Job type

Coastguard

£20k - £32k

Typical salary

41 – 43

Hours per week

Coastguards help prevent the loss of life at sea by supporting search and rescue operations.

More info

  • Help prevent the loss of life at sea by supporting search and rescue operations
  • If you're a coastguard rescue officer volunteer you could be called out at any time of the day or night
  • If you're a watch officer, you'll be outdoors in all weathers, on patrol or on rescue missions

DAY-TO-DAY DUTIES

  • Handle emergency distress calls
  • Monitor radio and satellite communications
  • Give information on safety at sea
  • Recommend safety procedures to skippers of small craft
  • Give weather reports
  • Coordinate operations
  • Supervise or assist in search and rescue operations


DAY-TO-DAY ENVIRONMENT

As a coastguard rescue officer volunteer you could be called out at any time of the day or night. As a watch officer, you'll be outdoors in all weathers, on patrol or on rescue missions. You must be prepared to work anywhere in the UK in all weathers. 

You'll need

Coastguards need knowledge of public safety and security, the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure and the ability to work well with others.

You'll usually join the coast guard service as a watch assistant, watch officer, or coastguard rescue officer volunteer.

You'll need literacy, numeracy, and IT skills to be a watch assistant.

You'll need literacy and numeracy, good hearing and eyesight, and seagoing experience to be a watch officer.

You'll need to be at least 18, have a full driving licence, live or work within 30 minutes of the rescue station and pass a medical and fitness test to be a coastguard rescue officer volunteer.

You can apply directly to employers if you have some of the relevant skills and knowledge needed for this role. You can get these skills from the Royal Navy, the Royal Air Force or the Merchant Navy, other activities involving boat work and navigation and experience as a coastguard rescue officer volunteer.

CAREER PROSPECTS

With experience, you could be promoted from coastguard watch assistant to watch officer, then to watch manager or section manager.