Each watch lasts four hours. No prior experience is necessary. Training entails three half day classroom sessions covering background and theory plus around ten supervised watches alongside experienced watchkeepers. All watchkeepers are also trained for the Short Range VHF Radio Certificate.
With an average of about sixty active qualified watchkeepers ideally everyone would carry out an average of two watches a month throughout the year PLUS one additional watch per month in the summer. This means that the station's 'watchkeeping target' is 27 watches a year for each watchkeeper.
There is a monthly station meeting of around two hours where you can meet other watchkeepers. Meetings include a short session on station business followed by either a talk from a guest speaker or a training refresher session.
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