With only one arrest and a handful of expiations issued, police and Schoolies Festival organisers are pleased with attendees' behaviour at night one of the annual event in Victor Harbor.
Encounter Youth staff and volunteers handed out wristbands to 4500 school leavers on Friday, November 22, and with final graduations and valedictory nights complete, about 500 more are expected to arrive on Saturday.
Schoolies Festival police commander Superintendent Mark Fairney said police were "very pleased" with how day one transpired, as the majority of school leavers were on their best behaviour.
He said seven people were transported to hospital from Warland Reserve as a result of alcohol and drug-related issues.
One arrest was made: a 17-year-old Wynn Vale boy, who was charged with property damage after damaging a cabin window.
There were 27 fines handed out - the majority were for drinking alcohol in a dry zone, with the rest being for urinating in a public place, disorderly behaviour, and a traffic offence.
A fight at about 3pm resulted in one person taken to hospital, but neither party involved wanted to take the matter further.
"I'm pleased to report that over 200 people were alcohol tested (on route to Victor Harbor) and there were no positive results for drink driving and no positive results for drug driving," he said.
Supt Fairney said police used Schoolies Festival as a time to engage with young people and educate them about laws, and "a degree of tolerance" was applied for minor offences.
"It's a level of interaction (with police) they don't experience anywhere else," he said.
On Thursday afternoon, before the festival began, police tested a man at a drug testing station at McCracken, where he returned a positive result to cannabis and methamphetamine.
"The vehicle was searched with a drug detection dog and it located a large amount of methamphetamine and fantasy," Supt Fairney said.
"There was 2.5mg of methamphetamine, making it a traffickable amount, and 125mL of fantasy.
"We do recognise that people want to bring drugs into the area. Part of the harm minimisation is we set up drug driving stations on the Thursday."
The 36-year-old Craigmore man was remanded in custody and will face Adelaide Magistrates Court in April next year.
"We believe the message has got through that unless it's your year, don't come to Victor Harbor and interrupt celebrations," he said.
"Officers report everyone's having a good time, they're not seeing 'toolies', and we have not seen people not here for the festival interfering."
Encounter Youth chief executive officer Nigel Knowles said another 500-plus school leavers would join the celebrations today.
"We encourage young people and their parents to remain safe on the roads - we want you here safely," he said.
With an 80s costume theme for tonight's festivities, he expected local op shops to have a "good trade".
He reminded attendees to look after each other and if there was an issue, there is help available.
"Stick with your mates and don't go anywhere alone," he said.
"Contact Triple Zero (000) or reach out to a Green Team member, they're always there to help you."
Mr Knowles said anyone thinking about drinking alcohol or taking drugs should reconsider to ensure this weekend was one to remember.
"Encounter Youth's key message is we accept you and value you for who you are," he said.
"If you're considering taking substances, we think you don't need to. We think you're good enough without them."