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 – contact Coastguard on VHF Channel 16

Welcome to Coastwatch Tay Coastal Surveillance Unit

Coastwatch Tay unit 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, Tayport, Tentsmuir and Monifieth. We also monitor the international distress channel VHF Channel 16 in support of search & rescue operations.

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, lifeguards and coastguards 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 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. 


Coastwatch Tay volunteers undergo training 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. 


Would You Like to Join our Unit?

Coastwatch Tay are on the lookout for those who have maritime skills and none and would like to join us in order to learn new skills or pass their skills to the younger generation.  Membership is open to those over 16yrs of age and no previous experience is required as all necessary training is provided.

If you think you might be interested and have some spare time to give in service to your community and would like to find out more, please either complete our on line enquiry form or the Coastwatch Tay unit membership application form and we will contact you by return. 

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.

             Coastwatch Tay public safety signs                                        Coastwatch Tay Unit base at Broughty Ferry, Dundee

Pictured above and below is the Broughty Ferry Blue flag beach



Coastwatch Tay is an active partner in the UK Governments National Counter Terrorism strategy, 'Project Kraken' in the Police Scotland Tayside division. Please watch the You Tube video above for more information.


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Disclaimer Notice 9th November 2009 - Coastwatch Tay is an autonomous organisation and although affiliated with the Coastwatch Scotland network 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 part of the National Coastwatch Institution or Sea Safety Group which currently does not operate stations in Scotland.
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