Coastal youth champions

The Coastal Ambassador Youth Training Program is a new initiative to engage young champions into helping to conserve the coast.

The first program ran in the summer of 2018-19 and gathered a great selection of young adults putting their hand up to be a local champion in their community!

 South Australia has stunning coastlines with unique and amazing animals and plant life living in the oceans and on our beaches.

Young adults, between 13 and 15 years old, keen to learn as much as they can about our coast and marine environments, are helping us to look after it, by share their new information with friends and families, and even becoming involved in helping out.    

About the program

The Coastal Ambassadors Youth Training Program is funded by the NRM levy and runs workshops with virtual underwater tours and exciting field trips such as supervised snorkelling and kayaking, to help you gain knowledge through enjoying and immersing yourself in our spectacular marine environments.

This free program is open to young adults living in the Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges region.

Testimonial from a young coastal champion!

In the 2018 winter school holidays I participated in a beachcombing bingo activity run by the Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges Natural Resources Management Board. It was actually pretty cool investigating plants and animals washed up during the winter storms, I had no idea a sponge was a simple animal. I now watch coast and marine related documentaries on Netflix and have a passion to learn more. Whenever I’m down the beach now I always have my head down checking things out and I recently went snorkelling with the Port Jackson sharks. The underwater world is awesome!  

2019 program

There will be three themed workshops throughout January 2019, each with an associated field trip.

Hallett Cove - COMPLETED    
This workshop covered a broad range of coast and marine topics with a focus on marine plastics. The field trip, a snorkelling adventure at Hallett Cove, was unfortunately cancelled due to the weather.

Port Adelaide - COMPLETED
This workshop covered a broad range of coast and marine topics with a focus on marine animals. The field trip included a Garden Island kayaking adventure in the Port River.

Victor Harbor - FULL
This workshop will cover a broad range of topics with a focus on coast and marine conservation. The field trip includes a return bus trip from Victor Harbor to Second Valley for a snorkelling adventure.

Topics include but are not limited to:

Workshop dates





COMPLETED - Friday 4 January

10.00 am – 3.00 pm

Hallett Cove

Marine plastics

COMPLETED - Tuesday 8 January 

10.00 am – 3.00 pm

Port Adelaide

Marine animals 

FULL - Thurs 24 January

10.00 am – 3.00 pm

Victor Harbor

Marine conservation

Field trip dates





RESCHEDULED - Saturday 5 January

10.00 am – 2.00 pm

Hallett Cove


COMPLETED - Wednesday 9 January


Port Adelaide – Garden Island


FULL - Fri 25 January

11.30 am – 3.30 pm

Second Valley


Related links

Lead agency

Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges NRM Board

More information

Natural Resources Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges