Keep the Summer vibes going!

Summer by the Sea officially wrapped up on Sunday 24 January, but due to popular demand, we’ve decided to make the entire Summer by the Sea program available online until Sunday 28 February.

 

It’s a great opportunity to check out the whole program and catch up on an activity you may have missed, or have another look at something you found interesting and enjoyable during January!

 

In addition to making all of our activities and videos available, we’ve also added Hindi to our list of transcripts and captions. Other languages available include English, Punjabi, Arabic, Vietnamese, Simplified Chinese and Traditional Chinese.

 

We thoroughly enjoyed putting together the 2021 program and hope you learned something new about our amazing marine and coastal environments.

 

 

Imagine and create!

Visit the Imagine and create page for a whole stack of fun activities including colouring books, puzzles, crafts, fact sheets, journals and more!

More people can join in on Summer by the Sea 2021!

We are very excited to share that the 2021 Summer by the Sea program is more inclusive and accessible than ever! This year’s online format has given us the unique opportunity to engage with even more of you! Now those that live further inland, are hard of hearing or come from a Culturally and Linguistically Diverse background can get involved.

All 6 podcasts come with an English transcript. All 11 videos have English closed captions and transcripts and are translated into the following languages:

  • Traditional Chinese
  • Simplified Chinese
  • Vietnamese
  • Arabic
  • Punjabi

This means more of you than ever can get involved and get excited about our beautiful marine and coastal environments in Victoria!

Safety and Wellbeing during Summer by the Sea 2021

Summer in 2021 looks a bit different. Now more than ever, it’s vital that Victorians keep safe! So when you’re out and about listening to a podcast, or perhaps trying your hand at rockpooling after watching a video, or even playing beach bingo, make sure you do it safely!

This means always checking the tides, being aware of your surroundings, making sure you slip, slop and slap, wear appropriate footwear, bring a drink and snacks and always stay up to date with Department of Health and Human Services guidelines for coronavirus (COVID-19). This includes the need for physical distancing, personal protective equipment and good hygiene. For up-to-date health information visit www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au

Make sure you’re safe around water while you’re out enjoying our beautiful coast this Summer! Active adult supervision of children is essential to reduce the risk of drowning. For toddlers, this always means having an adult within arm’s reach when they are in or around water. Unexpected changes can trouble even the best swimmers. Know the conditions. Know your limits.

Summer by the Sea 2021 program

Welcome to Summer by the Sea 2021!

Connect to the coast from wherever you are when Summer by the Sea goes online in 2021.

The annual program will deliver a suite of presentations and activities online between 2 and 24 January 2021.

The month-long program offers a variety of activities exploring the rich and diverse natural and cultural values of Victoria’s coastal and marine environments.

Summer by the Sea 2021 program

The program below is available in PDF and Word in English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Punjabi, Arabic and Vietnamese:

LIVE EVENTS

Expert volunteers and subject matter specialists will take you on a weekly deep dive along Victoria’s coast with live presentations, giving you a chance to ask your questions!

Register for live events here

VIDEOS

Come along and learn about a whole host of topics from Rockpool Rambles to what you can do at home to head Toward Zero Waste.

Videos will be presented with captions in English and several languages other than English. With videos being posted every week, there’s something for everyone!

PODCASTS

Pop your headphones in and enjoy a stroll along the beach while listening to some super informative and fun podcasts!

ONLINE RESOURCES AND MATERIALS

For those rainy days, check out our collection of resources and activities! There are colouring books, puzzles, crafts, fact sheets, journals and more!

 

Air Quality

6 January 2019

Please note that the EPA has issued an advice message about air quality due to smoky conditions across many parts of Victoria. We urge you to consider the EPA’s advice when making decisions about spending time outdoors, including attending Summer by the Sea activities.

Summer by the Sea will cancel any activities in areas where air quality is rated as Hazardous. We will let you know as early as possible if your activity has been cancelled due to air quality or other safety concerns and will endeavour to reschedule activities where possible.

Some people are more sensitive to smoke including people with heart and lung conditions, pregnant women, people over 65 and children under 14.  Anyone experiencing wheezing, chest tightness or difficult breathing should call 000.

If you have heart or lung conditions or other smoke sensitivity and choose to participate in Summer by the Sea, you must have your medication with you during the activity.

For more information visit the EPA website: https://www.epa.vic.gov.au/for-community/monitoring-your-environment/about-epa-airwatch and keep abreast of Vic Emergency messaging: https://www.emergency.vic.gov.au

Take care,

Coastcare Victoria

East Gippsland cancellations

Due to the fires and State of Disaster in East Gippsland we have decided to cancel all Summer by the Sea activities in the East Gippsland Shire footprint this January (2020). We will explore opportunities to reschedule activities in this area later in the year.

Thank you and best wishes to our activity providers and participants who support the program in the east. Please take care and stay safe.

Snorkelling for People with Disabilities : Beaumaris and Altona

This unique event is delivered by the Disabled Divers Association (DDA) and army of volunteers to provide people of various abilities the opportunity to experience a day at the beach in a new light. Gain confidence in accessing the water environment with the assistance of DDA, which is a non-profit organisation, dedicated to encouraging and supporting people with disabilities. This event is designed to inspire and give people with disabilities the opportunity to put the fun back into life. Minimum age: 8 years old.

Please note that this activity may be rescheduled if weather is unsuitable.

If a participant normally has a full-time carer, they will require a carer with them at all times on the day.

If a participant requires assistance to transfer from a wheelchair to the beach chair, they will need to provide that assistant

Each participant will be assessed on their abilities for the activities on the day.

 

BOOKINGS ARE ESSENTIAL : for more information and to express your interest contact: Bert Parker via parafin_dda@mail.com or (0418) 309 – 182.

If you have booked and can no longer attend, please contact us to cancel, so another participant can join us.

Wild weather a cause for event cancellations

Sometimes the best laid plans can be foiled by wild weather, especially during a Victorian summer.  Disappointing as this may be, the safety and comfort of participants, staff and volunteers will always be our number one priority.

During Summer by the Sea we might encounter a number of weather scenarios which cause us to consider cancelling activities including extreme heat, bushfire danger, storms and poor water quality.  When these weather events arise, we work with emergency services experts in the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning and with our local activity providers to gather local knowledge, conduct risk analysis and decide if activities should proceed or be cancelled.

In the event that activities are cancelled we will inform people who were booked as soon as possible, and change the activity to “Cancelled” status on the website.  In many instances we will be able to reschedule the activity for a different date, and will offer places to those who were booked in the original activity, plus post the new activity on the website if places are still available.

If activities do go ahead on hot days, please make your own decision as to whether you should attend (especially if you are with very young, elderly or otherwise vulnerable people).  Ensure you drink plenty of fluids, be sunsmart and stay out of the sun as much as possible.

We appreciate your understanding and patience when we have wild weather!  We are committed to running a great summer program while ensuring everyone stays safe and comfortable.

Seal the Loop for Marine Wildlife

Each year thousands of marine birds, mammals and fish are killed or injured due to discarded fishing line in the environment. By ensuring you safely dispose of your fishing line and other fishing waste, you are helping to untangle the threats to marine wildlife across Victoria.

Hundreds of Seal the Loop bins are maintained by dedicated volunteers at fishing spots along the coast.  Look for the bins where you fish, and remind others in your community to put their fishing waste in the bin.

Help protect wildlife by keeping fishing line out of our waterways.  Visit zoo.org.au/sealtheloop

You can report injured marine wildlife to the AGL Marine Response Unit by calling 1300 AGL MRU (1300 245 678).