Imagine snorkelling amongst a dense kelp forest, surrounded by dozens of fascinating new life forms. A frenzy is created on top of the water. Someone has spotted a crayfish, and everyone is taking turns to dive under to get a glimpse of a cray crouching under a ledge. Students come up gasping for breath, but feel reassured by their adult supervisor and bright yellow body board for time out. Some large snapper cruise past to see what the fuss is about. Gurgling sounds come from a snorkel, while an eagle ray rests on the sand below. The kids are easy to spot in their bright yellow & black wetsuits. The parents come in buzzing, and the kids madly tell their mates about how big the snapper they swam with was and how many different fish they saw. This is normal conversation during Experiencing Marine Reserves (EMR) programme delivery.
Snorkelling enables an insight into the marine world. Even standing in waist deep water looking about with a mask on is an experience!
EMR Snorkelling Objectives:
1. Experience marine life first hand
2. Build water safety & confidence in the real environment
3. Encourage snorkelling as a recreational and fun activity
4. Instil caring attitudes and passion for the conservation of the ocean
5. Encourage emotional connection to marine environment
Refer to our standard operating procedures on http://www.emr.org.nz/index.php/about-emr/health-safety