National Coastwatch Institute, St Ives

NCI Coastwatch St Ives station

Point of contact: Helen Simpson
T: 01736 740129

The St Ives Station was opened in 1999. After only two years we gained the award of Declared Facility Status and are now part of the UK search and rescue service. Over forty fully trained, volunteer watchkeepers, from all walks of life, operate the Station during normal working hours, while an emergency team is on standby, 24 hours every day.


Watchkeepers monitor coastal activity, aided by the use of expensive equipment. Radar, radio and AIS all help in preventing and reacting to any potential emergency.

However, there is no substitution for watchful eyes which can spot a distress flare, an overturned boat, a coastal sports person or holiday maker waving arms to attract attention. The cost of running the St Ives NCI Station is met solely by public donation. Your gift will be appreciated by those in difficulty on the sea or coast.

Watchkeepers come from all walks of life. If you are interested in joining our team and have good eyesight and hearing, please call at the Station during normal watch hours or contact the Station Manager on the telephone number above.