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RNLI College Discovery Tour

RNLI College | West Quay Road, Poole BH15 1HZ, England
01202 336142
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Ranked #4 of 21 activities in Poole
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Tours
Owner description: See how our volunteer crews and lifeguards are trained with a behind-the-scenes 90 minute tour of RNLI College.Tours cost £7.50 for adults and £2.50... more » Owner description: See how our volunteer crews and lifeguards are trained with a behind-the-scenes 90 minute tour of RNLI College.Tours cost £7.50 for adults and £2.50 for children aged 10 - 16. « less
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St. Albans, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

This is a really interesting opportunity to find out about one of bravest group of people. The simulator is brilliant - your brain is convinced you are on board a moving boat, and the thrill of "driving" the boat is exciting. The pool leaves you both impressed with the thoroughness of the training regime, and relieved that if you are... More

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Dorset
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

A big thank you for the most interesting and informative tour of the RNLI college. Really enjoyed the experience and our excellent and knowledgeable tour guide Angela Davies made it a memorable afternoon, we loved the simulator and all the useful facts that Angela shared with us. Also can recommend the Slipway bar.

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South Yorkshire, England
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

Being a member and supporter of the RNLI and living inland it was a great opportunity during our weeks holiday in Swanage to go and visit the College and great first hand look at how things are done at the College in Poole. We had booked our tour in advance which you must do to ensure you get in. We... More

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Southampton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

We travelled as a coach party of 45, pre-booked, so the college was prepared with lots of excellent guides for groups of 15 to enjoy the 90 minute tour in comfort. The college charges for groups but this is far from excessive and as the money is put to good use is more than acceptable. I feel sure that everyone... More

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Worcester, England
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014 via mobile

Really helped to understand what the RNLI does, and the bravery and dedication of its volunteers. Our guide was good, but it seemed that he was working to a script, and when questions were posed did not have an in depth background of knowledge. Of course a script does make sure nothing gets forgotten. The lifeboat experience was fantastic, and... More

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Lancaster, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2014

I learned a lot about the work of the RNLI thanks to our very good volunteer guide and it was free admission as well. Lasted around 90 minutes and the highlights were the Lifeboat simulator where one lady had to leave as she was feeling sea sick and the large tank where there do their water training. Well worth going.

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RNLI_Tours, Sales & Events Co-ordinator at RNLI College Discovery Tour, responded to this review

Hi Andrew, Thank you very much for your recent feedback. We are pleased that the tour was informative and you learnt a lot about the RNLI during your time spent with us. The Lifeboat Bridge Simulator is always very popular with our visitors, it sometimes can cause sea sickness which is unfortunate. We normally advise people to close their eyes... More

Nuneaton, United Kingdom
2 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2014

Really enjoyed the discovery tour and an excellent two night stay at the college. Our guide, Paul, was very knowledgeable and enthusiatic. He introduced us to the history of the RNLI, the important work they do and the exciting developments at the new centre. We really appreciated his natural sense of humour. The two highlights were the simulator experience and... More

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RNLI_Tours, Sales & Events Co-ordinator at RNLI College Discovery Tour, responded to this review

Hi Karen Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review on our Tripadvisor page. We are very pleased that you enjoyed your tour of the RNLI College during your stay with us. I will ensure that Paul receives your feedback. We hope to see you at the RNLI College again very soon. Best wishes RNLI College... More

Bournemouth, United Kingdom
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

Took the tour while attending an event at the College. The tour takes about 90 minutes and gives you an informative tour round the college, including the excellent Lifeboat bridge simulator (have a go at steering a lifeboat out of Dover to an oil tanker on fire!) and the inshore simulator tank where they practice lifeboat capsize drills. Great fun,... More

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RNLI_Tours, Sales & Events Co-ordinator at RNLI College Discovery Tour, responded to this review

Hi Alex Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review on our Tripadvisor page. We are pleased that you took the tour whilst attending an event at the College. We hope that it provided you with a valuable insight into the work of the RNLI and the training that takes place here at the College. We... More

Trowbridge, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

My wife and I stayed a the college for a weekend break and a part of the very competitive room and breakfast rate is included a 1•5 hour discovery tour of the training facility and talk on the work of the RNLI staff and volunteers. A group of 13 of us with two very knowledgeable guides (Chris and Tony) gave... More

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RNLI_Tours, Sales & Events Co-ordinator at RNLI College Discovery Tour, responded to this review

Hello Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review on our Tripadvisor page, we really value your feedback. We do encourage our guests to take the complimentary tour whilst they are staying with us at the College. I hope that it provided you with a valuable insight into the work of the RNLI and the training... More

Woking, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2014

This is a must do! Really informative tour; our guides Paul and Linda got it just right as our group was mixed adults and 11 year olds - there was no sign of 'I'm bored' from the younger ones! We found it so interesting the 90 minutes could easily be extended. Time in the simulator was amazing albeit 2 of... More

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