Telephone us: 01294 271855



No prior experience is necessary to be a Volunteer with Coastwatch.  Members have very different backgrounds and levels of knowledge, so whatever training you need to become a valued member it will be geared to your experience (or lack of it). Instruction is available in any area of Coastwatch's remit, be it watchkeeper or shopkeeper, or you may simply just want to volunteer to help.  If you are an electrician, plumber, roofer, painter or mechanic you can help us too.  If you have promotional or artistic skills, are a web designer, are an accountant -  we would love to hear from you.


We offer training sessions; for example, how to use a radio, map reading or first aid certification. There is a wide variety of training available, all arranged for you by our Training Officer.   Nothing is compulsory.     


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 was held on Wednesday 1st January 2020. 

Kaye Johnstone

Station Manager


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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

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.   For more information see our First Aid page

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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

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Telephone us: 01294 271855

If you find a mammal on the beach which you think is in danger, is in difficulty, or you believe is dead, please contact the Coastwatch office at the Beach Pavilion, or contact the BDMLR.  


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

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Our Station Manager and one of our Watchkeepers, out on the river Irvine on a cold, dreich January morning


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


Coastwatch in Irvine provide eyes and ears along the coast, monitoring radio channels and providing a listening watch in poor visibility. 


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Coastwatch Scotland, Irvine

Volunteers required - contact us for more information

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