Recruitment and What We Do



Here at Shoreham

Shoreham is a very busy historical Port with numerous commercial shipping and leisure craft movements. There are several yacht clubs, rowing clubs, marinas, a PWC hire centre, wind surfers, kite surfers, board surfers and diving clubs; any of which could require the assistance of marine-land coordinated emergency services.


What we do
We are all volunteer members of the National Coastwatch Institution. Answerable to Solent Coastguard, our motto of 'Eyes along the coast' means we are there to spot the dangers and discern who are the vulnerable. At Shoreham we have a high powered optical scope and binoculars to help us maintain a visual watch from the station over the beach, the harbour and inshore waters off Shoreham Port. Marine band radio is also constantly monitored, listening for  anyone requesting  assistance  having found themselves in trouble at sea. We also now have radar scanning equipment to assist in identifying vessels which get into difficulty beyond visual range.

We are there to spot and discern a genuine emergency, report it accurately to the relevant agency and record it. 

We are able to plot the position of a spotted emergency on our maritime chart using the station’s azimuth compass rose.  Likewise, a position given by a casualty in distress as a Lat/Long coordinate can be calculated as a bearing and distance from the station. Along with vessel identification, phonetic alphabet and radio communication, it’s an interesting and valuable way to spend a few hours a week.


Our station needs you

If you are able to travel to the station under your own steam and give some of your time to learn something new and interesting, we will do the rest. Training is provided on site and you will be shown how to do all of the above and much more. You can learn at your own pace as the training is staged in sections, combined with your own manual, to cover all you will need to know in becoming an accomplished Watchkeeper.

How much does it cost?

Some time and effort… and if you can commit to us, we’ll commit to you. There is no fee for training; all we ask is that you provide your own transport and time. There is a probationary period, so you can pop along and see how you find things before committing to time or purchasing a uniform. There is a token annual membership fee payable (subject to completion of your probationary period). Further details are available on request or at interview on station.

How do I find out more?

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer watch keeper at Shoreham station or just have a few questions first, please contact the Station Manager.

 Stephen Hand

 Email: Station Manager  

[email protected]




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.


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0300 111 1202

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17 Dean Street, Liskeard,
Cornwall, PL14 4AB