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The National Coastwatch Institution (NCI) is an entirely voluntary organisation keeping a visual watch along UK shores.   

Each station assists in the protection and preservation of life at sea and around the UK coastline.

Currently 50 NCI stations are operational and manned by over 2000 volunteers keeping watch around the British Isles from Rossall  Point in the North West, through Wales, to Wearside in the North East.

Whilst high technology and sophisticated systems are aids to improved safety, a computer cannot spot a distress flare, an overturned boat or a yachtsman or fisherman in trouble. Other vulnerable activities like diving, wind surfing and canoeing are made safer with visual surveillance.

NCI watchkeepers provide the eyes and ears along the coast, monitoring radio channels and providing a listening watch in poor visibility. They are trained to deal with emergencies, offering a variety of skills and experience and full training by the NCI ensures that high standards are met.

Over 246,000 hours of organised coastal surveillance were completed in 2016 alone, all at no cost to the public. Funding is managed by a Board of Trustees with a constitution agreed by the Charity Commission and relies heavily on local support.

For further statistics, and details of incidents reported by NCI, please click here.

Latest news

  • 17th August 2017. For one week each August the usually tranquil town of Fowey attracts thousands of visitors who flock there for the Fowey Royal Regatta, one of Britain’s premier sailing events and...
  • 14th August 2017. The National Coastwatch Institution is proud to announce that we have a Royal Patron.On Saturday the 12th August the Charity was informed by Buckingham Palace that ‘The Princess...
  • 3rd August 2017. A kayaker who was pulled from the water off the Cornish coastline has returned to thank the NCI volunteer coastwatch team who saved him.Justin Ferguson, who was on holiday in St...

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NCI needs volunteer watchkeepers to help safeguard the lives of yachtsmen, fishermen, canoeists and other users of coastal waters.
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Click here to go to a map of the UK, showing the location of each station. Click a pin to show the station name, click Station Name to go to station home page.