24th July 2020 17:30 - 31st August 2020 16:00
£50 for shore, £75 for boat
Currently Wednesday 10:00 to 15:00, Saturday 10:00 to 15:00 and Sunday 10:00 to 14:00
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If you enjoy snorkelling whilst on holiday have you tried it here? Did you know that just off the beach at Selsey, there is one of the UKs designated Marine Conservation Zones (MCZ), Selsey Bill and the Hounds which includes the Mixon Hole. Accessible from the shore and by boat the MCZ provides a home for some amazing life. From tiny fish and prawns to large wrasse and rays there is so much to see if you know where to look. Snorkellers generally get closer to the life than divers, you are quieter, and it is often inquisitive.
Shore Snorkel Tours - are led by a SSI Professional these tours give the opportunity for participants to practice their skills under guidance, improve technique and learn where to look for life. We start by looking at safety procedures and practice in shallow water, before heading off to explore sites around Selsey including Selsey Lifeboat Station, East Beach and West Beach.
No previous experience is required, you just need to be water confident and able to swim at least 20ms unaided. We do cover everything you need on this tour however a Try Snorkel pool session first is excellent for teaching basic skills, how to get the best out of your equipment and building confidence so you can concentrate on having fun. A great family activity, children over 10 are welcome we just ask that they are accompanied by an adult. We encourage you to bring along a waterproof camera, you never know who we might see!!
Guided Boat Tours – we offer a selection of tours to visit shallow sites off-shore including the Inner Mulberry (off Pagham) and Mixon Reef ledge/Hound Reef (0ff West Beach). Each tour is led by a SSI Professional to help you as needed, show participants around, point out where to look for marine life and explain what you are seeing. Our RHiB is equipped with a ladder for easy entry back on board.
Each boat tour will last about 2 hours note that participants must be able to climb the ladder unaided under social distancing. Children over 10 are welcome with an adult so these area a great way for the family to have fun together. We are in open water during these tours and in addition to your SSI professional our boat skipper will keep watch however you must have previous snorkeling experience before going off the boat. You can gain this experience by completing a Try Snorkel, Snorkel Diver Course or Guided Shore Tour first.
All activities are planned to observe COVID-19 guidelines and with your safety and comfort in mind. The price includes a quality mask and snorkel set for you to keep and the hire of fins and wet suits if you do not have your own.
Booking in advance is essential and spaces are limited. Tours are weather and conditions dependent.
Dates for 2020 include every Monday and Friday from 24th July for the shore tours. September dates will be added soon. Exact times will vary to suit tides but as a guide.
Friday 24th July – Early evening
Monday 27th July – Morning
Friday 31st July - Afternoon
Monday 3rd August – Afternoon
Friday 7th August – Early evening
Monday 10th August – Morning
Friday 14th August – Afternoon
Monday 17th August – Afternoon
Monday 24th August – Morning
Friday 28th August – Afternoon
Guided Boat Tours – Dates on application.