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The National Coastwatch Institution (NCI) is an entirely voluntary organisation keeping a visual watch along UK shores.

Each station assists in the protection and preservation of life at sea and around the UK coastline.

Currently 50 NCI stations are operational and manned by over 2000 volunteers keeping watch around the British Isles from Rossall Point in the North West, through Wales, to Wearside in the North East.

Whilst high technology and sophisticated systems are aids to improved safety, a computer cannot spot a distress flare, an overturned boat or a yachtsman or fisherman in trouble.

Other vulnerable activities like diving, wind surfing and canoeing are made safer with visual surveillance.

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.Over 246,000 hours of organised coastal surveillance were completed in 2016 alone, all at no cost to the public.

Funding is managed by a Board of Trustees with a constitution agreed by the Charity Commission and relies heavily on local support

For Further Statistics,and incidents reported by The NCI , Please Click Here

The NCI Penzance station was opened in 2002 and we now maintains a visual and listening watch on maritime users in Mounts Bay, 365 days a year.

Our station is run by a team of dedicated volunteers, providing a service to all who use our coastal waters, footpaths and coastline.

What we do

NCI Penzance has Declared Facility Status,

which means we are recognised as part of the official UK Search and Rescue system.

Our watchkeepers maintain radio, and visual watches during daylight hours, all year round.

If an incident is observed, we report to HM Coastguard and coordinate with the rescue services.

The station is also on standby to be manned outside normal hours when there is an emergency in the vicinity.


NCI Penzance has been awarded the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service, June 2010 












NCI Penzance

Contact Details

National Coastwatch Penzance
Chayndour Barracks
Chayndour Cliff
TR18 3LH
United Kingdom

Telephone: 01736 367063
Radio: Marine VHF Channel 65 During Watch Hours
Email: Station Email
Weather and Sea State are broadcast on Ch 65 at 0930, 1430 hours daily.

Station Watch Hours
During the winter months the Station is open from 08:00 - 16:00
During the summer months the Station is open from 08:00 - 17:00
Where Watchkeeping availability permits weekend watches during Summer are extended to 17:00 - 20:00.


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