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Sat, 23 Mar



Kaikōura Snorkel Day

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Kaikōura Snorkel Day
Kaikōura Snorkel Day

Time & Location

23 Mar 2024, 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

Kaikōura, South Bay, Kaikōura 7300, New Zealand

About the event

Join us at South Bay, Kaikōura for our EMR (Experiencing Marine Reserves) community-guided snorkel day.

Tasman Bay Guardians, with support from EOS Ecology will be running this event which is generously sponsored by Water Safety NZ. All you have to do is register for your chosen time slot for this free event!

On arrival at the beach

  • Park on or near Kaka road near old whale oil boiling pots.
  • Sign in at the white TBG registration tent which will be on the green. Please do not check in before your scheduled time slot. Check your registration confirmation/ticket for your check in time (9am, 10:40am or 12:10pm). Don't print your ticket, all you need is the name the ticket was booked under.
  • Get fitted for all of your snorkel equipment (wetsuit, fins, snorkel and masks, boogie board and fish ID charts) for your group.
  • Meet your friendly snorkel guide for a safety briefing.
  • Try out your gear in the shallows, making sure everything fits and explore the water together for about 35 minutes. Snorkel through kelp forests and every colour seaweed you can think of and watch out for octopus, spotties, triple fins, blue cod, wrasse, greenbone, anemones, eagle rays and seahorses.

All equipment provided; no experience required. Ages 5+. FREE EVENT This is a free event thanks to our sponsors however, donations/koha are welcome. Navigate to the ticket page and click the donate button or our bank account is 031354042690000. Donations will go to future community snorkels which are in high demand and your generosity would ensure more events like these can happen.

Do you want to use your own snorkelling gear. You can bring your own equipment if you wish however, make sure that it is fit for purpose and functional by checking with your snorkel guide. Please NO full face masks and ONLY full body wetsuits (at least 5mm).

PLEASE NOTE: You need to pre-register for this event online at Eventbrite .

Check out our frequently asked question (FAQ). The postponement day for this event is Sunday, March 24 2024. If sea conditions are not appropriate at South Bay the backup location is Jimmy Armers Beach. Which segways perfectly into the Water Safety Code!


  • Be prepared. Learn to swim and survive and set rules for safe play in the water. Always use safe and correct equipment. Know the weather and water conditions before you get in.
  • Watch out for yourself and others. Always pay close attention to children you are supervising in or near water. Swim with others and in areas where lifeguards are present.
  • Be aware of the dangers. Enter shallow and unknown water feet first and obey all safety signs and warning flags. Do not enter the water after drinking alcohol.
  • Know your limits. Challenge yourself within your physical limits and experience. Learn safe ways of rescuing others without putting yourself in danger.

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