HM Coastguard is the national category 1 emergency service responsible for the initiation and co-ordination of all maritime search and rescue (SAR) within the UK Maritime Search and Rescue Region. This includes the mobilisation, organisation and tasking of adequate resources to respond to persons either in distress at sea, or to persons at risk of injury or death on the cliffs or shoreline of the United Kingdom. It is also responsible for all land-based search and rescue helicopter operations across the UK.

Every minute of every hour of every day, over 300 Coastguard Rescue Teams remain on call across the UK to respond to those in need at sea, along the coast and further afield. These teams are made up of specially trained Coastguard Rescue Officers who volunteer to join HM Coastguard, leaving their families, friends, full-time occupations and putting plans on hold when the pager sounds. Coastguard Rescue Teams are specially trained and equipped in a wide range of search and rescue disciplines including water and flood rescue, lost and missing person search, technical rope rescue, mud rescue, critical casualty care, 4×4 off road driving and much more.

The Coastguard Rescue Teams are tasked and coordinated by the highly trained full-time staff within the Maritime Rescue Coordination Centres across the UK who answer 999 calls, respond to mayday radio transmissions and bring these emergency incidents to a safe conclusion using the resources available to them including Coastguard Rescue Teams, full-time senior coastal officers, lifeboats (RNLI and independent) and search and rescue aircraft.

And while these dedicated people are helping save lives across the country, The Coastguard Association is the charity dedicated to help them in their time of need.


New Members Assistance Programme

The Coastguard Association is delighted to announce a new partnership with Telus Health as we launch our new Members Assistance Programme.

Now included as a standard membership benefit, the service provides a wide range of health and wellbeing resources for you and your immediate family including mental wellbeing, physical health, stress management, relationship issues and a number of other modern day life challenges.

But we didn’t want to just stop there. We also wanted to provide our members with some tangible benefits by providing discounted offers, cashback options and other exclusive opportunities to save some money, especially in the current climate of the recent cost of living crisis.

The Members Assistance Programme also offers a range of discounts from over 200 leading brands including Ninja kitchen appliances, Currys, the LEGO store, Adidas, Dell, TGI Friday, Halfords and many more.

The exclusive discounts cover all areas of life including home and garden, food and beverages, sports, travel, electronics, theme park tickets and health and beauty to name but a few.

Access to the Members Assistance Programme and all the resources is also available on your smart device by downloading the TELUS Health One app.

If you are a current member and we have your e-mail address on file, you will already have received information including login details to access this new member benefit. If you haven’t received an e-mail but are already a member, please e-mail: to allow us to update our member contact information.

Not a member yet? Sign up today online at Membership | The Coastguard Association and start making the most of our new Member Assistance Programme, support the health and wellbeing of you and your family and save money on a wide range of products.

The Coastguard Association is the charity dedicated to supporting Coastguard Personnel and their families in their time of need.


Annual General Meeting

You are all cordially invited to the 48th Annual General Meeting of the Coastguard Association – the charity dedicated to supporting Coastguard personnel and their families in their time of need.
The AGM will take place in a private function area within the Solway Gate Table Table Restaurant, Annan Road, Dumfries, DG1 3JX on Saturday 23rd March 2024 3pm-5pm.
All are welcome to attend with options being explored for the provision of a virtual dial in option via MS Teams as well.
If you require any further information or have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact our National Secretary Joanna Howard at:
Thanks for your continued support.

Coastline Magazine – Issue 10 – OUT NOW!


The latest edition of Coastline Magazine – the official digital publication of The Coastguard Association is OUT NOW.

Inside this edition:

* 12 pages of news from around the coast
* Emergency Services Show 2023
* A day in the life of Coastguard Rescue Officer Darren Crisp – Littlehampton CRT
* Team Spotlight on Sutton Bridge Coastguard Rescue Team
* Reflecting on the Royal International Air Tattoo
* Coastguard Association Charity 5K
* Remembrance Day events
* A BRAND NEW Meet Your Committee your feature
* Regular features including From The Ops Room, Kit Reviews, Reflection with Chaplain Tom and much more!

Thank you to everyone for their continued support of Coastline Magazine and The Coastguard Association.

You can also download Issue 10 of Coastline Magazine at: Coastline Magazine – Issue 10.


Remembrance Pin Badge – Thank you

The Coastguard Association would like to thank everyone for their support with our 2023 Remembrance Poppy Pin Badges.

The money raised will be used to help support Coastguard personnel and their families in their time of need, with The Coastguard Association also donating £1,000 to the Royal British Legion.

This has been the first time in many years The Coastguard Association has undertaken such a venture and we have taken on board a number of learning points for the future, especially around some challenges with postage.

Thank you to everyone for their patience and support, with all Coastguard Association activities undertaken entirely by a volunteer committee.


Coastguard Rescue Teams respond to Storm Babet

Coastguard Rescue Teams from across the country remain deployed as part of the multi-agency response to the severe flooding as a result of Storm Babet.

There’s currently over 100 specially trained Coastguard Flood Technicians either on standby, en route to flood hit areas or already deployed and assisting in the rescue and evacuation operations.

Coastguard Rescue Teams have already been working with local authorities, Scottish Fire & Rescue and Police Scotland to evacuate people from their homes. They have been supported by coastguards working in operations rooms and also HM Coastguard helicopter crews.

Our thoughts are with the families and friends of those who have tragically been lost during this severe weather. Our thoughts are also very much with the brave Coastguard Rescue Officers and other emergency responders who are working through incredibly difficult and challenging circumstances.

Help us help them – donate today.

The Coastguard Association is the charity dedicated to supporting Coastguard personnel and their families in their time of need.