23rd June 2020. Despite the social distancing restrictions imposed by the Coronavirus pandemic, the Training Officer at NCI Hengistbury Head has found a novel way to conduct a final watchkeeper assessment

Due to the temporary closure of all NCI Stations and the subsequent social distancing restrictions due to Covid-19, Mary found herself ready, but unable, to take her final assessment – until today! To meet the challenge, Chris, the Training Officer at Hengistbury Head, put together a plan to ensure that both he and Mary stayed safe and met all the Covid-19 regulations by carrying out the chart work via email, the theory questions in the sunshine outside the Lookout and the practical part on a one in / one out basis.

Needless to say, Mary passed her assessment and is now a qualified National Coastwatch Institution Watchkeeper but, rather sadly, had to have a socially distant epaulette presentation by Chris. Well done Mary and welcome to the team.

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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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