COASTWATCH SCOTLAND

Irvine Unit

Telephone: 01294 271855

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EYES AND EARS ALONG THE COAST FOR YOUR SAFETY 

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Telephone us: 01294 271855

About

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

Whilst high technology and sophisticated systems are aids to improved safety, a computer cannot spot a distress flare, an overturned boat or a yachtsman, swimmer or fisherman in trouble.  Our volunteers man the Control Room, patrol the beach, Harbourside and the Beach Park. 

Get Involved

No prior experience is necessary to become a Watchkeeper. A Training Check List that you will be issued with has been designed to ensure that you reach the required standard. You will be guided through the training process until you become  a fully certified Watchkeeper.     Members have very different backgrounds and levels of previous knowledge so training will be geared to your own experience (or lack of it). Overall, your instruction will be organised by the Head of Unit and there will also be unit training sessions arranged by our Training Officer.

Aims

Coastwatch in Irvine provide eyes and ears along the coast, monitoring radio channels and providing a listening watch in poor visibility. We are trained to deal with a range of incidents and offer a variety of skills and experience. On-going training ensures that the required standards are maintained.  

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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?

Projects

We always have various projects  underway.

Keep an eye on our our "Projects" page - if you see something that you might be interested in, please get in touch

Polar Plunge

Our annual POLAR PLUNGE was held on Tuesday 1st January 2019.  What an amazing day we had with over 200 participants and another 500 plus spectators. 

The Shoes Brothers (Father Willie and Reverend Neil) opened the Plunge under an awesome sun and showed our plungers by their own special dance before they all charged into the water.  

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Kaye Johnstone

Head of Irvine Unit

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Photo: Rebecca Sharp

JOIN US

 Photo: Elaine Nicol

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Photo: Audrey Gibson

Telephone us: 01294 271855

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But remember, in a coastal or beach emergency dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard.

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Training night in the Pavilion

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