The Ocean Conservation Trust‘s Snorkel Safari offers the opportunity to join our amazing Ocean Discovery Rangers at multiple Plymouth locations around the the UK’s first National Marine Park!

Whether you are a complete snorkelling beginner or someone looking for an Ocean adventure this summer, we have an experience for everyone. Join us at various locations to create some amazing Ocean memories!

For all sessions, wetsuits and snorkel equipment will be provided. Please let us know at the time of booking what sizes you require.  Click through below and see what session is most suitable for you!

snorkellers floating in the water in Firestone Bay

Accessible Snorkelling

These beginner sessions are specifically designed to ensure those with mobility issues and/or sensory processing issues are comfortable whilst snorkelling. These sessions take place in the idyllic Firestone Bay and feature lower capacity to allow more support from our Ocean Discovery Rangers

little bouy trying on his snorkel on a beach in Plymouth

Beginner Snorkelling

Take your first step into snorkelling with our beginner sessions that take place at Firestone Bay. These sessions are here to build your confidence in the water as you get comfortable with all the new sensations of snorkelling.

a group of snorkellers standing in the

Snorkel Safari

These sessions are for those who have snorkelled before and are confident in the water! You’ll be exploring Mount Batten – a rock shore habitat with kelp meadows and flooded rockpools! You’ll never know what you may find.



What sort of wildlife can I expect to see?

It depends on the day, the tide and habitats at the location your snorkelling! The most common species we see are Corkwing Wrasse, Snakelocks anemones, Sand Eels and pollack. Your snorkel guide will be able to take you to the best locations!

Do I have to wear a wetsuit?

Yes, the wetsuit is there to keep you warm and protect your skin from grazing on the rocks

How deep will we be swimming?

This depends on the group, i.e intermediate snorkellers will be in shallower depths than advanced. You will be snorkelling in areas where you cannot touch the floor, so you we can teach you how to duck dive.

How many instructors will be in the sea with me/my child?

1:6 ratio of instructor to snorkeller as per the British Scuba Aqua Club snorkel guidelines

What happens if my child or I get cold?

Your wetsuit should keep you nice and warm, however you can bring a rash vest, boots and neoprene gloves if you want extra warmth. If you wish to get out of the water early, we will escort you to the shore so you can warm up on the beach. We recommend bringing a flask with a warm drink!

How long will I be in the water?

You’ll be in the water for up to an hour

If you have any questions about this experience please contact:

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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