1. What the Coastguard Rescue Service does

The Coastguard Rescue Service is made up of volunteers and is part of HM Coastguard.

Find your nearest coastguard station on a map (PDF, 2.8MB).

As a coastguard rescue officer you may have to:

  • help rescue people trapped on the coast, eg on cliffs, stuck in mud or in the water
  • search for missing people
  • report and deal with pollution and other hazards
  • help emergency services and local authorities during emergencies, eg flooding
  • gather information for the coastguard operations centre
  • go to schools, clubs and other public places to tell people about staying safe at sea and along the coast
  • carry out duties for the Receiver of Wreck, eg dealing with wreckage or dead whales and dolphins on the shoreline