Interested in becoming a watchkeepeer?
Here are the main things you need to know:
1. We watch the Bay seven days a week, every day of the year. A watch typically lasts for two or three hours. And we like to have two people on each watch.
2. Once you’re up to speed, we’ll expect you to do on average at least two watches each month. Many of our watchkeepers like to do more.
3. No previous experience is necessary, just enthusiasm. We’ll train you on everything you need to know.
4. We’ll cover all the essential skills that you’ll need to be a watchkeeper in a series of short classes. Once you’ve done that you’ll get ‘hands-on’ experience by taking part in watches, supported and coached by one of our trainers..
5. You’ll also get trained and licensed to use a short-range VHF radio – unless you already hold a licence.
Find a lot more details on what the training includes further down this page.
Why don’t you pop along to our watchtower during opening hours and have a chat with our watchkeepers. They’ll be happy to talk about what’s involved and show you the gizmos we have to help us.
If you have any other questions, please email us and our Membership Secretary will get back to you.
If you wish to join us, please fill in and return this Membership Application Form.
Once you have arranged to come along to a watch, that first session is very much a ‘taster’, for you to decide if watchkeeping is for you.
The training – more details
Here’s some of the things you’ll learn. They’re all in our training manual, and you’ll get a copy of that:
Once you’ve qualified, we’ll still be around to help you gain further experience and offer any support you might want. Our attitude is that we’re all learning new things all of the time, so never be afraid to ask any of us a question if one comes up.