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Who Are We

The National Coastwatch Institution (NCI) is an entirely voluntary organisation keeping a visual watch along UK shores.
 
Each station assists in the protection and preservation of life at at sea and around the UK coastline.
 
Currently 50 NCI stations are operational and manned by over 2000 volunteers, keeping watch around the British Isles from Rossall Point in the North West, through Wales, to Wearside in the North East.
 
While technology and sophisticated systems are aids to improved safety, a computer cannot spot a distress flare, an overturned boat, or a yachtsman or fisherman in trouble, and everyone's nightmare, the adventorous child drifting out to sea in a rubber ring.  All vulnerable activities like canoeing, diving, wind-surfing, are made safer by visual surveillance.
 
NCI watchkeepers provide the eyes and ears along the coast, monitoring radio channels and providing a listening watch during 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.
 
 
Rossall Point station  has approximately 30 members and we are actively seeking further recruits.  Training evenings are arranged on Wednesdays at the Nautical College Fleetwood.  Trainees also stand watches at the Tower with experienced Watchkeepers.  It is all very relaxed and informal.
 
 
Lookout Tel: 01253 870618
Every day, 10.00 to 18.00
Latitude 53 55 33 N
Longitude 03 02 69 W

OS Grid Reference SD314479

 

 
 
 
     
    

Helping To Save Lives 

Registered Charity No. 1045645