit and snorkel gear.
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 in car park near jetty entrance - look for the EMS trailer and marquee tent.
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).
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.