Our People

All our members are volunteers and come from all walks of life, offering a wide range of skills and experience. We have watchkeepers who have been in the armed services, police, teaching, farming, construction, business, retail and many more.

It is not necessary to have a maritime background in order to become a watchkeeper,  as full training will be given.  

Each volunteer undergoes a full and detailed training programme which includes chartwork, incident reporting and marine radio certification. Most importantly they are taught how to Spot an incident, Plot its position and Report it to HM Coastguard’.  

Once training is completed, our volunteers are formally assessed to ensure they meet the rigorous standards approved by HM Coastguard. They are then able to join more than 2,500 colleagues already keeping their ‘Eyes Along the Coast’.  

Individual Stations are managed by an elected Station Manager assisted by an elected station committee. Support for station management is available from National Support Officers, the National Office and IT Teams, and a team of Group Treasurers. 

The overall responsibility for the management and strategic development of the charity rests with the Board of Trustees. Trustees are elected by the member stations and are all volunteer members of the charity. 




Currently almost 60 National Coastwatch stations are operational and manned by over 2600 volunteer watchkeepers around the British Isles from Fleetwood in the North West, through Wales, to the South and East of England to Filey in North Yorkshire. 

National Coastwatch 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 National Coastwatch ensures that high standards are met.








The words National Coastwatch Institution and Eyes Along the Coast and the NCI logos are Registered Trademarks of NCI.


General enquiries
0300 111 1202

Media enquiries
0845 460 1202

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17 Dean Street, Liskeard,
Cornwall, PL14 4AB