Our Skegness building is located adjacent to the Boardwalk, in the Derbyshire Miners Convalescent Grounds. It offers us a panoramic view of the shoreline, from Skegness Pier to the South and northwards towards Jackson’s Corner; an overall distance of approximately 10 miles. Our beach becomes very busy in summer, making our job vital.

We keep visual observation of the beach and sea, watching out for any vessels or sea and beach users in difficulties or heading for danger.We also monitor radio channels, use radar and provide a listening watch in poor visibility.

We are trained to act in an emergency and to call and coordinate with the specialist search and rescue services (RNLI lifeboats and the Maritime and Coastguard Agency). We provide an emergency contact point on land for both sea and shore users.

Preventative measures are important and logs of all water based activities are maintained by each watch. Weather conditions are monitored and the information available for those who wish to know whether the conditions are right to go out on the water.

To find out more about our services please read our About Us page

To seaward we have the newly raised Lynn Wind Farm. with its 60 wind turbines. Our”Spot and Plot then Report” talents are in high demand. We monitor all the vessels that ply through the wind farm whether it is a service vessel or the large floating hotel that they have out by the construction.

Thankfully, we have at hand the RNLI at Skegness with a Mersey Class all-weather lifeboat ‘Lincolnshire Poacher’ and a D Class ILB ‘Leicester Fox II’ which are often called upon, as well as a new D-class RNLI inshore lifeboat ‘William Hadley’ at Mablethorpe, plus resident HM Coastguard Mobile teams at Skegness, Chapel St Leonard’s and Mablethorpe.

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Any Coastwatch station is run solely by volunteers trained to exacting NCI standards, including observation techniques, chart and compass bearings, safety and distress signal recognition and procedures, radio and Radar operations and much more, and normally operates as a two manned watch sometimes with a trainee. New volunteers are always very welcome. You can find out more details on our Volunteer page and you can contact us to find out more information or to apply to become a volunteer by calling us on 01754 610900 or via our online Contact Form.

Operating Hours

Summer – 9.30am-5.30pm
(Starts 1st Day of British Summer Time)
Winter  – 10.00am-4pm


Winthorpe Avenue,
Skegness, Lincs
PE25 1QY
Tel: 01754 610884

Station Location

53° 10.21′ North  000° 21.02′ East

Ordnance Survey Grid Ref:



Marine Channel 65 (for vessel to station only)
Call sign “SKEGNESS NCI”



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