Immerse yourself in a marine park this month

UNDERWATER: Natural Resources Eyre Peninsula Marine Parks regional coordinator Dr Shelley Paull and Ella Paull enjoy being immersed at the guided snorkel events run by Experiencing Marine Sanctuaries. Picture: Supplied
UNDERWATER: Natural Resources Eyre Peninsula Marine Parks regional coordinator Dr Shelley Paull and Ella Paull enjoy being immersed at the guided snorkel events run by Experiencing Marine Sanctuaries. Picture: Supplied

West Coast residents can get involved with the biggest ‘Immerse Yourself in a Marine Park’ summer holiday program to date, run by Natural Resources Eyre Peninsula.

Locals and visitors alike are invited to four, family-friendly Eyre Peninsula events this month, including near Streaky Bay.

Marine Parks regional coordinator Dr Shelley Paull said the aim was to get people learning about and experiencing their amazing, local coastal and marine environments.

“Eyre Peninsula is lucky to be home to ten of the state’s 19 marine parks, with arguably some of the most spectacular coastline and unique marine environments and experiences in the state,” she said.

“We also have rich Aboriginal history with deep connections to Country, including Sea Country and I am really looking forward to showcasing this during January.”

Guided snorkels activities will return and will be available at four different locations around the Eyre Peninsula coast from Wednesday, January 17 until Sunday, January 21.

Guided snorkels will be at the Tumby Bay jetty on January 17-18, at Port Lincoln’s Shelly Beach on Friday, January 19, the Dutton Bay jetty on Saturday, January 20 and at Smooth Pool, near Streaky Bay, on Sunday, January 21.

Participants will join snorkel leaders for a guided snorkel at Smooth Pool, with the West Coast Bays Marine Park, a safe and enclosed ‘pool’ and reef which is home to a variety of colourful fish and plant life.

Bookings are essential, while loan equipment and a wetsuit will be available and a small ticketing fee applies.

There will be two snorkel times, at 11am and 1pm, and people are asked to arrive at least 30 minutes before the start time to fill out a registration form and to be fitted with snorkel gear.