10th December 2020.A Training officer who provides the radio training for the Exmouth National Coastwatch Institution volunteers has been recognised for his service.

To qualify as a watchkeeper with NCI Exmouth, each volunteer has to take and achieve the Royal Yachting Association (RYA) VHF SRC (Short Range Certificate) before they are permitted stand a watch. Alan Campbell provides training for this exam, along with refresher training, for all Exmouth watchkeepers. Alan has recently been awarded his five-year service badge for his voluntary services.

Julia Agar was been presented with her RYA VHF SRC certificate by station manager Ivor Jones and has now qualified as a watchkeeper. A spokesperson for NCI Exmouth said: “Congratulations to Julia – it was an excellent achievement through these challenging times for training”. Chris Wakefield and Iain Sherring have also qualified and now join the team of more than 60 volunteers.

NCI .Exmouth NCI Coastwatch is on duty seven days a week 9.30am to 4pm. For more information, visit

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Currently 56 NCI stations are operational and manned by over 2600 volunteers keeping watch around the British Isles from Fleetwood in the North West, through Wales, to the South and East of England to Hornsea in the East Riding of Yorkshire. 

NCI watchkeepers provide the eyes and ears along the coast, monitoring radio channels and providing a listening watch in poor visibility. They are trained to deal with emergencies offering a variety of skills and experience, and full training by the NCI ensures that high standards are met.








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