3rd December 2018. One of the National Coastwatch Institutions newest stations has passed an important milestone in only nine short months.

When NCI Hengistbury Head first opened for business in March 2018 there were only five qualified Watchkeepers and four trainees, supported by a number of watchkeepers ‘on loan’ from neighbouring stations. This enabled them to operate two days a week from a temporary home in a shared seafront beach office. By 10th August this year, when the newly refurbished Lookout opened on the top of Hengistbury Head, the team had grown to sixteen homegrown qualified Watchkeepers, supported by four on loan Watchkeepers and 28 trainees, allowing the station to open three days per week. Now, less than four months later, Hengistbury Head has tipped the balance by having more qualified watchkeepers than trainees. The Station is NOW operational 6 days a week with 38 qualified Watchkeepers and 34 trainees. As a result, from 7th January 2019 NCI Hengistbury Head will be operational seven day a week

 Hengistbury Head have already come a long way in a short period of time and 1st December saw 16 Watchkeepers and trainees undertake a VHF radio course with another NCI training course taking place early in January for the latest influx of volunteers.  It has been an exciting and successful year for NCI Hengistbury Head and everyone involved with the Station is looking forward to building on those successes and adding to the list of achievements throughout 2019.

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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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