SNORKELING

Prepare yourself for an entirely new way of snorkeling; you aren’t swimming in search of creatures of the sea or playing with trained dolphins here! Belugas are incredibly inquisitive and friendly creatures and they will make you feel like the main attraction.

Once your experienced guide has located a pod of beluga whales in the mood for some people watching you will slip over the side into the water while holding onto a rope you will drift or be gently towed by the zodiac. Your new curious friends will follow along and may come within a few feet to look you over. Snorkelers enter the beluga’s world where vocalizations are easy to head and echolocation clicks and exhalation bubbles can be felt.

They’ll even bring their young by to check you out too. These magical moments in the water will never be forgotten as you have an unspoken conversation with the whales. The Arctic wet suits provided will insulate you from the cold water for over an hour. Time spent with these gentle creatures passes quickly but the thrill lasts a lifetime.

Sea North Tours provides 7MM Bare Arctic wet suit, double over the torso, gloves, hoods and boots as well as masks and snorkels. You might feel like a seal all suited up but you’ll be like family in the water and stay nice and warm in the meantime. The white glow of the belugas in the water looks ethereal and you’ll be wondering why you haven’t done this sooner. So book your trip today, you won’t regret it!

Wet suit compared to Dry suit for snorkeling

Before buying our equipment we consulted with Guy MacMillan, professional diver, Winnipeg Fire Department Search and Rescue, retired. It was explained to us that real dry suits are custom fitted to each individual. It is necessary to have an exact fit at the face and wrists. Too tight and it is difficult to get on with the possibility of ripping, too loose and of course the water will leak into your suit.

Arctic wet suits of the proper thickness with johns and jackets cover your body with a minimum of 7 MM of high quality insulating neoprene and double that, 14 MM, over the torso. In addition boots, gloves, hood, mask and snorkel cover you. These suits allow for better mobility in the water and are “warm”. We have had snorkelers in the water for up to 3 hours without any discomfort. Often non-scuba dry suits that are used for snorkeling are primarily designed for wind surfing or jet skiing. These suits trap more air and restrict mobility.

TOUR DETAILS:

Starts July 10 Due To Water Clarity & Possible Ice Conditions
Includes 7mm Wetsuit
Bring Bathing Suit & Contact Lens For Mask – No Glasses
Towels for your snorkel tour provided

DURATION:
3 Hours

GROUP SIZE:
Minimum of 2 Guests

PRICE:
2018 RATES GST 5% TAX NOT INCLUDED
CAD $295 (+ $14.75 tax)
* 12 Years Age Minimum
* Requires Physical Ability

“Swimming with beluga whales was unbelievable; something else to add to the ‘why didn’t I do this five years ago list?!?’. We’ve been twice and both times were great but its truly amazing on a nice sunny day. When the light penetrates the green salt water, you can see layers and layers and layers of beluga whales swimming beside and beneath you. A few times, the pod would swim right up and among us, probably nine or ten whales within ten or twenty feet – which of course feels like four or five feet underwater. You see ghostly apparitions of belugas, rays of sunshine in the water, florescent blinking jellyfish and even the shadows of rocks (and an underwater camera or two) on the bottom of the river. It really feels like another world down there.

Some swim by your feet, just a shade behind you, trying to make sense of this new underwater intruder. Others glide under you, turning on their back and twisting their necks to look up and then at their friends, guessing at the origins of the gangly creature floating on top of the water. They appear and disappear with ease, sometimes approaching head-on, first appearing as a greenish white blur in the water; other times, they sneak up, suddenly swimming by, so close that you can see the ice and gravel scrapes and scratches, scars from close-calls, fatty folds of capelins past and maybe even a few smile lines.

The water’s cold but in a wet suit you don’t even feel it. I was in for about an hour and a half the first time we went – of course, Churchill has drastically skewed my cold-o-meter but even half an hour would have been enough to make it the experience of a lifetime. I love watching bears but swimming with belugas rank right up there if not above my best bear encounter…. If you are reading this and live in Canada (especially Manitoba!) start planning a beluga whale encounter for next summer, its probably one of the most unique and exciting experiences on the planet and its in your backyard…”

www.polarbearalley.com

WETSUIT SIZE CHARTS

Snorkel Participants must fit within our chart size gender guide.
Women cannot wear a men’s wet suit.
YOUR SIZE WEIGHT HEIGHT CHEST WAIST HIP TORSO INSEAM
LBS KG FT/IN CM IN CM IN CM IN CM IN CM IN CM
XS 120-140 54-63 5’2″-5’4″ 157-167 33-35 84-89 27-29 68-74 34-36 86-91 257/8 66 281/2 72
S 35-155 61-70 5’6”-5’8” 168-173 35-37 89-94 39-31 74-79 35-37 89-94 273/8 70 30 76
M 150-175 68-79 5’8”-5’10” 173-178 37-39 94-99 31-33 79-84 37-39 94-99 283/8 72 31 79
MTALL 150-180 70-82 5’11”-6’1” 180-184 37-39 94-99 31-33 79-84 37-39 94-99 295/8 75 32 81
MLSHORT 160-185 72-84 5’6”-5’8” 168-173 39-41 99-104 33-35 84-89 39-41 99-104 275/8 70 301/4 77
ML 170-195 77-88 5’10”-6’0” 178-183 39-41 99-104 33-35 84-89 39-41 99-104 293/8 75 32 81
MLTALL 175-200 79-91 6’0”-6’2” 183-188 39-41 99-104 33-35 84-89 39-41 99-104 305/8 78 33 84
LSHORT 180-205 82-93 5’7”-5’9” 170-175 41-43 104-109 35-37 89-94 41-43 104-109 28 71 301/2 77
L 190-215 86-98 5’11”-6’1” 180-185 41-43 104-109 35-37 89-94 41-43 104-109 30 76 321/2 83
LTALL 195-220 88-100 6’1”-6’3” 185-191 41-43 104-109 35-37 89-94 41-43 104-109 311/4 79 331/2 85
XLSHORT 200-225 91-102 5’8″-5’10” 173-178 43-45 109-114 37-39 94-99 43-45 109-114 281/8 71 31 79
XL 210-235 95-107 6’0″-6’2″  183-188 43-45 109-114 37-39 94-99 43-45 109-114 305/8 78 33 84
XLTALL 215-240 98-109 6’2″-6’4″  188-193 43-45 109-114 37-39 94-99 43-45 109-114 317/8 81 34 86
2XLSHORT 220-245 100-111 5’8″-5’10” 173-178 45-47 114-119 39-41 99-104 45-47 114-119 281/2 72 311/4 79
2XL 230-255 104-116 6’1″-6’3″  185-191 45-47 114-119 39-41 99-104 45-47 114-119 311/4 79 331/2 85
3XL 250-275 113-125 6’2″-6’4″  188-193 47-49 119-124 41-43 104-109 47-49 119-124 317/8 81 34 86
4XL 270-295 122-134 6’3″-6’5″ 191-196 49-51 124-129 43-45 109-114 49-51 124-129 323/8 82 341/2 87
YOUR SIZE WEIGHT HEIGHT CHEST WAIST HIP INSEAM
LBS KG FT/IN CM IN CM IN CM IN CM IN CM
4 90-105 41-48 5’1″-5’3″ 155-160 30-32 76-81 22-24 56-61 32-34 81-86 291/4 74
6 100-115 45-52 5’2″-5’4″ 157-163 31-33 79-84 24-26 61-136 34-36 86-91 297/8 75
8 115-125 50-57 5’3″-5’5″ 160-165 32-34 81-86 25-27 64-69 35-37 89-94 301/2 77
8 TALL 115-135 52-61 5′.5″-5’7″ 165-170 32-34 81-86 25-27 64-69 35-37 89-94 313/4 81
10 120-135 54-61 5′.4″-5’6″ 163-168 34-36 86-91 27-29 69-74 37-39 94-99 311/8 79
IO TALL 125-145 57-66 5′.7″-5’9″ 170-175 34-36 86-91 27-29 89-74 37-39 94-99 327/8 84
10+ 135-155 61-70 5′.4″-5’6″ 163-168 37-39 94-99 33-35 84-89 43-45 109-114 311/8 79
12 130-145 59-66 5′.5″-5’7″ 165-170 35-37 89-94 28-30 71-76 38-40 97-102 313/4 81
I2 TALL 135-155 61-70 5′.9″-5’11” 175-180 35-37 89-94 28-30 71-76 38-40 97-102 34 86
12+ 145-165 66-75 5′.5″-5’7″ 185-170 38-40 97-102 34-36 86-91 44-46 112-117 313/4 81
14 135-155 61-70 5′.6″-5’8″ 168-173 37-39 94-99 30-32 78-81 40-42 102-107 323/8 82
14+ 155-175 70-79 5′.6″-5’8″ 168-173 40-42 102-107 36-38 91-96 46-48 117-122 321/8 82
16 145-165 66-75 5′.7″-5’9″ 170-175 38-40 97-102 31-33 79-84 41-43 104-109 33 84
18 155-175 70-79 5′.8″-5’10” 173-178 40-42 102-107 33-35 84-89 43-45 109-114 335/8 85
YOUR SIZE WEIGHT HEIGHT CHEST
LBS KG IN CM IN CM
12 yrs 80 – 100 lbs 36 – 45 kg 4’10” – 5’1″ 147 – 155 cm 30″ – 32″ 76 – 81 cm
14 yrs 95 – 120 lbs 43 – 55 kg 5’1″ – 5’4″ 155 – 162 cm 32″ – 34″ 81 – 86 cm
16 yrs 115 – 140 lbs 52 – 64 kg 5’4″ – 5’7″ 162 – 170 cm 34″ – 36″ 86 – 91 cm

WETSUIT GEAR RENTAL COST

We provide the towels for your snorkel tour.

WEIGHTS AND FIN RENTALS ARE AVAILABLE FOR CHARTER ZODIACS ONLY AND NOT AVAILABLE FOR THE SNORKEL INDEPENDENT SNORKEL TOUR

If you lose an item that makes up a pair you will be charged the replacement cost for the pair. Eg. Lose one fin/boot/glove.

DESCRIPTION COST PER DAY AND PER TIDE
COMPLETE SET JOHN/JANE, JACKET, HOOD, BOOTS & GLOVES CAD $85 + 13% TAX (+ $11.05) = CAD $96.05
INDIVIDUAL GEAR HOOD CAD $5 + 13% TAX (+ $.65) = CAD $5.65
GLOVES CAD $5 + 13% TAX (+ $.65) = CAD $5.65
BOOTS CAD $5 + 13% TAX (+ $.65) = CAD $5.65
FINS CAD $5 + 13% TAX (+ $.65) = CAD $5.65
WEIGHTS CAD $5 + 13% TAX (+ $.65) = CAD $5.65