Introduction to Beekeeping


Location: Southside Beekeepers Club – South Frankston Community Centre, 45 Towerhill Road, South Frankston, Vic
Duration: One day – 9am to 4pm
Cost:  $125

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

  • History of Bees & Beekeeping
  • Bee Colony identification
  • The Lifecycle of a Bee
  • Hive components
    • Brood & Super box types
    • Bases, Lids, feeders, escape boards, etc.
  • Beekeeping Equipment & usage
    • Hand Tools
    • Suits & Gloves
    • Smokers – Types and how /when to use
  • Personal & Bee Safety
  • Colony Identification
    • Castes:  Queen, brood, workers
    • Cell identification – brood / drone / queen
    • Honey & Pollen stores
  • Seasonal Hive opening & Closing
  • Feeding – What to feed them and When
  • Hive location
  • Hive maintenance & harvesting
  • Introduction to FlowHive & Other Beekeeping techniques



Copy of course Book and Biosecurity manual provided



Course Properties

Course Date None planned due to Covid-19
Course End Date None planned due to Covid-19
Registration Start Date None planned due to Covid-19
Capacity 14
Registered 0
Available place 0
Cut off date None planned due to Covid-19
Individual Price Course Fee $125 + New Membership $60
Location Monterey Secondary College


Attendees will require a Bee Suit & Gloves to participate in all practical activities in our apiary.  If you do not have a Bee suit and gloves please mention this in the comments area and we will be in touch to assist you to acquire a suit or we may be able to loan you a club suit (limited number available).

Due to Bio Security all members using their own suit and gloves must make sure the suite and gloves be unused\new or  have been cleaned to avoid contamination with any colonies outside the club’s apiary.

To attend our course you are required to become a Southside Beekeepers Club Member.  By signing up for this course the details you provide will form part of your membership application to become a member.