Citizen Science - Advanced Snorkel at O’Sullivan Beach Reef - 15th October
- Duration: 90 Minutes (approx.)
- Location: O'Sullivans Beach , SA
- Product code: PSE836
Join EMS for a snorkel on the reef along O'Sullivans Beach between Baden Terrace beach and the Port Stanvac fence line. The area is home to a rich diversity of marine life and seaweeds. This event is being run on the same day as a community “slugs and snails” rock pool search in the adjacent beach area. If you have an underwater camera or GoPro, see if you can find any sea slugs or snails to photograph during your snorkel, and upload them to iNaturalist. Training will be provided during an online presentation by Janine Baker 7pm on 7th October - details here (this video will also be available on our Facebook page here).
Some species found in the northern O’Sullivan beach reef area are shown here
EMS snorkel events are Proudly supported by the Green Adelaide Landscape Board, National Parks and Wildlife Service, City of Onkaparinga, Suzanne Elliot Charitable Trust, Department of Human Services and our team of volunteers.
Funding, in-kind support and over 100 volunteer hours per event makes it possible to reduce the price of tickets by up to 80%. EMS is a not-for-profit and all funds raised from ticket sales go to overheads such as dive pro event leaders, insurance, equipment storage and volunteer training.
EMS advanced snorkel tours are suitable for adults with or without children. This O’Sullivan beach reef snorkel event suitable for children 10 years of age or over who are good swimmers, experienced at snorkelling, and accompanied by an adult. Friends and families can be grouped together on the day.
NOTE: If weather is not conductive to snorkelling on 15th October, the alternative date we have planned is 30th October. SAVE BOTH SATURDAY 15th OCTOBER AND SUNDAY 30TH OCTOBER IN YOUR CALENDAR. THIS EVENT IS SCHEDULED FOR SATURDAY 15TH OCTOBER BUT IF THE EVENT IS CANCELLED, WE WILL RESCHEDULE ALL PAID PARTICIPANTS TO SUNDAY 30TH OCTOBER. IF THE 30th OCTOBER EVENT DOESN'T GO AHEAD THEN EMS WILL RUN A SECOND O'SULLIVANS BEACH SNORKEL FOR ALL PAID PARTICIPANTS, AT A DATE TO BE ADVISED IN NOVEMBER.
Ticket price includes wetsuits and snorkel gear for adults and children. We have wetsuits from Adult 4XL down to size 4 child. EMS has limited floatation devices. 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.
Please arrive at least 45 minutes before start time to fill out the registration form, have citizen science briefing and be fitted with snorkel gear.
What concessions are available?
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.
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 marquee and registration table set up at the boat ramp kiosk and toilet block. You can access the northern beach site by walking north along the path, past the harbour and the hillside reserve.
Is there an age limit to enter the event?
Yes. This is an advanced snorkelling site. The event is open to those 10 years or older who are experienced snorkelers. Children 15 and under are to be accompanied by a paid adult snorkeler in water.
What can/can't I bring to the event?
Bring your own wetsuit and snorkelling gear (but if you don’t have your own snorkelling equipment, we provide it free of charge).
The name on the registration/ticket doesn’t match the attendee. Is that okay?
That is fine, we will update at registration on the day.
Do you need to have snorkelling experience?
Yes, to participate in this advanced event you need to have experience in ocean snorkelling using a mask and snorkel, and be able to swim at least 100m without tiring. 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. 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 wetsuit shampoo.
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 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.