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40 The Post • NCI Prawle Point


Lottery funded Visitor Centre. There are displays covering local wildlife and flora, maritime activity, history (including the many shipwrecks of the Devon coast). There is also a telescope for public use and a monitor with a copy of the lookout radar screen as well as an on-line touch screen information kiosk with local vessel identification, weather and other pages. The Centre is open every day when the lookout is manned - 9am to 5pm and 9am to 8pm in the summer months. Visitors are welcome to come into the lookout and talk to the watchkeepers and see how they work. In addition to incidents at sea, the watchkeepers keep a lookout for potential emergencies involving the many walkers who use the South West Coast Path which passes close to the Station.


Looking out for mariners


and walkers If you go to sea within the area covered by the watchstation, you have the reassurance that, if they can identify you, your vessel will be logged. Help boost your safety by having your boat name clearly readable – and for a sailing vessel have a sail number showing. You are welcome to talk to a watchkeeper on


VHF channel 65 or by phone on 01548 511259 at any time whilst the station is manned. He or she can give you the current weather at Prawle Point – and, if you missed them, they will have the current Inshore Waters Forecast, gale and strong wind warnings available on request. You cannot contact the lookout by email. Should you have a problem as a walker and


Become a Watchkeeper Each watch lasts four hours. No prior experience is necessary. Training entails three half day classroom sessions covering background and theory plus around ten supervised watches with qualified watchkeepers. All watchkeepers are also trained for the Short Range VHF Radio Certificate. With over sixty active qualified watchkeepers, ideally everyone would carry out an average of two watches a month throughout the year PLUS one additional watch per month in the summer. This means that the station’s ‘watchkeeping target’ is about 25 watches a year for each watchkeeper. There is a monthly station meeting of around two hours where you can meet other watchkeepers. Meetings include a short session on station business followed by either a talk from a guest speaker or a training refresher session. If you would like to find out more about being a Watchkeeper at Prawle Point or to register for their next training course, then visit the website.


require assistance you can also contact the lookout on 01548 511259. As of March 2017 there is NO mobile phone coverage along the whole stretch of coast path from Limebury Point to Start Point. If you don’t have mobile coverage, consider sending one of your party up to the lookout. Either way they can notify and liaise with the appropriate emergency services. The website carries


up to date weather and tide information.


www.nci-prawlepoint.org.uk VHF Channel 65 – call sign Prawle Point NCI Telephone: 01548 511259 email: prawle.point@nci.org.uk


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