Profession coastguard watch officer

Coastguard watch officers patrol and survey coast and sea regions to prevent accidents, as well as perform search and rescue missions in the event of an emergency. They react to emergency calls, advise on safety procedures, and prevent accidents and illegal activity at sea. Coastguard watch officers investigate shipping activities and aid during pollution incidents and in flood relief.

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Personality Type

  • Realistic / Investigative
  • Enterprising / Conventional
  • Realistic / Social
  • Social / Enterprising
  • Conventional / Realistic

Knowledge

  • First response

    The procedures of pre-hospital care for medical emergencies, such as first aid, resuscitation techniques, legal and ethical issues, patient assessment, trauma emergencies.

Skills

  • Estimate damage

    Estimate damage in case of accidents or natural disasters.

  • Develop contingency plans for emergencies

    Compose procedures outlining specific actions to be taken in the event of an emergency, taking into account all the risks and dangers that could be involved, ensuring that the plans comply with safety legislation and represent the safest course of action.

  • Perform risk analysis

    Identify and assess factors that may jeopardise the success of a project or threaten the organisation's functioning. Implement procedures to avoid or minimise their impact.

  • Write work-related reports

    Compose work-related reports that support effective relationship management and a high standard of documentation and record keeping. Write and present results and conclusions in a clear and intelligible way so they are comprehensible to a non-expert audience.

  • Ensure law application

    Ensure the laws are followed, and where they are broken, that the correct measures are taken to ensure compliance to the law and law enforcement.

  • Identify security threats

    Identify security threats during investigations, inspections, or patrols, and perform the necessary actions to minimise or neutralise the threat.

  • Supervise crew

    Supervise and observe the behaviour of employees.

  • Read maps

    Read maps effectively.

  • Apply first response

    Respond to medical or trauma emergencies and care for the patient in a manner compliant with health and safety regulations, assessing the legal and ethical issues of the situation, and provide proper pre-hospital care.

  • Assist in maritime rescue operations

    Provide assistance during maritime rescue operations.

  • Advise on safety improvements

    Provide relevant recommendations following the conclusion of an investigation; ensure that recommendations are duly considered and where appropriate acted upon.

  • Coordinate rescue missions

    Coordinate rescue missions during the event of a disaster or during an accident, ensure that all possible methods are being used to ensure the safety of the people being rescued, and that the search is as efficient and thorough as possible.

Optional knowledge and skills

assist in ship maintenance maintain operational communications develop flood remediation strategies law enforcement check official documents pollution prevention report pollution incidents perform search and rescue missions maintain ship logs evacuate people from flooded areas undertake inspections pollution legislation flood remediation equipment operate radio equipment identify risk of flooding influence of winds and currents in the steering of ships provide advice on breaches of regulation pollution at sea prevention treat flood damage patrol areas use different communication channels operate an emergency communication system dispose waste