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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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Excellent Trip - Very informative guide and the Lifeboat simulator is amazing

We arranged a tour through our club and were not disappointed. Our guide was very knowledgeable and most informative and made our tour very interesting. Unfortunately we were... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 19, 2015
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Poole, United Kingdom
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Poole, United Kingdom
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33 reviews 33 reviews
9 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

We arranged a tour through our club and were not disappointed. Our guide was very knowledgeable and most informative and made our tour very interesting. Unfortunately we were unable to go into the tank because it was being used by the SBS but we were shown a video that gave us a good insight. The highlight of the tour was... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

This trip was one never to be forgotten. Our guide Gerrard was very inspiring and very enthusiastic about the RNLI and this made for a really great tour. The highlight has to be the simulator, it has to be seen to be believed. Every aspect of the tour was so enjoyable from learning about how the crews train, to all... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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27 reviews 27 reviews
17 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

As an American, RNLI was new to me as the major lifeboat operation in the UK. Our guide was excellent with telling stories, explaining the training that the RNLI folks go through and how their mission has spread internationally. The simulated incident where my Mum-in-Law got to be helmsman was wild! Inspiring and very interesting

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Poole, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

A really interesting tour - very knowledgeable and friendly tour guide. I learned a lot about both the college and the RNLI overall - I didn't realise they were only funded by donations and get no government funding. The lifeboat simulator was fantastic - even if I was feeling green afterwards!

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Montmelian, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015 via mobile

we have spent a really good time with Gerald (our guide) last week for our visit at the rnli college, it was really interesting. The simulator was a good way to put us in situation, meanwhile the best would be to be able to watch exercices in live in the pool for example. thanks again to all those brave people... More 

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Hedge End, United Kingdom
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143 reviews 143 reviews
60 attraction reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

I am a supporter of the RNLI so when I heard about this tour I knew I had to go on it. The tour costs £7.50 for 1.5 hours although ours lasted closer to 2 hours. We did the tour on a Saturday when there wasn't any training taking place in the pool but we did get to go on... More 

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Langon, France
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46 reviews 46 reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

A really good and extremely interesting discovery tour, a must do if you have a couple of hours. Our guide was really fantastic (thanks Steve), we went there as a family and our 3 children really enjoyed it. A great tour and a great organisation! Thanks again.

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

I love everything about the RNLI and having the opportunity to have a tour of there collage was something I couldn't pass up. £7.50 for 1 1/2 hours is a bargain even though I got 2 1/2 hours in total. We got to watch the crews training in the pool with all the effects of wave machine and storm conditions... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

We have just returned from an amazing week end and experience. Nothing was too much trouble for the staff and they were always smiling, the rooms were ultra clean, the catering must have been 5 star. Any one who supports these brave men should try this, we tried nearly all of last year to be able to book in and... More 

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Lincolnshire
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

This is such an interesting tour - just £7.50 for a very full 90 minutes (by the time we finished, it was closer to 2 hours). Our guide was interesting, enthusiastic and amusing - and, like so many others, was a volunteer. We saw all round the college and heard the history of it, we saw the big pool they... More 

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