Join us for a snorkel safari in Plymouth Sound National Marine Park! During the session, you will have the chance to discover the wonders of the Ocean as we head outside of the Aquarium and explore local UK waters.

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Single Session Snorkel Safari

Key information

  • Taking place most Saturdays in Spring and Summer / Every Tuesday during August
  • Location is at Mount Batten Beach
  • Sessions last for 90 minutes
  • Cost £17.99 per person, includes all equipment (or you can bring your own)
  • Lead by fully qualified BSAC Snorkel Instructors who are all marine conservationists too!

Taking place at Mount Batten Beach, these sessions are aimed at those wanting to take the first steps into snorkelling. Our Ocean Discovery Rangers are fully qualified BSAC Snorkel Instructors and will be on hand each step of the way. Over one and a half hours, you will learn how to use snorkel equipment, cover basic snorkel techniques and explore everything that the Ocean has to offer.

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Don’t have a snorkel or a wetsuit?

No problem!

You can borrow one from us, when booking simply let us know what size you’ll need. We can provide a wet suit, snorkel or mask at no extra cost.

*weather and sea state dependent

What to bring:

  • Wetsuit (unless you are borrowing from us)
  • Snorkel kit (unless you are borrowing from us)
  • Beach shoes/wetsuit boots (must be able to fasten shut)
  • Swimming costume/shorts
  • Rash vest
  • Beach towel
  • Warm clothing
  • Any medication (please make staff aware on arrival)

Please arrive to the snorkel session beach ready, as there are no changing facilities on Mount Batten Beach itself, although there are public toilets available nearby.

Terms and Conditions

In the event that the snorkel session in cancelled due to weather, we can offer:

  • Movement onto an alternative snorkel session
  • Free entry to the National Marine Aquarium for the day you were due to snorkel (does not include a complimentary annual pass)
  • A full refund to your original payment method

Please be aware tickets are non-refundable, but we will be able to move your booking to another session.

The National Marine Aquarium reserves the right to refuse participation in the session if the leader feels that the participant is not a competent swimmer or the correct age.

Our snorkel safaris are open water sessions, which requires generally good physical fitness and health. Please note, that children must be over the age of 8 to take place, and all participants must be confident swimmers, being able to swim 25m unassisted. Children between 8 and 16 must be accompanied by an adult in the water at all times.

Please let us know if you or any participants in your party have any additional health concerns, including: history of diabetes, black-outs (epilepsy, etc.) perforated eardrums, grommets, high blood pressure or heart disease, any lung or respiratory disorder, dependence on drugs or has tested ‘Positive’ for COVID-19.

The National Marine Aquarium (NMA) is the UK’s largest aquarium, located in Britain’s Ocean City, Plymouth. It is run by the Ocean Conservation Trust, a charity dedicated to connecting people with the Ocean.

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