Safety and Wellbeing during Summer by the Sea 2022

Summer in 2022 looks a bit different. Now more than ever, it’s vital that Victorians keep safe! So when you’re out and about this summer, whether attending an activity or perhaps trying your hand at rockpooling after watching a video, or making a sand sculpture for our challenge, 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 guidelines for coronavirus (COVID-19). This includes the need for physical distancing, personal protective equipment and good hygiene. Attendees at face to face events are required to be double vaccinated and are strongly encouraged to wear a face mask. 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.

Participants must be conscious of Aboriginal Cultural Heritage while participating in Summer by the Sea activities.

The EPA’s Beach Report is a great place to check the water quality in Port Phillip if you plan to be getting in the water.

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 our 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, 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…

Pets cannot be accommodated at coastal walks.

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.