Cumulus crew member Peter gives an insight into his Coastwatch role

Cumulus Crew member, Peter is part of the Coastwatch team

One of the Cumulus crew has been involved in some other outside activities recently. Peter Boyce is a member of the National Coastwatch Institution (NCI) – and is a qualified Watchkeeper at St Albans (or St Aldhelm’s ) Head near Worth Matravers. As he puts it “not a bad spot to spend a few hours”. Incidents the Coastwatch assists with aren’t just those at sea, with frequent problems occurring along the busy South West Coast Path which passes right by the Lookout.

A good knowledge of First Aid is essential so Peter has recently completed a First Aid Training course approved by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA). As he is also sometimes called on to help out with Cumulus activities in the busy season, this knowledge is very relevant.

VHF radio is the main means of communication with those at sea or along the coast. Our Coasteering instructors, for example, always have VHF radios at Dancing Ledge in case of need. A good knowledge of channels, protocols and emergency calls is also very important. The Coastwatch Station is 320ft above sea level which means that the Coastwatch team can often get through on VHF when others can’t. Peter has also attended training with the Royal Yachting Association (RYA) course on VHF radio.

By the way, if you’re walking along the coast path, do call in to the Lookout at the Head – you’d be very welcome!

coastwatch look out point