Surf Coast

                      Surf Coast
                      Surf Coast
                      Surf Coast

The Concept

Designed for: Victorian Primary and Secondary students

This popular 3- day program encourages students to embrace Australia’s coastal activities, learn about the diversity of marine life and empowering them with essential water safety skills. Highlights include fun and educational water activities by Lifesaving Victoria, body boarding lessons, a visit to Split Point Lighthouse and camping at Torquay.

Itinerary Day By Day


Morning departure from school, travelling by coach, via Geelong to Torquay. Along the way you will stop at Aireys Inlet to visit Split Point Lighthouse, affectionately known as ‘The White Queen’. During a guided tour, find out about the history of the Shipwreck Coast and the lives of the lighthouse keepers. (Appropriate footwear must be worn - no thongs, slip-on shoes, crocs or high heels). Travel on to Torquay and set up camp.
Please note: Breakfast and packed lunch are not included today.


Today you will be split into two groups for activities. You will undertake the Open Water Learning Experience, conducted by Lifesaving Victoria, which includes:

Be Aware and Be Prepared - During this land-based activity you will gain knowledge to ensure safety in and around water, including how to identify dangers such as rip currents.

Everyday Lifesavers - Another land-based activity in which you will be given the skills to learn the emergency response sequence.

Survival Strategies - In this water-based activity you will learn important survival skills including entering and exiting the water safely.

Rescue Strategies - During this water-based exercise, you will be shown examples of rescue items and how to use them if required to perform a water rescue.

Safe Body Boarding - You will hit the water again to learn key skills needed to stay safe whilst body boarding, including safety equipment and how to paddle effectively.

Nipper Boards - A chance to have fun catching waves as well as learn how a body board can be used as a flotation device and to perform a rescue.

Beach Flags - Students will participate in a unique lifesaving race on the beach, and have the opportunity to be crowned King or Queen of the beach flags.

Iron Man/Iron Woman - You will have the opportunity to compete against fellow classmates in the water, whilst learning essential lifesaving skills.


Pack up camp after breakfast, and explore local rockpools, learning about some of the amazing adaptations and inter-relationships between the creatures that dwell there. (This activity will be subject to tides).
Enjoy lunch in the serene Geelong Botanic Gardens. If time permits, enjoy a ride on the carousel (at your own expense), or follow the Bollard Walk and its colourful painted characters, before making your way back to school this afternoon.

  • Camp fees
  • Experienced cook to prepare all meals
  • Meals as specified (2 breakfasts, 2 packed lunches, 2 dinners)
  • Comfortable coach with air-conditioning, DVD and seat belts
  • Two person pyramid-style tents with sewn-in floors
  • Open Water Learning Experience (full day – 3.5 hours)
  • Split Point Lighthouse tour
  • Rockpool Ramble
  • lilo, sleeping bag, pillow, towel, toiletries, crockery and cutlery