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RNLI College Discovery Tour

Address: RNLI College | West Quay Road, Poole BH15 1HZ, England
Phone Number: 01202 336142
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Ranked #4 of 33 Activities in Poole
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Owner description: See how our volunteer crews and lifeguards are trained with a behind-the-scenes 90 minute tour of...
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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.

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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

I've been twice in the last week to the RNLI Poole with groups from a day centre. The first day was very disappointing, the second was much better. The highlights of the tour were the life boat bridge simulator. One time we were able to skipper it and respond to a situation in the channel. The other time we stood... More 

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

Dear Glenn, Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review on our Tripadvisor page. I am disappointed to hear that your first visit did not meet your expectations. Our training at the RNLI College takes places in various different forms and not all the courses use the Wave Tank. When the crews are using this facility,... More 

Hertfordshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

On saturday 29th November myself and my mum were booked onto the RNLI College tour. I am so pleased my mum bought this as a treat and i think everyone should go and see the RNLI college. Our tour guide Chris was amazing and an asset to the collgege he was Knowledgeable and answered the questions that were asked. I... More 

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

Dear Tori83, Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review on our Tripadvisor page, I am so thrilled that you had an enjoyable time on our College Discovery Tour, I will pass on your lovely comments to Chris. I am pleased that Chris was able to answer all of your questions. Our tour guides are great... More 

London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

A fantastic opportunity to learn about how the RNLI train their volunteers. Can highly recommend the 90 minute tour at £7.50 per person. Booking was required but we called at 8.30am and were able to get on the 11am tour. David, our volunteer guide, was very good and gave an informative talk as he took us around the purpose built... More 

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

Dear Rachael C, Thank you very much for your review on our Tripadvisor page. I am pleased that you had an enjoyable time whilst visiting the RNLI College. We are very lucky to have such wonderful facilities for our volunteer crews and it's great to be able to share these with our visitors. I will pass on your feedback to... More 

Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

We were meet in a large room and the days events were outlined to us, they then gave an over-view of the RNLI activities and took us to the indoor pool where life boatmen and women are trained, after that we had lunch followed by being able to go on the latest Shannon lifeboat which is the lifeboat of the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014

We went as a treat for our 'RNLI mad' 7 year old but I can truly say the whole family thought this tour was amazing. When initially I heard the tour was 90 minutes of walking, looking at the training facilities and listening to the tour guide I was a little apprehensive that my children would not be engaged and... More 

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south coast, england
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

Lymington U3A organised this tour and it was very good. Very comprehensive in that it covered many aspects which we didn't know they did, such as overseas training. The simulator was a brilliant experience and the lady taking the tour answered all our questions well. Lunch was included in the tour and the group of us were given a separate... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

This is a wonderful 90 minute tour which we found incredibly interesting and were fascinated by all the history and practicalities of training lifeboat crews. Really, do not come to Poole and not make this visit a part of your trip. Lovely cafe with wonderful views of the harbour which you can visit even if you do not take the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

As a retired seafarer I was taken aback on the scope that is provided by the RNLI at this facility. Their plans for the future, especially their in house building project, are to be commended. The volunteer guides were excellent. As they rely on donations, and no government funding, they do an excellent job of providing the quality and level... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

You can't miss the RNLI buildings when you drive into Poole; it's a shame tours are not more widely advertised as a lot of people will miss out seeing this great facility. You need to phone to check what times tours are and book on... we called at 08:30 and got on the 11:00 tour the same day. Get there... More 

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 via mobile

Visited the RNLI College 22/9/14, Paul our guide was exellent and the tour was brilliant, well worth the visit, we recommend it to anyone.

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