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Port Noarlunga SNUBA

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by Shannon Norfolk (subscribe)
Set and Costume Designer, Theatre Creator, creative crafty type.....
Published January 3rd 2013
Easy but amazing underwater delights, go SNUBA Pt Noarlunga
Have you ever wanted to go beyond snorkelling but looked into SCUBA and thought "All that time and money - I just want some fun swimming with the fishes!" SNUBA is the answer!

Basically SNUBA is half way between snorkelling and SCUBA diving. The air tanks float on the water and you are connected to them by a 6 metre tube. It allows you to get, and stay, under water where all the beauty is, without the cumbersome equipment. And Port Noarlunga is the place to do it here in South Australia.

Benny runs Port Noarlunga SCUBA and not only is he an awesome guy, he is very knowledgeable and passionate about SCUBA and the Port Noarlunga reef (he is also involved in the conservation of the reef).

Our session started off on the beach, (which has been named the cleanest beach in Australia) for the briefing. Benny explained the process and the equipment we would be using and the hand signals for communicating under the water (they're basic and easy to understand/remember). We got kitted out in our wet suits, masks, etc (there is a large range of sizes available, so if like me you're not 'average', there will be something to fit). We then took a leisurely stroll up the jetty while Benny swam out with the tanks. Then it was time for us to get into the deep blue.

Heading down the guide rope to the bottom of the ocean

We spent some time on the surface getting used to breathing through the regulators (really not that hard, just breathe through your mouth) then 2 by 2 Benny lead us down the rope to the bottom of the ocean. Along the way he reminded us to equalise our ears and clear out our masks, he was also constantly checking we were ok, which was a great reassurance as it really is a different world down there.

Old Wives, Zebra fish, Sweep and beautiful seaweed, under the jetty

I couldn't believe how amazing it was! Up on the surface it was rather choppy and made getting used to the equipment a little harder but once we got 'under' it was so calm and peaceful, and easy to manoeuvre around. The aquatic life was incredible. The stunning black and white old wife fish would just casually float by, even the seaweed looked beautiful and serene. I was also surprised to find there was signage on the ocean floor, I never realised there was an underwater trail around the reef. On the beach Benny had mentioned the option of feeding the fish, he got my ok again when we were under water and began to feed the fish. It was completely surreal to suddenly be surrounded by fish, there was at least 50 Sweep swarming around me, Benny and his little bag of food. They were so graceful, and would dart away if I tried to pat them, it never felt threatening or overwhelming, just an amazing experience.

Me and 50 or more Sweep, during their graceful, fascinating feeding frenzy

"Just amazing" really does sum up the whole experience. Benny is a great guide and instructor. And we are truly lucky to have such a beautiful reef so close to our city. I seriously encourage anyone who has wanted to get further under water to give SNUBA a go, and to do it with Port Noarlunga SNUBA, it is worth every penny!

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Why? Amazing underwater experience on a beautiful reef.
When: Summer Season
Phone: 0428236381
Where: Port Noarlunga Beach Reef
Cost: $89 in a group of up to 4, $139 for private tours with 2 people, $189 for private tour with 1 person, $299 per family (up to 2 adults, 2 children), $10 wetsuit hire, $10 off for children 8 - 15 years (except on family rate)
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Wow! Great fishy pics. I had been wondering what snuba was, sounds like fun.
by Hayley (score: 3|1016) 2943 days ago
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