Snorkel with Seadragons to Celebrate Festival of Nature - 4th December
- Duration: 90 Minutes (approx.)
- Location: Second Valley, SA
- Product code: PMRMDE
This safe and supervised snorkel event is brought to you by District Council of Yankalilla Festival of Nature and Experiencing Marine Sanctuaries. Professional snorkel leaders and marine biologists will help you explore the jetty and seagrass beds, home to the blue devilfish, elusive leafy and weedy seadragons and other 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.
Join professional snorkel leaders and marine biologists for a guided snorkel in Encounter Marine Park at Second Valley Jetty. The jetty and seagrass beds are home to the blue devilfish, allusive leafy and weedy sea dragons and an amazing variety of other colourful fish and plant life.
Funding support by District Council of Yankalilla has made it possible to reduce ticket prices for this event. Ticket price includes wetsuits and snorkel gear for adults and children. We have warm 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.
Groups will be broken up to match experience and family & friend groups on the day.
If this event does not go ahead on 4th December, it will be rescheduled to 11th December.
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 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 with vest and hood, gloves 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, 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 for swimming with the cuttlefish.
What facilities are there at Stony Point?
Basic facilities include toilets, change rooms, a shelter/picnic area and during CuttleFest there may be hot food and hot coffee available for purchase on certain days.
How deep do you go? How far out?
Beginners normally go out about 10-30m from shore into shallow 1-2 metres of water. The intermediate sessions may go out 20-50m from shore and up to 2-5m depth.
I have never snorkelled before and can’t swim well can I join a tour?
We advise you 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. This event was to go ahead on 17th September but due to bad sea conditions, we have rescheduled to 8th October with plan B date - 29th October.
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 current number of participants and the availability of EMS volunteer guides and paid staff on the day.
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. 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.
- Updated our cancellation/refund policy to prevent attendants who are unwell with cold/flu-like symptoms.
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.