Saturday, October 14, 2017
The ocean depth is an incredible place to explore, as it is teeming with animal wildlife and incredible plant life. Due to its unique ecosystem, La Jolla is one of the top places in Southern California to scuba dive, kayak, and snorkel. La Jolla is home to sea creatures such as California's vibrant orange state fish the Garibaldi, and the harmless but magnificent leopard shark. A day snorkeling in la Jolla will open your eyes to a wonderful new world that lie beneath the ocean's surface.
About the Trip & Itinerary
Snorkeling, diving, and spearfishing typically have the best visibility in the morning when the water is at its calmest. Meeting in the ARC on the PLNU campus at 8:00am, the group will get gear and drive approximately 30 minutes to La Jolla Shores. Starting from La Jolla Shores, the group will swim towards the caves staying outside the breakers before turning back towards the shores. We will catch some rays on the beach and enjoy a lunch provided by Great Escapes. After spending some time on the beaches to warm up, the group will go for a second snorkeling excursion. Expect to return to campus by 3:00pm.
Price >> $25.00
This is a physically low-demanding excursion. Technique, instruction, and correction will be given to participants by the guides. Please let the guides know if you have difficulty swimming or feel uncomfortable at any point during the snorkel or beach time. There is an option to wear a PFD (life jacket) if participants feel uncomfortable during the snorkeling portion and need extra support. This trip is open to first time and expert snorkelers.
Fitness Rating: 3 out of 5 difficulty
Safety & Risk Management
The ocean is a place that deserves to be respected and at times feared. There is always uncertainty when in the open ocean and unpredictable situations may arise. In La Jolla, there are animals such as seals and leopard sharks. Stingrays are another potential hazard; before entering the water, all participants will be taught the “stingray shuffle,” which is intended to cause any stingrays to scatter before there is a chance to accidentally step on them and be hit with a stinger. As a program, Great Escapes and Point Loma Nazarene University practice Leave No Trace principles. We believe the by respecting wildlife and their home, we are minimizing the risks by being in their habitat. It is important to observe them in their environment, and to not disturb them when we are the visitors. During this time, there will also be lifeguards staffed on the beaches and our guides are certified in Wilderness Medicine.