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. During the 2018-2019 school term we had the DofE participants working towards their bronze and silver awards and which have now been successfully completed. For the 2019-2020 school term we already have one DofE volunteering participant confirmed and working towards their Silver award, and in the coming weeks we hope to welcome other DofE volunteers to the team.
Coastwatch welcome any young people of school age who are planning to undertake the Duke of Edinburgh programme during the 2019-2020 session and looking for volunteering opportunities.
All Coastwatch members have current PVG certification.
Coastwatch welcomes volunteers of all ages. Young adults can become Coastwatch members from the age of 16. We currently have members as young as 18.
Irvine Coastwatch are looking for volunteers to help us keep the Irvine coastline safe. Coastwatch is run entirely by volunteers who have an interest in, and concern for, the safety of life at sea and on the coast. Our volunteers give up a few hours each week maintaining a visual watch on coastal waters and beaches, harbours and keeping a listening watch on the international distress frequency (channel 16 VHF) in support of search and rescue operations. Basic first aid is also taught and our First Aid room is well stocked to be able to deal with minor injuries
Our Volunteers man the Watch Room, patrol the Beaches and Harbourside and this keeps the area secure. They are trained to administer First Aid, give advice on safety on or near water, tides, currents, navigation in and out of Irvine Harbour and watch over wildlife.
We organise visits to various emergency services - Police, Ambulance, Fire Service, HMCG, RNLI. We also arrange visits and presentations from other organisations and give presentations on our group to many groups in the Ayrshire area.
Volunteers provide a vital link with all the emergency services and can provide an emergency contact point on land for both sea and shore users
Volunteers can be trained in Radio, Diesel Engines, Powerboat level 1 and 2, Safety Boat and Radar qualifications to RYA standards. Training can be carried out in-house and followed up by formal training at an RYA training centre. A qualifying period of Coastwatch membership will be required for this type of training. In-house training is subject to the availability of suitably qualified members.
Or contact us by phone, by email or just pop into our office. The office is open every day and our volunteers will be more than happy to chat with you.
for Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme Information - see below
Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme