Snorkel Day is for people with disabilities, where the impossible becomes possible. We invite people of all ages, with any special need or disability to join us for this free, adaptive activity and social event. Snorkel Day is more than just an ordinary beach day; it is a meeting place for friends, where we share nature, adventure and freedom together. We create an atmosphere where everyone is included and treated equally, and families and caregivers can rest and relax.
Our events are located on the Big Island of Hawaii; in Hilo, at Richardson’s Ocean Park, in Kawaihea at Spencer Beach Park and in Kona at Kahalu’u Beach.
Each event starts at 10am and continues until 2pm. Please follow the link or visit our “Events” page for specific dates for each location.
TO ATTEND AN EVENT
Each even can host up to 25 people with disabilities, so hurry and register! You don’t want to miss this!
All caregivers are encouraged to come and join in the fun, but we require at least one to accompany each participant that attends.
We welcome all volunteers, you can help on land or serve as a Snorkel Buddy in the water; either way its a blast!
Every year we require that our participants and volunteers fill out our Annual Intake Form so that they can participate in any of our events. If you haven’t filled out the Intake form for this year, no worries, just click on the appropriate link below.
If you have filled out the Intake form and would like to register for an event, please visit out “Events” page.
WHAT TO EXPECT AT SNORKEL DAY
Who can attend?
Snorkel Day is for children and adults with disabilities, ages 5 to 100! No matter what your disability, from autism to down syndrome, cerebral palsy to para & quadriplegic, we welcome you to join our event, and even more so, our ohana.
Who will be there?
At a typical Snorkel Day, we have about 50-70 friends gather together. This is a beautiful mixture of people with disabilities, their caregivers, and many volunteers ready to assist, learn and share the adventure of exploring the ocean and making friends.
What time does it start?
10am-2pm for participants & caregivers. Volunteers meet for orientation at 9am.
Who will help me in the water?
An experienced team of community volunteers and professionals will help you in the water. We have a trained Occupational Therapist present to help with transfers if need be.
What adaptive equipment will be available?
Specialized adaptive and safety equipment such as the mobi mat, hippo-campe wheelchair and mobi chair is available to use during the event.
Do I have to snorkel or can I do something else?
You can snorkel, float, swim, boogie board, or hangout on the beach or pavilion and meet new friends on land.
How long can I stay in the water?
You will get about 45 minutes in the water, but you can come back to land as soon as you want to, you don’t have to stay the whole 45 minutes!
Can I go in more than once?
As long as everyone that has registered has had an opportunity to go into the water once, those who would like a second turn can wait to be paired up and go in again. However, second turns all depend on how many volunteers are still available to help, and how much time we have left before the event ends. Last call to go into the water is at 1:30pm.
Is there a limit of how many people can go in the water per day?
The first 25 participants to register in advance are guaranteed an experience in the water. If you didn’t register in advance, you are still welcome to attend the happenings on land, but you will not be guaranteed a chance to snorkel. You will be placed on a wait list, and if there are volunteers available and if time permits, we will give you an opportunity to experience the water also.