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Half-Day Freedive Training & Fun Boat Dive From Sorrento

Free yourself freediving in the azure Mornington Peninsula waters as a certified freediver on a line-dive coaching session, including fun swimming with seals, unique temperate fish, and even the opportunity to immerse with dolphins.

Fun & Friendly Small Group Guided Experience

Ideal for Certified Freedivers to Further Skills & Technique

Enjoy Line-Diving Training & Reef Dive Exploration

Upgrade Your PADI Freediver Certification

Only Max 8x Guests for Personalised Experience

Prices From: $269 per person

3.5Hr Boat Tour

Weekends 8:00am

From Sorrento Pier, Esplanade, Sorrento VIC 3943.
Take advantage of Victoria’s Premiere PADI Freediver Centre and Eco Charter Boat Expertise

Details & Itinerary

Meeting at Sorrento Pier including welcome by your instructor and gear check, then line-diving session, followed reef dive, swim with seals and opportunity to immerse with dolphins:

  • 3.5-HOUR EXPERIENCE (Allow 4 hours including arrival, briefings and changing afterwards)
  • UPGRADE YOUR PADI FREEDIVER CERTIFICATION WITH PERSONALISED COACHING
    (Upgrade to Level 1, 2 or 3, optional extra)
  • BRING YOUR OWN GEAR, HIRE WEIGHTBELTS AVAILABLE
    (Choose Freediving Weightbelt Hire during booking)
  • MAXIMUM 8x FREEDIVERS PER TOUR
    (for a more personalised experience)

All Participants: $269 (Minimum 18 years of age)

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Established in 2014, WaterMaarq is the award-winning premiere PADI Freediver Centre and Dolphin & Seal Swim Tour Operator in Victoria. Free yourself and become closer to the unique local fish life and leave with a bunch of new photographs and video footage to savour.

 

EXPLORE DEEPER INTO THE SEA, FREEDIVING CLOSER TO FISH!

Enhance your freediving skills and dive deeper into the pleasure and freedom on one breath, with this friendly and fun training line-dive and reef freedive tour. All within the emerald green and azure blue waters of the Great Southern Reef chain along the Mornington Peninsula.

On this boat adventure in a group of up to eight, enjoy a personalised training experience with your instructor line-diving. Then have fun swimming freely with colourful fish, active fur seals, and enjoy the opportunity to immerse with wild dolphins in the right moment, should they appear along the way. And even finish the experience with an upgraded PADI Freediver certification in hand after achieving your freediving aims.

Meeting at Sorrento Pier, after checking-in, you’ll receive a warm introduction from your instructor and guide. During the interactive briefing, learn about the details of the adventure about to take-off and bond with new buddies as you skim over the surface of the bay.

On your new guided freediving journey, in the pristine waters and rich natural habitat of the Port Phillip Heads Marine Park and surrounds you’ll begin by line-diving to hone your skills and techniques. Then following, visit a local reef sites (precise site selection depends on the conditions on the day) to see wonderfully colourful fish and the vibrant strands of kelp and seaweed of the Great Southern Reef.

In company with your small group of new freediver friends, with your instructor you will not only freedive to get a closer look at the fish and scenery below, you’ll receive expert guidance on duck-diving refinement, efficient finning, equalisation of the ears and adjusting weighting for the best underwater freediving experience.

Before you know it you’ll be freediving underwater more relaxed and for longer in better with more graceful and fluid movements and a new level of ease that takes you closer to the marine life for even better photos and video.  

Relaxing on the boat on the short journey back to the pier, you’ll rejoice in your new found skills and knowledge, excited for your next encounter and adventure into the natural marine paradise with the unique marine creatures of Port Phillip Bay and Bass Strait.

 

Schedule

The indicative schedule is as follows:

7:45am Meet at the Sorrento Pier, Welcome & Gear Check 

8:00am Depart Pier for Line-diving Session

10:00am Fun Freedive & Reef Exploration, Looking for Dolphins On The Way!

11:30am Disembark at Sorrento Pier

11:35pm-12:00pm Change clothes and swap stories and photos!

 

What You Should Bring

General Gear

Swimwear, 2x towels in case it is cold (one for the tour, one for after), small bag with drink bottle, underwater camera, hat, sunglasses, warm clothing. 

Own Freediving Gear
You’ll need your own 5mm freediving wetsuit, gloves, booties, mask, snorkel and fins. We recommend a minimum 5mm freediving wetsuit for your warmth and comfort most months of the year. 

Weight-belts
Hire weightbelts may be pre-ordered if you do not have your own.

Best Things About This Freediving Experience

A super fun 3.5-hour experience and boat ride in the southern part of Port Phillip Bay for just 6x certified freedivers. We’ll begin with a focused line-diving session, then visit fun locations where you will find awesome features of the Great Southern Reef, plenty of colour, fish to see and swim with the entertaining Australian Fur Seals, the most fun you’ll ever have with a wild marine animal. Along the way we may encounter dolphins and have the opportunity to immerse with them.

Frequently Asked

When do we arrive?
Be at the pier 20-minutes before departure. Allow plenty of time to find parking and make your way out to the end of the pier ready in your wetsuit with your gear. At the pier you will meet your instructor, check-in and prepare to depart.

Where do we meet?
See the travel directions and details here.

What does the tour involve?
Guided by your expert instructor, Port Phillip Bay and Bass Strait provide the opportunity to practice line-diving and explore local unique marine life and reef structures. On the inside of the Bay, the waters are generally accessible to line-dive whilst drifting. Popes Eye Marine Park is one example of a fantastic reef environment in which to see vibrant and plentiful fish. Nearby Australian Fur Seals often appear to swim and interact safely with. On the outside of the Bay, in Bass Strait, it offers deeper waters, not always accessible, but the choice for greater depth and advanced freediving.

Can anyone join?
This snorkelling tour is perfect for certified freedivers that want to practice line-diving technique with an instructor and also explore our local reef to be surprised by the colourful life under the surface. Bring your keen spirit for adventure!

Will I get seasick?
Our Rigid Inflatable Boats are the same as the ones the Navy, Search and Rescue, Water Police, Fisheries and Coastguard operators use around the world. We call them the rally cars of the sea because of the sure-footed, stable and capable handling they have in all kinds of conditions.

Seasickness does not happen often on a RIB boat, they are open so you feel the fresh air, and the boat sits close to the water surface. If you’re worried about seasickness, we recommend talking with your local pharmacist or doctor about the various remedies available and follow their advice for taking precautions.

How cold is the water?

The Bay waters here on the Mornington Peninsula are beautiful with sandy beaches and exposed coastal cliffs. The water is generally cleaner and clearer and in summer months reaches temperatures up to 21 degrees. Winter temperatures are as low as 8c and Late Spring/Early Autumn average is around 17c+ .

Featured Marine Wildlife at Popes Eye 

  • Blue-throat wrasse – curiously begin life as female fish and change into male as they grow
  • Scalyfin – defensive territorial fish
  • Leatherjackets – fish with rough sandpaper-like skin and beak-like teeth
  • Old wives – silver and black fish that look like angel fish and are noisy
  • Longsnout boarfish – endemic to Australia and identifiable by its long snout and fanned out spines
  • Southern short-fin eel – rare sightings occur in Autumn as they migrate from freshwater to the open sea to breed

Guided Freediving Training and Fun Dive

Begin with a chat about the objectives for the session, the plan for the dive and a thorough safety briefing. You’ll be provided with high-quality freediving instruction and guidance. All you need to bring is your gear, a towel, and a sense of adventure.

Take the plunge and discover the underwater secrets of Port Phillip Bay and Bass Strait on a guided freediving experience in Port Phillip Bay. Enjoy more time to explore with a small group.

World Leading Conservation at Popes Eye

The State of Victoria became a world leader in marine conservation when, after 11 years of investigation, community consultation and debate, it established a system of highly-protected marine national parks and sanctuaries in June 2002. 

Marine national parks are highly protected areas that conserve unique marine habitats in their natural state, and provide an insurance policy against environmental impacts. Victoria’s marine areas include rocky reefs, sponge gardens, towering kelp forests, sandy seafloors, seagrass meadows, mangroves and saltmarsh.

Popes Eye as part of the 3580ha Port Phillip Heads Marine Park network is highly protected and reserved for conservation and protection of marine biodiversity and natural processes, maintenance of scientific reference areas and the opportunity to observe Nature in its true form. It provides a core example and the combination of outstanding natural, cultural and recreational values. 

Half Day Freediving Training and Fun Boat Dive from Sorrento

The Freediving Training and Fun Dive boat tour departs from Sorrento on the Mornington Peninsula. It’s an easy drive from Melbourne or take the ferry from Queenscliff.

 

Tour Details

Drive yourself to Sorrento and join our 3hr Skindiver and Marine Park Boat Tour.

Getting There

By Car

From Melbourne you’ll need to drive around 90 minutes south to Sorrento on the Mornington Peninsula (allow 2 hours in summer, sometimes longer). Once you’re in Sorrento, you should park near the ferry terminal. Make your way to the Sorrento Pier (at the end of the Esplanade).

More Transport Options

Please click here see our detailed directions and additional travel information.

Sorrento Pier address: Esplanade, Sorrento VIC 3943

Things to Bring

Make sure you dress warmly for the tour, warm jackets, hats, beanies and good footwear are recommended. Bring your own swimwear, freediving gear and towel. We recommend two towels, one for use during the tour and one for afterwards if you prefer. Arrive with your freediving gear on and all ready to go before we take off for the tour at the pier. A small bag or back-pack is advised for storing your gear on the boat. And don’t forget your favourite camera!

Departures
Regular tour departure times are 8:00am.

Tour Duration
3.5 Hours. Allow 4 hours in total to change into your gear before and after the tour.

Prices From
Per Person (minimum age 18 years): $269

*All Guests must be freediving certified and provide evidence of their certification before the tour

Things to Know

  • It is recommended that you book at least one week in advance of your preferred date to book the best time and day for your tour and avoid missing out
  • Port Phillip Bay has regular changing conditions, tide and sea levels and your tour will be optimised for the best experience in line with the forecast and prevailing conditions
  • Guests must be physically fit and have sufficient mobility as we freedive in open water and use a ladder to enter and exit the boat
  • Passengers with back, neck, shoulder or heart conditions, those who are pregnant or who have injuries/conditions that may cause a risk to their health are advised to not do these tours, or do so at their own risk
  • Please arrive 20 minutes before tour meeting time
  • *Dolphin interactions are conducted in line with Victorian Government and Wildlife regulations however sightings and interactions are not guaranteed as they are wild animals and a protected species
  • Tour times may be altered or cancelled due to sea conditions and we will use all reasonable endeavours to provide 24 hours notice

 

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Bookings and Cancellations

Bookings are essential as places are subject to availability. Tours operate daily except Christmas Day and selected public holidays.

Full payment for your tour is required at the time of booking.  100% cancellation fee applies for no-show or cancellations within 24 hours of departure, 50% for cancellations within 48 hours of departure.

     

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