Snorkel the New Beach Whyalla on Eyre Peninsula - 11th January
- Duration: 90 Minutes (approx.)
- Location: Whyalla, SA
- Product code: PNYZ1B
Experiencing Marine Sanctuaries Inc., National Parks, and Wildlife Service is excited to give the Eyre Peninsula Community a chance to learn about our amazing coastal and marine environment.
Proudly supported by National Parks and Wildlife Service - this funding and in-kind volunteer support enable EMS to offer these snorkel tours at up to 85% off the normal price + Special $10 discount for Eyre Peninsula locals.
Join snorkel leaders for a guided snorkel at the ‘New Beach’ next to Whyalla Marina on the Eyre Peninsula (on the edge of Upper Spencer Gulf Marine Park). The beach is officially known as Whyalla Yacht Club beach but locally known as the New Beach. The beach has been there for approximately 30 years since the establishment of the Whyalla marina. The snorkel site is located at the beach, with snorkel tours to enter and exit via the beach and then extend seawards along the north-eastern side of the marina breakwater. Habitat includes the rocky structure of the marina breakwater, sandy bottom, and patchy seagrass. Whyalla is well known for the aggregation of the Giant Australian Cuttlefish, which occurs between May and August each year. A good diversity of temperate southern reef species are also common in the area including eagle rays and port Jackson sharks.
EMS snorkel tours are suitable for adults with and without children. Friends, families and experience levels are grouped together and provided with a guide. Groups 3-6 participants dependent on the experience level of the group.
We Provide a wetsuit, mask (goggles), snorkel, fins (flippers), and accredited guide.
We have wetsuits from adult 4XL down to child 4.
All wetsuits are washed, and mask/snorkels sanitised 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.
Parking, toilets, and hot showers are available.
Accessible car parking.
EMS snorkel events are proudly supported by the Green Adelaide Landscape Board, Sustainable Onkaparinga, Department for Environment and Water, National Parks and Wildlife Service, City of Onkaparinga, Suzanne Elliot Charitable Trust, Department of Social Services and our team of amazing volunteers and staff.
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 an Australian 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 85%.
Where do I meet to take part in the tour?
EMS Snorkel leaders will have a registration table set up near the Whyalla Yacht Club - look for the EMS trailer, marquee tent and banner.
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.