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!

 

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.

Being safe and comfortable at a Summer by the Sea activity

We do the very best we can to ensure you stay safe while enjoying one of the many beach side activities, so it is important that you always follow the activity leader’s instructions and come to the activity well prepared.

Because many activities happen on the beach or other outdoor areas, often without much shade, it’s very important to be SunSafe – a long sleeve shirt is recommended, pop on a hat as well and make sure you have put on some sunscreen before the start of the activity.

Many activities, such as Rockpool Rambles and Dinosaur Digs, occur on uneven ground and where there are rocks that can stab your toes. We ask that you wear closed shoes for the activity, not thongs. We can’t guarantee that you can take part in the activity if inappropriate footwear is worn.

Also bring along a bottle of water and some snacks, it’s a lot harder to learn and enjoy yourself with a rumbling tummy…

If you have a disability, please let us know when booking your spot on the activity and we will do our best to try and assist you.  Alternatively, email Coastcare.Victoria@delwp.vic.gov.au or phone your local Coastcare Facilitator to discuss your requirements and we can work together to make sure you get the most out of Summer by the Sea.

What types of activities are on offer for Summer by the Sea

Bookings open in mid-December on this website…

Rockpool Ramble

Find out who and what lives on our rocky shores. With the help of a local guide, you will get up close and personal to discover the colourful and strange looking creatures that lurk in the rockpools of coastal Victoria. Sturdy shoes required.

Geology Rocks

Discover the natural history of the Victorian coastline dating back millions of years. A local guide will lead you on an adventure to uncover secrets of the past, including dinosaurs, fossils and dunes.

Marine and Coastal Discovery

Explore Victoria’s coastal and marine environments on an interactive discovery tour. Be prepared to get your feet wet!

Take a guided walk through some of Victoria’s terrestrial coastal environments including national parks, cliffs and heathlands. Bring a torch for after dark walks.

Sessions may include beachcombing, sea grass and mud flat meanders, beach photography, catchment tours, dip netting, geocaching and fishing.

Adventure Safari

Experience Victoria’s coastal and marine waters. These activities include kayaking and snorkelling, canoeing and boat trips for those with an adventurous streak and who like to get wet! Bookings essential, participants must be able to swim well and age restrictions may apply.

Dog’s Breakfast

Come along for a free breakfast for dogs and owners. Local experts will help you discover the biodiversity and wildlife living along Victoria’s beaches and learn what we can all do to care for it. Dogs must be on a lead.

Marine and Coastal Connections

Learn more about our coastal and marine environments and how you can make a difference. Experience the coastal and marine environment without getting your feet wet. Activities include movie nights, wildlife displays, festivals.
We hope that you find an activity that suits your interests. Wheelchair accessible activities are marked. If you require any assistance to attend a Summer by the Sea activity, please get in touch and we will do our best to help you.