Snorkel the New Beach Whyalla on Eyre Peninsula - 19th 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 & Inspiring SA.
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 then across to the ruins of the old iron jetty. Habitat includes the rocky structure of the marina breakwater, sandy bottom, patchy seagrass, jetty ruins, and iron ore and rocky rubble. 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.
The ticket price includes wetsuits and snorkel gear for adults and children.
We have wetsuits from Adult 5XL down to size 4 child. Suitable for children 5 years and above who can tread water and swim. At least one parent to accompany and supervise two children in the water. 5-7-year-olds can participate if supervised one-on-one by a parent.
Children 15 and under must be accompanied by an adult.
Please arrive 30 minutes before snorkel time to fill out your registration form and be fitted with snorkel gear.
Where do I meet to take part in the tour?
EMS Snorkel leaders will have a registration table set up near the beach entrance - look for the EMS trailer and marquee.
What to bring:
- Towel to dry off at the end of the session
- Wetsuit and snorkelling gear – EMS can supply if you don’t have your own
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 15 and under will need to be accompanied and supervised in the water by a paying adult. For ages 8 and above, no more than 2 children per adult. For ages 5-7, no more than one child 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. For an overseas senior, Proof of Age Card or Passport showing age as 65+ years old.
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.
Are warm wetsuits and snorkel gear provided?
Yes as part of the ticket price we supply toasty warm wetsuits and boots as well as snorkel gear.
Will I be cold?
We use appropriate thickness wetsuits to ensure that you are snug and warm.
Do I have to wear a wetsuit?
When participating in an EMS snorkel tour, a wetsuit will need to be worn to provide buoyancy and protect from stingers, sunburn and abrasion.
Can I bring my own wetsuit and snorkel gear?
Yes, we encourage you to bring your own gear, but please ensure if you bring your own wetsuit it is full length and appropriate thickness.
What facilities are there?
Toilets and showers.
I have never snorkelled before and can’t swim well can I join a tour?
We advise you to sign up for an EMS Snorkel 101 class - an introduction to snorkelling where the basics of snorkelling are taught in a controlled pool environment. See our website for bookings. EMS can also provide boogie boards to hold onto in the water for those with less confidence.
How is the tour run?
- Arrive 30 minutes before your tour.
- Check-in at the registration desk first.
- Guides will assist you to choose a wetsuit, boots, hood, gloves, fins, snorkel and mask.
- When fitted with all appropriate gear, guides will brief you in small groups about your snorkel plan and safety.
- Enter the water for the snorkel in your small group.
- After exiting the water, change out of wetsuits and other gear, wash and rinse, and hand back to our guides to hang up.
What happens if the weather turns and the event is cancelled?
Unfortunately, sometimes the weather does not like to play ball with EMS and events have to be cancelled due to safety concerns.
I have purchased tickets for family and/or friends but need one or two more tickets - you are sold out but can I arrange to buy extra tickets?
We may be able to fit a couple more participants into some sessions depending on the current number of participants and the availability of EMS volunteer guides and paid staff on the day.
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.