Experiencing Marine Sanctuaries Snorkel Events | 2021

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Experiencing Marine Sanctuaries Snorkel Events

A series of community snorkel events will be hosted by EMS qualified snorkel leaders and marine biologists in the April school holidays and throughout 2021. 

Participants will be given the chance to discover and explore some of the best snorkel sites for both beginners and those with more experience. There will also be classes for beginners at the Thebarton Aquatic Centre and swim sessions with Giant Cuttlefish.

Snorkel Classes for Beginners, All Ages and Abilities at Thebarton Aquatic Centre

A beginner’s course at Thebarton Aquatic Centre for those who have not snorkelled before and all abilities who would benefit from extra assistance. The lessons are fully inclusive and they encourage people living with disability, autism and those of all ages and abilities who would benefit from extra assistance to learn and practice basic snorkelling techniques to ensure a safe and enjoyable first snorkel experience. Many first-time snorkellers have requested this extra tuition after struggling with snorkel skills on their first ocean experience or choosing not to snorkel with family and friends due to lack of skill and confidence.

Suitable for ADULTS & children (5 years and above) who are good swimmers. Children under 15 years old must be supervised by a parent/adult at 2:1 ratio (2 children: 1 parent/adult) – At least one parent or carer to accompany (in-water) and supervise maximum of two children.

Event dates: Saturday 3 April, Saturday 1 May, Saturday 5 June 2021

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Swim with Giant Cuttlefish

Join nationally accredited snorkel guides and National Parks and Wildlife Service staff for a snorkel with the amazing Giant Australian Cuttlefish at Stony Point in the Upper Spencer Gulf Marine Park. Learn about their blue blood and see first hand their colourful mating rituals in a safe group environment.

The reef is also home to a variety of colourful plant life, fish, sea lions, whales and dolphins. The tour is suitable for both adults and children (8 years and above) who can swim at least 25m and tread water. Children under 15 years must be accompanied and supervised in water by an adult (no more than 2 children per adult). Each supervising adult is also a paying tour participant.

Event dates: Saturday 3, Sunday 4, Tuesday 6, Wednesday 7, Thursday 8, Saturday 10, Sunday 11 July 2021

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Snorkel Hallett Cove Beach and Reef with support of City of Marion

Join professional snorkel leaders and marine biologists for a guided snorkel at Hallett Cove Beach reef. The reef is home to an amazing variety of colourful fish and plant life.

This snorkel event is proudly supported by City of Marion – all local residents of Marion can purchase tickets at the discounted rate of only $29 each for a limited time.

EMS snorkel tours are suitable for adults with and without children. Friends and families are grouped together.

Suitable for children 5 years and above whom are good swimmers. At least one parent to accompany and supervise two children (under 15 years old). EMS has limited wetsuits and floatation devices for under 7 years. 5-7-year-olds can participate if parents supply the child’s own wetsuit and floatation device & supervision is one-on-one by a parent. Snorkel tours are taken at (or close to) low tide when there is little water movement and best visibility. Depth ranges from 2-6m. Trained snorkel guides lead the tours and are often accompanied by student or qualified marine biologists.

Event date: Saturday 18 December 2021

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Snorkelling – Yorke Peninsula

To be held at local jetties with pylons covered in colourful sponges, ascidians and corals with varied and colourful marine life from colourful fish varieties to blue swimmer crabs, squid, fiddler rays, angelfish, sea horses and seagrasses. These are also some of the best locations to spot the elusive leafy sea dragon.

This exciting opportunity is for anyone aged 5+ who can swim at least 25m and is a great opportunity for a day trip or longer stay on the beautiful Yorke Peninsula where there is so much to see and do.

Trained snorkel guides lead the tours and are often accompanied by qualified marine biologists or students. These are COVID safe events with all wetsuits double washed and masks and snorkels sterilised between uses.

Session Dates:

EMS Yorke Peninsula Events thanks to the Northern and Yorke Landscape Board will be held daily at 10am, noon and 2pm with each event running approx. 90 minutes (in-water time between 30-45 minutes).

  • Saturday 10 April – Moonta Bay Jetty
  • Sunday 11 April – Port Hughes Jetty
  • Monday 12 April – Edithburgh Jetty
  • Tuesday 13 April – Wool Bay Jetty (near Edithburgh)


Due to funding supplied by the Northern and Yorke Landscape Board, tickets start at just $19.95 for children and includes wetsuits and snorkel gear for adults and children. Wetsuits available from Adult 4XL down to size 4 child.

  • Adult | $59.95
  • Child | $19.95
  • Concession | $24.95
  • Northern & Yorke resident (ID required) | $29.95
  • Early bird | $29.95


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For more information and all enquiries please visit the EMS website here

What:  Experiencing Marine Sanctuaries School Holiday Snorkel Events

When:    April, May, June, July, December 2021 | See dates above

Where:   Locations around the Yorke Peninsula (Moonta Bay, Port Hughes, Edithburgh and Wool Bay Jetties)

Who:   Ages 5+ see full requirements on the EMS website

At Play & Go Adelaide we make every effort to provide accurate information to the best of our knowledge at the time of publication. We recommend confirming times, dates and details directly before making any plans as details may be subject to change.

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