Explore the underwater world of the UK’s first National Marine Park in Plymouth with the help of our Ocean Discovery Rangers.

The OCT Snorkel Academy offers the chance to join our amazing team of Ocean Conservationists at Mount Batten Beach! Whether a beginner or seeking a summer Ocean adventure, there’s something for everyone. Join us for limited-edition Snorkel Safari badges and unforgettable memories.

Our Rangers are all BSAC or PADI certified snorkel instructors, who are also marine biologists! This means you can feel both safe and educated in the sea! For all sessions, wetsuits and snorkel equipment will be provided. Please let us know at the time of booking what sizes you require.  


Snorkel Safari Sessions

Snorkel Safari

Snorkel Safari (Ages 12+): For those that have snorkelled before or are confident sea swimmers. Brush up on snorkelling basics and join our Snorkel Safaris at Mount Batten—featuring rock shore habitat, kelp meadows, and flooded rockpools!

Beginner Snorkelling (Ages 8+): Build confidence in rockpools before venturing into the sea, exploring kelp forests teeming with spider crabs, pollack, and sea bass.*

Sensory Friendly Snorkelling (Ages 8+): Tailored for those with sensory processing issues, these sessions offer reduced capacity and close support, starting in rockpools and moving into kelp forests at a relaxed pace.*

Upcoming Dates:

6th: Snorkel Safari 10:30-12:00

13th: Snorkel Safari 10:30-12:00

20th: Snorkel Safari 10:30-12:00

21st: Beginner 10:30-12:00/ Sensory 13:00-14:30

27th: Snorkel Safari 10:30-12:00

3rd: Snorkel Safari 10:30-12:00

10th: Snorkel Safari 10:30-12:00

17th: Snorkel Safari 10:30-12:00

24th: Snorkel Safari 10:30-12:00

31st: Snorkel Safari 10:30-12:00

7th: Snorkel Safari 10:30-12:00

8th: Beginner 10:30-12:00/ Sensory 13:00-14:30

14th: Snorkel Safari 10:30-12:00

21st: Snorkel Safari 10:30-12:00

  • Address: Mount batten Beach, PL9 9SJ
  • Toilets: Toilet facilities are free of charge, and can be found in a cafe across the road.
  • Parking: Free parking is available alongside the road next to the beach, and in a car park just a little further up the road.

*Terms and Conditions:

  • Age 8+ (ages 8-11 need to be accompanied by a paying adult in the water on a two to one ratio).
  • Ages 12-16 need to have an adult present at the sessions but not in the water.
  • All participants must sign this wavier form before joining the session, Parents or Guardians must sign the waivers on behalf of all minors entering the water.
  • All participants must be confident swimmers, being able to swim 25m unassisted. 
  • Starts times are strictly adhered to.  If you arrive late, you will not be permitted to join the session as you will have missed important safety announcements and training.

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If you have any questions about this experience, please contact community@oceanconservationtrust.org.

Mount Batten Beach Various Various £18 - £25