SUMMER SNORKELLING PROGRAM
18 November 2023 – 30 March 2024
Every Saturday, 8.45am, conditions permitting.
Participation is restricted to financial members only of MCRP. Please click here to join and pay before attending a snorkel.
Further information: contact Snorkel Coordinator, Ian O’Loughlin email@example.com Mob 0412 432 618.
Members are notified by email each week of where the snorkel will be held8
To snorkel with us, you must on each occasion:
MCRP SNORKELLING PROGRAM – STANDARD BRIEFING NOTES
WANT TO GO SNORKELLING IN THE SANCTUARY?
To help you enjoy snorkelling in the Ricketts Point Sanctuary, we provide the following information.
Disclaimer – The information provided here is of a general nature and anyone snorkelling in the Ricketts Point Marine Sanctuary does so entirely at their own risk. Marine Care Ricketts Point Inc disclaims liability for any loss or damage (direct or indirect) sustained as a result of anyone relying on this information.
You can snorkel at various locations in the Sanctuary. Most of the area is shallow water of less than five metres, providing an easily accessible recreational area for snorkelling.
It is a wondrous world underwater. Fifty-one species of fish have been identified, the most common being rays, southern hulafish, zebra fish, dusky morwongs, moonlighters and Australian sweep. The Sanctuary is also home to smaller and less mobile animals including abalone, winkles, sea urchins, brittle stars, sea stars and crabs. Crucial to this rich marine eco-system are the algae, seaweeds and seagrass meadows which provide a beautiful palette of verdant green, red and brown. Colourful sponge gardens grow on the reefs.
Marine Care Ricketts Point runs snorkels at 9am on Saturday mornings from late November to March, weather conditions permitting. The snorkels are to advance members’ knowledge of marine life and its environment, and to enhance their appreciation of the role and value of the Sanctuary. We snorkel at various locations. If you participate in our program you will get to see and learn about the life which inhabits the Sanctuary. Our snorkel guides tell you what interesting species are about, and will point them out during snorkels. We have identification charts available for reference.
What conditions are best for snorkelling at Ricketts Point Marine Sanctuary?
Check current temperatures HERE
To check if conditions are likely to be suitable, in real time, before you leave home view the area in front of the Beaumaris Yacht Club live HERE
WHAT WILL I SEE?
WHERE CAN I SNORKEL?
The sign on the blue stone wall near the foot of the steps shows a recommended snorkelling trail. There are no public toilets in this area.
Wheel chair access is available via the access ramp and a shower and toilet for disabled snorkelers are also available.
Here are some suggested sites in this area –
A shallow reef runs between the 2 fixed markers out from the Yacht Club and the green marker further north. You can snorkel along one side of the reef and return along the other.
Enter the water in front of the Life Saving Club and swim around until you are in front of the white triangle marker. The ‘drop off’ is well worth exploring.
Enter the water near the base of steps and snorkel around Table Rock, finishing at the Sea Scouts Jetty. From there, you can either snorkel or walk back to the starting point.
Further information: Snorkelling Bayside by Raymond V Lewis OAM, is a 2015 introduction to snorkelling in the Ricketts Point Marine Sanctuary, and nearby waters. Obtain a copy from firstname.lastname@example.org
ANYTHING ELSE I SHOULD KNOW?
Remember – this is a Marine Sanctuary and removing anything is strictly prohibited.
Snorkelling Bayside – An Introduction to Snorkeling in the Ricketts Point Marine Sanctuary and Nearby Waters – by Ray Lewis, 2015.
This book was written primarily to assist members of Marine Care Ricketts Point Inc with their snorkeling. It is based on general advice and the experience of many local divers.
Click HERE to download a digital copy of this book.