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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 34 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 NEW

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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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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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 via mobile

Volunteer Nick gave us a fantastic tour of the facilities at the centre of RNLI. The tour of approximately 90 minutes was informative and very interesting. The facilities were breathtaking. A real look at the varied work that the RNLI undertake. The highlight for us was to helm the "Lifeboat simulator". So realistic and stimulating. A marvelous organisation and well... More 

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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 

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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 

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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 

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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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