You can get into this job through:
You may be able to work your way into this role by starting as a watch assistant and applying for promotion when you've got more experience.
You'll need literacy, numeracy and IT skills, as well as seagoing experience.
You could start by becoming a
coastguard rescue officer volunteer, then apply for a paid position when vacancies are advertised.
You can apply directly to employers if you have some of the relevant skills and knowledge needed for this role.
You'll need a good standard of literacy and numeracy, good hearing and eyesight to become a watch officer.
Employers will often ask for seagoing experience. You can get this from:
You can find out more about becoming a coastguard from the Maritime and Coastguard Agency and Civil Service Careers.
You'll need to:
You'll need to live within 30 minutes of the coastguard rescue location.
You must be prepared to work anywhere in the UK.
Your day-today duties may include:
You could work in an office or at sea.
Your working environment may be outdoors in all weathers.
You may need to wear a uniform.
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