Why ?

If you decide to become a watchkeeper, you will be an important part of the national Search and Rescue (SAR) organisation and a vital link in the security of our coastline through contact with HM Coastguard, Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI), Police and UK Border Force (UKBF). You will be joining a dedicated team of volunteers who will be delighted to welcome you.

There is close collaboration with HM Coastguard, and we possess what is termed ‘Declared Facility Status’, which means that Exmouth NCI is treated as a bona fide search and rescue resource, qualified to assist HM Coastguard as required.

When you volunteer to become a watchkeeper of NCI, you will be invited to an initial meeting at the Lookout with our Recruitment Officer, followed by an induction watch.  Should you wish to continue, you will become a “Watchkeeper Under Training”.  You will then begin working through the training checklist with the goal of becoming a fully certified Watchkeeper. You will conduct your training whilst on watch under the guidance of senior and experienced NCI Trainers and Members.

RYA VHF radio training is mandatory for all watchkeepers which is undertaken through Exmouth NCI.




How ?

NCI accepts applications to become a fully qualified watchkeeper from anyone over the age of 18. No previous experience is required as full training is provided.

If you are interested in joining us, please contact our Recruitment Officer by email on  You will then be contacted to arrange a meeting to discuss your application, discuss what we do and to view the Lookout.

All visitors are welcome to the Lookout, restrictions permitting. If our flag is flying from the Lookout, we are on duty.