COASTWATCH SCOTLAND

Irvine Unit

Telephone: 01294 271855

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Telephone us: 01294 271855

About

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. 

Get Involved

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.

Aims

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?

Projects

We are constantly upgrading our facilities as we grow as a charity.  Our working environment is important to us and to the community, so we are always adding to, and improving, the facilities.

Polar Plunge

Our annual POLAR PLUNGE was held on Tuesday 1st January 2019.  What an amazing day we had 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.  

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Kaye Johnstone

Head of Irvine Unit

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Photo: Rebecca Sharp

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Telephone us: 01294 271855

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

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EYES AND EARS ALONG THE COAST FOR YOUR SAFETY 

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First Aid

Coastwatch now have our very own Training Officer.  We can 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 SQA standard.  The Instructor is NUCO Approved and 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

These guys turned up at the Pavilion on Saturday 10th August - what lovely people and they are so enthusiastic.  Well done to Dave, Jem, Gracie, Evan and Irys.  It can't be easy all squeezed into a Morris Traveller Campervan for months on end.

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Round the World on a Tenner a Day