There are no prerequisites for those who would like to take an active role on the rescue vessel, as we will provide you with the necessary training and supervision to help you achieve the required level of competency.
There are many ways that you can contribute and share in the benefits of being a Coast Watch member.
Some of these are:
- being a skipper or crew member on board our rescue vessel
- operating the radio at our headquarters during operations
- sharing your skills by providing training and education to fellow members
- undertaking administrative roles that help keep the organisation running smoothly
- assisting with the cleaning and maintenance of our boat, tow vehicle and headquarters
- helping with publicity and fundraising events
There are no prerequisites for those who would like to take an active role on the rescue vessel, as we will provide you with the necessary training and supervision to help you achieve the required level of competency. However the more knowledge and experience that you start with, the easier it will be to develop these skills. Given the physical demands and harsh conditions that may be experienced during rescues at sea, you should also consider your physical capabilities and any medical limitations that could restrict your performance in this role, or expose yourself and others to unnecessary risks.
Coast Watch will provide the necessary personal protective clothing and equipment needed for your role and teach you how to use it. We also have personal and public liability insurance that covers our members while they are engaged in duties on behalf of Coast Watch.
If you would prefer to help out in another way, there are many options available such as, operating the radio at headquarters, administration tasks, equipment checks and maintenance, fundraising etc. Your contribution will always be welcomed and appreciated.Members meet on the third Tuesday of each month at our headquarters in Ocean Grove to discuss matters that affect our group. Visitors or potential members are welcome to come along just prior to these meetings to have a look at our setup and talk to members. If you are interested in attending please contact us to arrange a visit.
Training sessions are conducted regularly to help us develop and maintain our knowledge and skills. This training covers basic subjects such as first aid & emergency response, marine navigation, radio operation and marine rescue techniques and may take the form of classroom activities and/or practical sessions on the water. More specialised training such as coxswain certificate courses are arranged through external providers.
While we now receive some funding from the Victorian Government, this does not cover all of our operating costs, so members pay a small annual fee to help with our expenses. These fees are due in November each year.
If you are interested in becoming a Coast Watch member please complete this Application Form and send it to us. We will contact you to arrange a meeting.