Information for Potential Watchkeepers

Are you thinking of joining us?

Click here, and on our Contact Form select the "Join us" category. We will then pass your enquiry to the local station management team who will get in touch with you.

All Training Given 

Training will be carried out, at the local station, with experienced watchkeepers whilst on watch. An assessment to demonstrate knowledge of all the required competences will take place once the volunteer is ready and the trainer is confident that the volunteer will become an effective watchkeeper. 

Learn at your own Pace 

The training is designed not only to make volunteers efficient watchkeepers of value to the community but also to increase their general knowledge of maritime matters. 

No Previous Experience Necessary 

All members of a watchstation are not only expected to carry out regular watchkeeping duties but also to attend station meetings and fund-raising events.  
Meetings may be held to conduct training or hold general meetings etc. They also provide members an opportunity to meet together other than when on watch.
As each station is responsible for raising sufficient funds to meet its running costs, fund raising events are vital for the efficient upkeep of the station.
NCI watchkeepers are an important part of the national search and rescue organisation and play a vital part in the safety of coastal users.


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

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17 Dean Street, Liskeard,
Cornwall, PL14 4AB