Introduction to Beekeeping

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The Southside Beekeepers Club’s beginner course is specifically designed to get you through your first year of beekeeping.  The course is run by experienced hobby and professional beekeepers comprising of theory and practical experience in our club apiary

NOTE: Courses are for members only.  Non-members wishing to join in order to attend the course can apply here.  Membership will be valid for 12 months from date of approval and you will enjoy all the perks of full membership.

Topics Covered

  • Beekeeping not negotiables
  • Understand work health and safety issues related to running an apiary
  • Apiary site selection
  • Hive Selection / Types – assembly / component – Accessory Selection
  • Managing different hives pros and cons Langstroth, Flowhive, Long Langstroth, Top Bar hives
  • Using a Bee Smoker
  • Opening a beehive and putting back together
  • Inspecting Frames / Manipulate Bee Brood
  • Manage Pests and Disease – Bio Security
  • Re-Queening Hives
  • Managing Swarming
  • Removing honey from a hive
  • Extracting Honey & Food Safety
  • 2 hours Practical Hive Inspection experience at our Club Apiary


Copy of course Book and Biosecurity manual provided


ourse Properties

Course Dates Sat 18 November 2023, 8:30am – 4pm
Sat 20 Jan 2023, 8:30am – 4pm
Sun 18 February 2024, 8:30am – 4pm
Sat 16 March 2024, 8:30am – 4pm
Course Duration 6 to 8 hours starting at 8:30am going to around 4pm.
Registration Send a note to us using the Contact Us form below.  Message Subject = Course Query
Capacity 14
Cut off date When class size is reached / More Course dates can be added based on demand
Individual Price The course costs $160.00 for members or $200.00 for non-members (which includes a membership fee).
Location Frankston South Community and Recreation Centre – 55 Towerhill Rd, Frankston South VIC 3199



We aim to run through the theory at the recreation centre and then, depending on weather drive to the clubs apiary at the Downs Estate Community Project (DECP), 190 Old Wells Road Seaford.
Participants will receive a copy of the Australian Beekeeping Guide & the Biosecurity Manual for Beekeepers.
If you have a suit, gloves and a veil, please bring them. Also bring sturdy footwear – boots that cover the ankle is preferred. The club has approx 8 suits so we can provide one if you don’t have your own.
Morning tea is provided, however you should bring your own lunch.
Bookings can be made via trybooking