27th November 2019. Members of the National Coastwatch Institution went back to school last week to talk about safety on the water.

 Last week students at The Hamble School learnt how to use an Admiralty Chart and navigational instruments to find the course and distance a lifeboat would have to steer to reach a casualty. This was part of a presentation on “Safety on the Water” given to four classes of students by NCI Calshot Training Officer Peter Brown, with the assistance of three of the Calshot Tower Watchkeepers.

Information about the work of NCI and staying safe on and around the water was followed by a practical chart work session. Each student was given a card listing Water Safety tips and a pamphlet about NCI Calshot Tower. The School reported that they had “brilliant feedback and the students found it a valuable experience“.

The photograph (courtesy of M. Sargent, The Hamble School) shows Training Officer Peter Brown describing a Search and Rescue exercise.

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Currently 56 NCI stations are operational and manned by over 2600 volunteers keeping watch around the British Isles from Fleetwood in the North West, through Wales, to the South and East of England to Hornsea in the East Riding of Yorkshire. 

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.








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