Telephone: 01294 271855




Telephone us: 01294 271855


Our station is manned by volunteers who keep watch around the Ayrshire Coast from Ardrossan to Troon.

Whilst high technology and sophisticated systems are aids to improved safety, a computer cannot spot a distress flare, an overturned boat or a yachtsman, swimmer or fisherman in trouble.  Our volunteers man the Control Room, patrol the beach, Harbourside and the Beach Park. 


No prior experience is necessary to become a Watchkeeper. A Training Check List that you will be issued with has been designed to ensure that you reach the required standard. You will be guided through the training process until you become  a fully certified Watchkeeper. Members have very different backgrounds and levels of previous knowledge so training will be geared to your own experience (or lack of it). Overall, your instruction will be organised by the Head of Unit and there will also be unit training sessions arranged by our Training Officer.


Coastwatch in Irvine provide eyes and ears along the coast, monitoring radio channels and providing a listening watch in poor visibility. We are trained to deal with a range of incidents and offer a variety of skills and experience. On-going training ensures that the required standards are maintained.  

Coastwatch Shop

Did you know that we have a wee shop selling teas, coffees, bovril, hot chocolate, crisps, biscuits, tea-cakes, cold drinks, water and sweets?  We even have buckets and spades.  The shop is open as long we have volunteers to man it.  Can you spare a few hours per week to help us out in the shop?

Polar Plunge

Our annual POLAR PLUNGE will be held on Wednesday 1st January 2020.  Last year we had an amazing day we with over 200 participants and another 500 plus spectators. 

The Shoes Brothers (Father Willie and Reverend Neil) opened the Plunge under an awesome sun and showed our plungers their own special dance before everybody charged into the water.  


Kaye Johnstone

Station Manager


Photo: Rebecca Sharp


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But remember, in a coastal or beach emergency dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard.

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First Aid

Coastwatch now has our very own Training Officer.  We offer First Aid training to members of Coastwatch and to members of outside organisations with a fully qualified and insured Advanced First Aid Instructor approved to teach and assess Ofqual and to SQA standard.  The Instructor is NUCO Approved, has a Level 3 Award in Teaching and Education and is PVG cleared as are all our members.   For more information see our First Aid page

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Blue Light Day 7th July 2019

Volunteer with Coastwatch for a few hours per week

Telephone us: 01294 271855

Learn new skills


Meet new friends


Have fun


Widen your horizons


Put something back into the Community

We support the Duke of Edinburgh (DofE) award scheme where young people from the age of 14 can participate in Coastwatch volunteering activities and also in developing new skills.

Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme

For more information on DofE Award Scheme click below:

Telephone us: 01294 271855

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Coastwatch is proud to be a member of the Sea Safety Group