Be a Scientist for the day and Survey Flat Rock near Cowell on Eyre Peninsula - 18th January
- Duration: 90 Minutes (approx.)
- Location: Cowell, SA
- Product code: P9ES5A
Experiencing Marine Sanctuaries, National Parks and Wildlife Service and Inspiring SA are 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 and Inspiring SA.
Join scientists and snorkel leaders for a guided snorkel at Flat Rock near Cowell on the Eyre Peninsula (within Franklin Harbor Marine Park). The Flat Rock formation is a visible remnant of the ice age and snorkelers will experience an amazing variety of colourful fish, invertebrates and plant life on the reef and surrounding habitats.
A prerequisite for this snorkel is a Zoom training session on 5th January with Marine Ecologist Janine Baker.
After you book for this snorkel event, you will be emailed a Zoom invitation link to join this training. The training will also be available on the EMS Facebook page as a live video.
The pre-snorkel Zoom presentation will include training in the use of the citizen science portal iNaturalist, where snorkelers can upload their marine life photos. Images taken by participants during this survey snorkel will add to other surveys at this location.
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 8 years and above who can tread water and swim. At least one parent to accompany and supervise two children in the water.
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?
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.