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Skomer Island Marine Conservation Zone Puffin Snorkelling

Professional underwater photographer Andy Davies, together with the West Wales Dive Company and Cameras Underwater, are pleased to offer snorkelling trips in a sheltered bay around Skomer Island.

We will be exploring the underwater world of the Skomer Marine Conservation Zone. From the beginning of June through to the end of July, the highlight of the excursion will be seeing puffins, razorbills and guillemots whilst they elegantly "fly" underwater.

Our philosophy is to observe wildlife without disturbance. Fortunately, birds in the water or perched on rocks do not perceive a snorkeller to be a human or a threat and we will be able to observe the stunning wildlife at close quarters. Likewise, Atlantic grey seals behave more like inquisitive labradors when you come across them underwater and encounters are likely throughout the season.

Snorkelling in small groups, we will explore the fascinating underwater world just beneath the surface, where a whole new underwater landscape will unfold. In order to enter the world of the puffin, we will have floating decoy puffins attached to us, inviting them to come over and join our raft of "wild birds".

After a briefing on our Wildlife Watching Code of Conduct, we will spend time in the water discovering this amazing environment. Participants should be comfortable in the water and happy to snorkel out of their depth whilst wearing a weightbelt. Additional training prior to the trip and equipment can be supplied by the West Wales Dive Company.

Please contact me so that I can add your name to the email list. I will then contact you if there is a workshop running if sea and weather conditions are favourable. These generally run from the beginning of June to the end of July.

£65. £11 ferry payable on the boat. No landing fee.

Use the AA's route planner for directions. The location of Martins Haven can also be found on Google Maps or the Ordnance Survey's Get-a-map.

How to book
Numbers are limited and workshops must be booked at least a day in advance. Contact Andy Davies on 07977 562321 or email andy@andydavies.info

Equipment required
Mask, snorkel, fins, weight belt, weights, wetsuit, gloves and hood. All available for hire from West Wales Dive Company. Call Karen on 07813174707.

Optional - digital compact cameras (waterproof) or digital single lens reflex cameras (DSLRs) with interchangeable lenses in underwater housings. Please call Ben Dean at Cameras Underwater on 01404 812277 for advice and purchasing of equipment.

Tess Williams
July 2013

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