All Coastwatch members have current PVG certification.  

Coastwatch welcomes volunteers of all ages. 

Young adults can become Coastwatch members from the age of 16. 

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, Powerboat level 1 and 2 and Safety Boat 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.

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.

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.