How to become a coastguard
You can get into this job through:
- working towards this role
- applying directly
You may be able to work your way into this role by starting as a watch assistant and applying for promotion when you've got more experience.
You'll need literacy, numeracy and IT skills, as well as seagoing experience.
You could start by becoming a coastguard rescue officer volunteer, then apply for a paid position when vacancies are advertised.
You can apply directly for jobs if you have some of the relevant skills and knowledge needed for this role.
You'll need a good standard of literacy and numeracy, good hearing and eyesight to become a watch officer.
Employers will often ask for seagoing experience, for example from:
- the Royal Navy, the Royal Air Force or the Merchant Navy
- activities involving boat work and navigation
- experience as a coastguard rescue officer volunteer
You can find out more about becoming a coastguard from the Maritime and Coastguard Agency and Civil Service Careers.