If you’re visiting the coast and see someone in trouble, call 999 or 112 and ask for the 'Coastguard'

If you are on board your boat use your radio to call Coastguard on VHF Channel 16

Welcome to Coastwatch Tay Coastal Safety & Surveillance Organisation

Coastwatch Tay was established in 2008 as a non-governmental coastal safety & monitoring organisation operating from our base in Broughty Ferry, Dundee on the North East coast of Scotland.

Coastwatch Tay is a small team of uniformed volunteers who have an interest in, and concern for, the safety of life at sea and on the coast. Our volunteers give up a few hours a week to keep visual watch over activities on the Tay estuary including beaches, harbours and wildlife at Broughty Ferry, Dundee and Monifieth. We also monitor the international distress channel VHF Channel 16 in support of search & rescue operations. 

Why do we need volunteer Coastwatch?

Those who are concerned with safety along our coast are constantly aware of the need for good communications and reliable information. The most highly trained lifeboat crews, coastguard rescue officers, lifeguards, fire & rescue teams and expensive equipment are of little use if incidents are heard about too late, if the information is garbled, embellished or plain wrong. Yet it is generally true, and especially so of maritime incidents that it is almost always a member of the public who is the first to be aware that something is wrong. So any means of relaying facts from the victim, witnesses, or first informant to the rescue services accurately and reliably must be welcomed.


It must be remembered that it is the Maritime Coastguard Agency (MCA) that has the statutory responsibility for the coordination of Marine Search & Rescue on and around the coastline of the UK (Coastguard Act 1925, re-affirmed by the Secretary of State for Transport 1992). 

Coastwatch Tay is NOT a rescue organisation, our role is to Spot, Plot, Report & Update. If we spot a potential incident or safety issue we will plot the exact location and report accurate information to the relevant emergency services primarily Maritime Coastguard Agency, UK Border Force, Police Scotland Ports Unit or local authorities. 



Left - Offsite observation training at Berwick Coastwatch station / Right - AED equipment held at our base in Dundee

Would You Like to Join Us?

Coastwatch Tay are on the lookout for those who would like to join us in order serve in their community by learning new skills or pass their knowledge to the younger generation. Coastwatch Tay volunteers undergo internal and internationally recognised training such as RYA First Aid, RYA Marine Radio Short Range Certificate (SRC), RYA Essential Navigation & Seamanship course, etc and give their time in order to help the lifesaving services, we provide an extra set of eyes and ears along the coast keeping watch for any incidents where life or property may be in danger.  

Applicants must be 16 years of age or older due to insurance requirements. No previous experience is required as all necessary training is provided.


The first step in becoming a volunteer is to become a member of Coastwatch Tay. Like other volunteer based organisations of this type, volunteer positions are awarded to those who maintain an annual membership. 

If you think you might be interested and have some spare time to give in service to your community or would like to find out more before you make your decision, please either complete our online contact form or download the Coastwatch Tay membership application form and we will contact you by return. Upon receipt of your membership application, you will be contacted to arrange attendance to an orientation session.

If you think that our work is worthwhile and you would like to make a donation to help us continue our volunteer community services, please consider making a donation. Please send a cheque made payable to 'Coastwatch Scotland (Alba)'. Your support would be gratefully appreciated. 

We look forward to hearing from you.

Pictured above is the Broughty Ferry Blue flag award beach


Broughty Ferry RNLI tow a stricken yacht into Broughty Ferry harbour


Coastwatch Tay is an active partner in the UK Governments National Counter Terrorism strategy, 'Project Kraken' in the Police Scotland Tayside division.


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Disclaimer Notice - Coastwatch Tay Coastal Safety & Surveillance Organisation is an autonomous organisation and we accept no responsibility or liability for the actions, business transactions or associated services of any similarly named organisation using the name ‘Coastwatch’ or ‘Coastwatch Scotland’. Please also note that we are NOT currently part of the National Coastwatch Institution or Sea Safety Group.
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