Sea Awareness Training
Thanks once again to Bryn, the skipper of the yacht 'Rebecca', who, together with his mate Barry, has started a new season of sea awareness training for members of Exmouth Coastwatch. The aim is to give them the opportunity to take a look at the coastline from the sea instead of vice versa from the Tower and to appreciate how seafarers navigate the approaches to Exmouth and the surrounding area.
This is Exmouth Coastwatch
Exmouth Coastwatch is one of the 50-strong network of National Coastwatch Institution (NCI) lookout stations around the UK’s coasts. We work with the Coastguard and the RNLI by keeping watch over the estuary and the beach 7 days a week in summer and every Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday in winter.NCI stations form a national volunteer service which keeps a visual watch for people on the water and the beach who may get into difficulties.
At Exmouth, the sea approaches to the estuary can be dangerous in strong onshore winds and swell, as can the strong tidal and river streams inside the estuary mouth.
These present unique hazards to the variety of small boats, personal watercraft and bathers who make use of this marvellous leisure facility.
We are all volunteers. Being a watchkeeper is a responsible community role, but it’s also sociable and enjoyable. From the tower – above the Harbour View Café on Queen’s Drive – we have the best view of the lower Exe estuary!
On a very challenging day weatherwise Exmouth NCI held an ‘OPEN DAY’ at Coastwatch House last weekend, with support from our colleagues in Exmouth RNLI. Exmouth NCI and Exmouth RNLI working together with one aim - keeping everyone safe on and in the water.
..........while the NCI watchkeepers showed vistors the setup in Coastwatch House, which replicates that in the Tower as far as information/notices is concerned. Visitors appreciated being able to use the various telescopes both inside and out, particularly the one with the spectacular zoom facility.
A big thank you to all our watchkeepers and to our visitors who generously donated over £160 to Exmouth NCI.