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    SATURDAY 15th & SUNDAY 16th FEBRUARY  2020
     10am  – – – 3pm
    Come in and be part of our bushfire recovery support.
    Just $5 entry!!


    2020 Summer Holiday Calendar of activities.
    Please note, given the current circumstances, some programs are subject to changes at any time.
    We know you will understand. Thank you.


    Discover the amazing underwater world of the beautiful Sapphire Coast. Cost includes comprehensive instruction plus all gear: mask, snorkel and fins, plus wetsuit* (available in limited sizes).
    4 people to run program
    Ages: 6+                          Ages 6 to 15yrs MUST be accompanied by an adult               Duration: 1.5 hrs                  Cost: $50 per person
    B = Suitable for BEGINNERS (have snorkelled less than 10 times)
    Ex = Suitable for EXPERIENCED (have snorkelled 10+ times)
    DD = DRIFT DIVE This involves floating in either an outgoing or incoming tide for up to 60minutes or more, from one location to another. Please check with our snorkel guides to see if this is a suitable snorkel for you and your party.
    Subject to weather conditions.
     You MUST be able to swim and float.


    Join a marine guide as we explore the amazing diversity of life found in, on and around our rock platforms. Find seastars, hermit crabs, tiny fish, squishy anemones and maybe even an octopus!

    Min 6 people to run program
    Ages: 4+ 
    Parents w. bubs in prams are welcome to join, however please talk to staff about access & shade 
    1hr                             Cost: $10 per person
    Subject to weather conditions and tides
    Required: Covered and/or waterproof shoes (no thongs). Sun protection: hat, sunscreen, long sleeves & water.
    In the interest of keeping our beaches clean, please be aware that the centre practices a ban on single use plastics including bottles, bags, straws and coffee cups. Please consider your choices when coming along on one of our rockpool discovery tours. Thank you for joining us in the fight. #noexcuseforsingleuse #BYOCoffeeCup #WarOnWasteAU


    Join us for some hands-on, interactive exploration where you can TOUCH EVERYTHING, learn & have FUN while doing it!

    Ages: All
    Duration: as long as you like between: 10am – 4pm Monday to Saturday
    $5 per person (children under 4 free)


    Come and watch the fish enjoy their lunch & hear more about our local species.
    12pm Monday, Wednesday and Friday (ONLY during school holidays)

    All                         Duration: approx. 20min    Cost: No additional cost w. centre entry


    UnderseaROV presents ‘THROUGH THE GARDEN OF EDEN’ trilogy
    The crew at UnderseaROV are passionate about education and sustainability and have some amazing insights to share. UnderseaROV has been exploring and filming throughout Eden’s, Twofold Bay, unlocking underwater secrets from its rich fish life to ancient marine gardens. The trilogy has been spliced to a special 45 minute film, which will guide you on a unique underwater journey through Twofold Bay, using boats and underwater drones or ROVs. This special trilogy offers something for everyone: nature lovers, recreational fishers, divers, tourists and anyone curious about what lies beneath the surface of Twofold bay.
    Ages: All             Duration: 40mins                Cost: $10 Adults   $5 Children                 Session times: Please check calendar for days and times

    Work Experience at the Marine Discovery Centre with
    Hannah Welsford from Sapphire Coast Anglican College

    Over the last week I have had the amazing opportunity to join the team at SCMDC for work experience. Everyone was so lovely and made my week so enjoyable.

    During my time here I spent a lot of time learning about SCMDC’s role in educating people about our area’s amazing  marine life.  I have fed fish,  helped produce the centre’s marine bingo game, assisted in admin tasks like creating advertising material for senior’s day events and stock taking snorkelling equipment  for the upcoming summer of snorkelling tours and rock pool exploration.

    Overall my week was enjoyable and has opened my eyes to a career in conservation of  and education about marine life and the environment.











    We are OPEN this Sunday 17th November
    @930am to 230pm for EVERYONE!!

    Cruise ship passengers, visitors to the area & our lovely locals
    are all invited to come on in and see us.
    At 12midday we will have our special
    Octopus Feeding Demonstration & Talk
    where you can learn amazing facts about the incredible octopus!! 

    he really is super cool and would love to see you for lunch…..


    CENTRE OPEN 930am
    CENTRE CLOSE 230pm


    As part of the 2019 EDEN WHALE FESTIVAL
    The Sapphire Coast Marine Discovery Centre and UnderseaROV
    is proud to present its premier screening of the delightful film,
    Through the Garden of Eden trilogy.

    Friday 1st & Saturday 2nd November

    Session and Opening times are as follows:
    Friday 1st November
    Centre Opens 9am
    Film Session #1 9am – 945am
    Film Session #2 11am – 1145am
    Film Session #3 1pm- 145pm
    Fish Feeding Demonstration 12pm
    Centre Closes 4pm
    (Cruise ship in port from 6am)

    Saturday 2nd November
    Centre Opens 1030am
    Film Session #1 11am – 1145am
    Film Session #2 1pm – 145pm
    Film Session #3 2pm- 245pm
    Fish Feeding Demonstration 12pm
    Centre Closes 3pm

    PLEASE NOTE the Marine Discovery Centre will
    ONLY be open these days for FILM GOERS only.
    Cost of the film includes FREE ENTRY to the Centre
    $5 Children
    $10 Adults
    (no concessions)






    the Sapphire Coast Marine Discovery Centre
    is proud to present the


    The Underwater & Marine-themed
    Photographic &
    Film Festival

    25th MAY 2019 9am – 5pm
    @ Club Sapphire, Merimbula



    The SCMDC  are excited to be welcoming award-winning, talented and passionate underwater and marine-themed photographers to share with us their passion of the oceans, seas and water-ways through their stunning visuals and personal, inspirational and heart-warming stories.

    Introducing our very special guest presenters for this years forum:

    Sheree Marris

    SHEREE MARRIS -presents the entertainingly titled: “High speed – Feeding,  fighting and fornicating”
    See how using high-speed videography is revealing the secrets of some the oceans most fascinating animals in spectacular detail. Think the fastest biological processes on the planet, feeding strategies of the world’s deadliest animals and epic orgies that would make any land lover blush!!

    If Sheree had her choice, she would have gills instead of lungs, a breath hold to rival the sperm whale and a sparkly green mermaid-esque tail. Since she doesn’t she spends most of her time blowing bubbles and developing innovative environmental projects and bridging the gap between science and the public. A marine biologist Sheree is one of Australia’s most passionate and dynamic science communicators sharing her quit wit and humour of the natural world through radio talk-back, television appearances and producing documentaries. She’s also a former Young Australian of the Year and award-winning author with several publications including KamaSEAtra – Secrets of Sex in the Sea, a humorous read about the unique reproductive methods of sea creatures and the parallels they share with humans.


    Richard Wylie’s Seadragon

    RICHARD WYLIE presents  Zen and the Art of Seadragon Maintenance”.
    Richard is an award winning Australian Geographic photographer and lecturer at Monash University with a shared passion and love for our oceans and the myriad of marine creatures that live in the watery realms of our planet.





    Love every day as though you might Dive – PT Hirschfield

    PT HIRSCHFIELD  also known as Pink Tank Scuba is a writer, photographer and lives by the motto, “Live every day as though you might dive”, PT’s thought-provoking title,  The Scuba Vs Tumour Adventures of PT Hirschfield (aka Pink Tank Scuba), is sure to capture your heart and mind.

    PT Hirschfield is a real life Mermaid, scuba magazine writer and award winning underwater photographer who is passionate about sharing images and stories from her regular marine life encounters. Her goal is to foster greater awe and understanding of all that lies beneath the ocean’s surface, encouraging others to develop a greater sense of custodianship towards the ocean’s hidden treasures. PT believes that bridging the disconnect between ourselves and the ocean can play a vital role in our health and well-being, both on an individual level and for the health of the planet as a whole



    Kieran and Ian Holmes, and David Rowland

    UNDERSEA ROV team DAVID ROWLAND,  IAN & KIERAN HOLMES  will be be presenting the humorously titled, “Urchin Action. Kelp me Omega-3……you are my only hope. Filming for the future of us all.” Despite the self-confessed nerdy title, the subject matter is much more serious as the undeseaROV team shine a light on the urchin barren problem in our area. Weather permitting, we hope to share with  forum participates a live feed from ROV in water, to landlubbers on seats –  showing a snapshot of underwater classroom possibilities and education to the big screen (as seen in Through the Garden of Eden shown recently  at the Eden Fisherman’s Club)





    Peter Hannan

    PETER HANNAN – Sapphire Coast local photographer and ocean conservation advocate, Peter spends several months a year living and photographing some truly incredible scenery in Iceland.
    Join Peter at the  “Underwater and marine Photographic and Film Festival” where he will share some of his stunning images and talk about the impacts of humans as he has observed over the years in Iceland.





    David Rogers

    DAVID ROGERS Sapphire Coast local and self described “over enthusiastic landscape photographer”, took out the #8 most viral image last year on Australia.com page with his stunning picture of bio luminescence in Tathra. David’s mini-presentation titled “‘The Impact of Photography for Social Media” will explore  how powerful and thought-provoking imagery viewed on social media can change the way we view and appreciate our world.





    Louise Kelly

    LOUISE KELLY – of Louise Kelly Seascapes and Underwater portraits, is a local Eden marine underwater photographer, ocean lover and mum who captures incredible images via her underwater Portraits, Surf Photography, and Dive Photography, along the pristine waters of the Sapphire Coast and beyond.






    Join us at Club Sapphire, Merimbula for an inspirational and exhilarating day of stunning visuals, heart warming and adventurous stories and all followed up by an informal and fabulous dinner at Wheeler’s Seafood Restaurant at the Sapphire Coast Marine Discovery Centre’s 10th Annual Marine Science Forum for 2019.

    Saturday May 25th. Tickets on Sale now. Saturday May 25th.









    Planning is well underway for the 2018 Marine Science Forum!
    Come along and hear some amazing speakers, watch incredible presentations and have some fun at the Forum Trivia Night

    We will be re-exploring the themes of human induced problems in our oceans, a subject matter gaining much attention with tv such as War on Waste and Sir David Attenborough’s Blue Planet II. We will find out if our oceans are getting better or worse, what impacts humans are having, catch up on new research and all in a fun and informative atmosphere. Find out what you can do to save the very thing that gives the whole planet life – our ocean.