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RNLI College Discovery Tour

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Address: RNLI College | West Quay Road, Poole BH15 1HZ, England
Phone Number: 01202 336142
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Description: 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.Tours cost £7.50 for adults and £2.50 for children aged 10 - 16.
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We often visit Bournemouth and are always looking for something different to entertain our two young sons when the weather is poor. The RNLI College Discovery Tour does not seem... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 28, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

We often visit Bournemouth and are always looking for something different to entertain our two young sons when the weather is poor. The RNLI College Discovery Tour does not seem to be advertised and is not well known. You need to reserve a place as the size of the tours is limited. This was a fascinating tour around the college... More 

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Dear RIchard035, Thank you very much for your recent review of the RNLI College Discovery Tour. We are pleased that you had an enjoyable time at the College and it offered good entertainment for your two young sons. We run the tours on a daily basis for members of the public and limit the group sizes to 15. Bookings can... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

I attended a guided tour with a group of fellow National Coastwatch volunteers. I though I knew quite a lot about the RNLI. Wrong! Our guide, Gerald was a font of knowledge. This fascinating guided tour not only covers the foundation and history of the RNLI but introduces visitors to the training needed to be an RNLI crew member. The... More 

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Dear Keith H, Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review of the RNLI College Discovery Tour. We are so pleased that you had an enjoyable visit to the RNLI College and we will ensure that your feedback is passed onto Gerald. We are glad that you experienced the Café/Restaurant at the College. These facilities offer... More 

Cowes, England, United Kingdom
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

The whole RNLI experience is exhilarating in every aspect, the tour (Gerald was our excellent and very informative guide) was very interesting, and the simulator where the boat crews are trained is absolutely awesome, I wish I could lay my hands on the software for that programme!! All in all, a very worthwhile experience, and one that anyone who has... More 

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Dear Richard A, Thank you very much for your review on our Tripadvisor page. We are extremely pleased that you had an enjoyable visit to the RNLI College. We will ensure that your feedback is passed onto Gerald. The simulator is a real highlight and we are pleased that it was available on your visit. The simulator is used frequently... More 

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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

The facilities offered at this modern well thought out training college and accommodation are fantastic. Our sailing association booked the venue for it's AGM and annual dinner. There are 60 well appointed bedrooms, the Riggers bar that has fantastic views over Poole harbour and a function room that easily accommodated around 100 members and guests. The service was excellent. The... More 

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Dear sailboat326, Thank you very much for taking the time to review the RNLI College Discovery Tours. We are delighted that you had an enjoyable time at the College for your sailing association AGM. The RNLI College hosts 60 harbour view bedrooms with en-suite facilities as well as a range of function suites which make it the perfect location for... More 

Poole, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

An amazing 90 minutes. There were only 3 of us on my tour and Gerald our guide was excellent and a 'fountain of knowledge'. The whole culture of the RNLI has always interested me and living in Poole for 27 years keeps me informed with local news etc. As other visitors have said the Simulator was fantastic and very realistic.... More 

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Dear Roxyringpull, Thank you for taking the time to review your visit to the RNLI College. We value your feedback and are delighted that you had an enjoyable time at the College. We are pleased that you were taken good care of whilst visiting the College and hope that you will return again soon. Best wishes. More 

Poole, United Kingdom
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

Went with 4 friends on the RNLI tour. It lasted over an hour and a half and was most informative. The maximum number in a group would be 15 but there was only us 4 so we had many opportunities to ask questions. Our guide was brilliant at her job (a volunteer, as are many of the people working at... More 

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Dear anncole8, Thank you very much for taking the time to write your review on our Tripadvisor page. We are so pleased that you enjoyed the College Discovery Tour. Our volunteers value your feedback as they dedicate a vast amount of their time delivering the tours as well as training to ensure that they provide you with up to date... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

The tour itself was excellent - unique and interactive. The simulator in particular was outstanding. The whole occasion was rather spoiled however by the lack of on site parking and lunch in the Riggers restaurant not being available. This despite my having mentioned when booking that we were bringing a guest (and a potential Shoreline member) and wanted lunch afterwards.... More 

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Dear Ken, Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review on our Tripadvisor page. We are pleased that you enjoyed the tour and that you found the simulator experience so enjoyable. This is always a real highlight for all of our visitors so we are pleased that this facility was free on the day for you... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

There were 13 of us on this tour and the tour guide did an excellent job showing us and telling us about the work the RNLI do. The best bit was going inside the simulator it was incredible how real that it felt. We also got to look at the training pool too. I thoroughly enjoyed it and would like... More 

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Dear Mandynapper, Thank you very much for taking the time to post a review on our Tripadvisor page. We are pleased that you enjoyed your visit to the RNLI College. We would be delighted to welcome you back in the future with your family. We run daily discovery tours for individuals and small groups. If you would like to come... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014

Excellent tour of the facilities such as the life saving pool and the simulator. The pool wasn't in action but we saw a film of the various possibilities which was probably even better. The youngsters enjoyed the simulator and drove us very vigorously - and quite wobbly - through the waves. A very enjoyable experience although it would also have... More 

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Bridport, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014

There were only six of us on our tour but the guide did an excellent job and was interesting to listen to with lots of anecdotes and stories. Unfortunately the simulator was being use for training purposes so we weren't able to see it but the tour is fascinating in it's own right. We did have a look at the... More 

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