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RNLI College Discovery Tour

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Address: West Quay Road | RNLI College, Poole BH15 1HZ, England
Phone Number: +44 1202 308500
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See how our volunteer crews and lifeguards are trained with a...

See how our volunteer crews and lifeguards are trained with a behind-the-scenes 90 minute tour of RNLI College.

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As RNLI Offshore members it would have been very rude not to have at least called in while holidaying in the area. As it transpired we were on site most of the day, looking at the... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 weeks ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

As RNLI Offshore members it would have been very rude not to have at least called in while holidaying in the area. As it transpired we were on site most of the day, looking at the displays, browsing the shop and relaxing in the restaurant while waiting for the tour. Well worth the wait too, we are well aware of... More 

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Milborne Saint Andrew, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

Took a group of 42 there. Everyone enjoyed the experience and the RNLI Guides were very helpful and knowledgeable about the history of the college and the staggering cost of kitting out lifeboat crews and the cost of the boats. A great afternoon

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Wiltshire, England
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016 via mobile

I visited with a group of 26 from my local Probus club. After drinks and a delicious lunch in the circular restaurant overlooking Poole Harbour, we split into 2 groups for the 90 minute tour. This was most informative and gave us a fascinating insight into the history, organisation and operations of this unique charitable organisation. Highlights were a visit... More 

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Yeovil, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

An Excellent Tour of the college that is well worth the cost (free if you stay at the college) It gives you the insight that RNLI crews go through to reach the high standards that are required of them.

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Hull
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016

Great to see what the Crew have to go through and what goes into the running of the charity, Simulator amazing piece of technology and it does feel like you are moving, Would have liked to have a demonstration of the pool or its capabilities, Thought the walk and talk through of the Restaurant and Bar was maybe a waste... More 

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Tenbury Wells, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016

Great tour around building with very informative guide (Mark?). Very interesting to hear about the history/ financing/training and work of the Institution. Particularly enjoyed the pool and the simulator. We will be making a return visit soon to see the Lifeboat Construction Sheds.

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Thank davidmarsh898
Southampton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2016

A wonderful and very informative tour. It was an inspirational visit confirming, if any confirmation was needed, what a superb organisation the RNLI is. The tour was led by Chris joined later by Karen two very knowledgeable, friendly and helpful individuals.

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Cambridge
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

Fantastic sculpture at the entrance. Worth seeing even if you are not going in. Food is good and great value.

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Shoreham-by-sea, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2016

We stooped off at Poole on our way home from the west country and visited the RNLI HQ. We arrived at exactly the right time as a Discovery tour was just about to start. This was a very interesting tour which highlights the history of the RNLI and the work that goes into training Lifeboat crews. The lifeboat simulator was... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2016

visited RNLI for our annual meeting After meeting we were given tour of site and went through history of place. Also watched volunteers practicing at indoor training pool. also had hands on simulator that was fun. loved it

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