2017 Annual General Meeting

The 41st Annual General Meeting of the Coastguard Association was held in the Parisienne Hotel, Blackpool on Saturday 18th March. Apart from your Committee and Trustees, 7 members attended representing mainly the South, SouthEast and East coasts branches.

The meeting had a full Agenda and it was generally agreed that 2016 had been the busiest year thus far for the Coastguard Association. There was lots of positive news both from the committee and from the members.  More assistance had been provided during 2016 overall than ever before.

On completion the group was welcomed at the Fleetwood Nautical Campus by Fleetwood Coastguard Station Officer Mark Sumner and DSO Rob Bennett, who both deliver training courses at the Campus.

Mark Sumner explaining the variety of training completed in the pool simulator…

Including the Helicopter Underwater Escape simulator

More affectionately known as the ‘Dunker!’

After the Pool simulator, we were taken to the Extensive Ship Navigation Simulator

Where some of us were allowed to show off our skills…or not as the case may be!

Hong Kong looked impressive as 3 tugs met us and escorted us to our berth…

Close Quarters manoeuvring was called for on occasion…

Then we were buzzed by all manner of SAR helicopters, many from bye-gone days…

Finally, we were given the helm of a 40 knot, 14M fast patrol jet launch and some of us did good…others, well let’s say the simulator crashed as well! The flexibility of this simulator is simply astounding. Tony, the simulator technician, was able to create a wide range of lifelike scenario’s designed to test the navigational expertise of mariners at any level, all in the safety of a bridge simulator.

The final visit was to the Engine Rom simulator, complete with electrical switch gear panel simulation. This very impressive piece of kit allows instructors to simulate slow time failures of any part of the ships propulsion and support systems, needing a very watchful engineering eye to keep it all up and running!

Fleetwood Nautical Campus is undoubtedly extremely well equipped to provide a diverse range of training to nautical students from around the world and we thank you for allowing us a brief insight to the courses that you deliver. Our special thanks goes to Mark Sumner for hosting a fabulous visit and for his patience in answering our never-ending stream of questions. Our thanks also to Rob Bennett, DSO who assisted Mark and to Tony Dunkiert the Simulator Technician, who obviously has one of the best jobs at the Campus!


To download the 2017 CGA minutes click the link below:

CGA 2017 AGM Minutes







The Coastguard Association 2017 Diary & Almanac!

CGA Diary 2017

The CGA will be sending them out direct to Central Branch Members free of charge in the next few weeks.

If you are not a central branch member (i.e. you do not pay subs of £12.50 per year) then they will cost £5.00 each (which includes the cost of post and packing)

Please send your name and address together with cheques or postal orders made payable to the Coastguard Association to:-

The Coastguard Association Diary

8 Kinver Terrace
The Esplanade
Burnham on Sea


Just Giving Page

We are delighted to announce that the Coastguard Association now has it’s very own presence on the Just Giving Website, which means that you can easily start fundraising for us online by:

  • Organising your own event in aid of the CGA – a fun run or coffee morning, or perhaps a sponsored kayak
  • Setting yourself a Personal Challenge in aid of the CGA – maybe your first 10k run, perhaps a sponsored swim or even a sponsored weight loss!
  • Want to make your 10th year anniversary with the coastguard? – then why not set up a special occasion fundraising event… perfect for birthdays too!
  • Or you can create a page to raise support or in memory of someone close to your heart…

It is really easy to do – just follow this link for more details: Virgin Just Giving for the Coastguard.

Just Giving with Virgin
Just Giving with Virgin

Did you know you can also use this web site to:

  • Make a donation to the Coastguard Association or
  • Make a monthly donation

Please share this exciting news by clicking the share links below or sharing the web address: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/charities/coastguardassociation  … we can’t wait to share with you details of the first planned fundraising event – do drop us an email to pr@coastguardassociation.org.uk if you would like to share your story or get others to donate to donate to your great cause!

Create your own Fundraising event for the Coastguard Association



Thank you

Thank you to Ross-shire and Suntherland District Coastguard Association for their recent donation.


A big thank you to all the long-serving volunteers who have been involved in the Roos-shire and Sutherland branch of the CGA and a delightful welcome to the newly elected officers and we look forward to working with you all in future.



Congratulations to our Vice Chairman

Congratulations to Terry Bearpark, the vice-chairman of the Coastguard Association, who was presented with his 40 year bar by MCA CEO Sir Alan Massey Thursday 12th November.


The presentation took place at Dunedin Country House in Patrington, East Yorkshire and was attended by members of   Withernsea Coastguard, Mike Bill and Fran Wilkins of Humber Coastguard and Stuart Arundel (CGA Chair), Alan Fisher (CGA Treasurer) and Paul Davig (CGA Almoner).

Terry started as an  Auxiliary Coastguard at Humber MRSC when it was based at Kilnsea, he then moved to Spurn Point in 1975 as a channel 16 radio operator.  In the 80s in transferred to Withernsea CG after Humber CG moved to Bridlington.

 Terry was also awarded Chief Coastguard’s Commendation in the early 90s.

 Terry is a founder member of Humber Coastguard Association which started about 40 years ago and has been their Chairman for many years,  we are also delighted to say that he is a founder member of the National Coastguard Association too, and has given us around 40 years of service too – as in 2016 we celebrate 40 years of the CGA.

During his time in service Terry has been involved in numerous rescues and searches.

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Photos kindly provided by: Peter Harbour