Welcome to the Coastguard Association

2016/17 saw many changes in UK Search & Rescue, from the closing of bases & stations, to the transfer of numerous responsibilities to the National Maritime Operations Centre (NMOC), including those of the Aeronautical Rescue Coordination Centre (ARCC).

2018 has seen those changes continue, with the addition of the Satellite Mission Control hub to the NMOC and with many changes to Coastguard Rescue Service equipment and protocols.

2019 saw an Alerting upgrade from pagers to SmartPhones for many Coastguard Rescue Officers together with a Coast Rescue Service review.

National Maritime Operations Centre

2020 promises just as many changes, with numerous staff and organisational changes and a healthy organisational reflection on capability.

The Coastguard Association will never forget that new buildings, technology and machines are nothing without the men and women that operate them, either remaining in service today within what was termed ‘Future Coastguard’ or now watching from the sidelines having contributed so much over the years.

The Coastguard Association are delighted to welcome you to our website and hope that you can help us, help those who now have need of our support.

Join us today so we can help you tomorrow…









The December issue of Coastline Magazine – the official digital publication of the Coastguard Association is OUT NOW and available to view at: Coastline Magazine – Issue 4. 

Inside this edition you’ll find:

  • News from around the coast
  • Focus on COP26 – the largest peacetime mobilisation of Coastguard resources in its 200 year history.
  • Interview with Peter Stewart – COP26 Silver Commander and Lead Planner.
  • Team spotlight – Bude Coastguard Rescue Team
  • Remembrance Sunday
  • CGA Virtual 5K
  • Outdoor kit reviews of Keela Belay Pro Jacket and Sealskinz waterproof gloves
  • Reflection with Chaplain Tom
  • From the Ops Room with Dawn Petrie
  • And much, much more….

Thank you to everyone for their continued support.


Coastguard Association 200th Anniversary Calendar

The Coastguard Association 2022 calendar commemorating the 200th anniversary of HM Coastguard and produced in partnership with the MCA is now available.

All profits will be going directly to the Coastguard Association to support Coastguard personnel and their dependents in their time of need.

The calendar includes information about the Coastguard Association, the history of HM Coastguard and high quality images showcasing coastguard operations both past and present.

Calendars can be ordered from the following link with payment accepted via BACS or via postage: https://forms.office.com/r/sM1ugjXQ9k



We are delighted to release the third edition of Coastline Magazine – the official digital publication of the Coastguard Association – available to read now at: Coastline Magazine – Issue 3.

Inside this edition you’ll find:

  • News from around the Coast
  • A day in the life of….two recently recruited Coastguard Rescue Officers
  • Team spotlight on Hillhead Coastguard Rescue Team
  • Four pages of fundraising news
  • Charity support case study
  • Wedding special Cuppa with Claire
  • Outdoor kit reviews and your chance to win a PETZL Swift RL Pro head torch
  • Reflection with Chaplain Tom
  • And much, much more…

Thank you to everyone for their continued support.



The second edition of Coastline Magazine – the official digital publication of the Coastguard Association is now available to download here: Coastline Magazine – Issue 2

Inside this issue you’ll find:

• News from around the coast
• A day in the life of Murdo Macaulay – COAC and L&MPS implementation lead
• Team spotlight on Newbiggin CRT
• Paddleboard and open water swimming safety
• Outdoor equipment reviews with your chance to win PETZL Belay Gloves and 30% discount on Magnum Boots
• From The Ops Room
• Reflection with Chaplain Tom
• And much much more……

Thanks to everyone for their continued support.


The Coastguard Association’s 44th Annual General Meeting is taking place on Saturday 27th March 2021 starting at 10am.

Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 AGM which was all set to take place in Swansea had to be cancelled.

This year, we are delighted the 2021 AGM can take place, thanks to modern technology. Like the rest of the world, the Coastguard Association has embraced the virtual world with the AGM taking place via Zoom.

The agenda will include an update from all the committee members on their respective areas of responsibilities as well as discussions on forthcoming events, fundraising plans and the 200th anniversary of HM Coastguard.

This will be the first time in Coastguard Association history the AGM has been hosted virtually and it is hoped this will provide increased attendance and a great opportunity for members from around the country to come together, something which is not always logistically possible.

The virtual AGM is limited to 100 places due to the restrictions of Zoom but if you wish to attend as a member please e-mail the National Secretary at: secretary@coastguardassociation.org.uk

Here’s to an exciting and historic AGM and we look forward to seeing you – albeit virtually.