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RNLI College Discovery Tour

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Address: West Quay Road | RNLI College, Poole BH15 1HZ, England
Phone Number: +44 1202 308500
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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.

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Simulator a "must do"

Fantastic informative visit. Enjoyed seeing training pool. Lifeboat simulator is fantastic! Highly recommended for children.

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Bracknell, United Kingdom
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Bracknell, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Fantastic informative visit. Enjoyed seeing training pool. Lifeboat simulator is fantastic! Highly recommended for children.

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Hampshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We were a group of 34 members of our U3A. When we first arrived we had a small problem in that the modern coffee machine could not cope with a sudden influx of people. However, the guides realised our problem and came and met us in the restaurant and we split into three groups. Two started in different areas of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was my second Discovery Tour at the RNLI college, the previous one being 3 years ago. The tour is free to residents of the college otherwise there is a fee of £7.50 per person, well worth every penny in my opinion. Very knowledgeable volunteers conduct the tour taking you through the history of the RNLI, from its founding to... More 

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Dorset
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2016

We have done this tour twice now with grandchildren and it's great fun, very informative and excellent value. Used the cafeteria and that too proved very popular

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

Thank you for your feedback on your RNLI tours. I am pleased to hear you enjoyed the tour and were able to share it with your grandchildren. Maybe they will be back at the College when they are 18 for their trainee crew course - who knows! Thank you for your ongoing support of the RNLI. We hope to see... More 

Farnborough, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2016

A very interesting 2 hour tour, the advert says 90 minutes. Went through the College with its views and class rooms. Then into the area where they practice rescues with an array of different features. And the simulator was out of this world. And such a reasonable price to go with it. Then we went to the gatehouse where my... More 

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

Thank you for taking the time to feedback on your RNLI tour. I am pleased to hear you enjoyed the tour and that we were able to host one of our Stormforce members in the simulator. Maybe she will be back at the College when she is 18 for her trainee crew course - who knows! Thank you for your... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2016 via mobile

My 4 year old son and I love visiting lifeboat stations. The excitement of the rescues and the technology of the boats really fires his imagination. On top of that the volunteers of the RNLI are so welcoming and passionate that it makes every visit special. This was no exception. He was so excited when we got there for the... More 

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

Thank you for taking the time to feedback on your RNLI tour. I am pleased to hear you enjoyed the tour and that we were able to share the RNLI College experience with your son. Maybe he will be back at the College when he is 18 for his trainee crew course - who knows! Thank you for your on... More 

Redhill, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2016

We enjoyed the visit very much. Learnt a lot about the history of the RNLI right up to date. The simulator was very interesting and felt we were actually on the sea. Our tour guide was excellent and was able to answer every question he was asked.

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

Thank you for taking the time to feedback on your RNLI tour. I am pleased to hear you enjoyed the tour and will pass on your kind feedback to our volunteer team. Thank you for your ongoing support of the RNLI. We hope to see you back at the RNLI College again soon. More 

Reading, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2016

We booked by phone the day before, realising that I couldn't walk far due to surgery, the guides couldn't have been more patient, polite and helpful. Due to school holidays, half the group were children aged 8-12, the guides pitched to their level and were happy to take questions. They sensibly referred to notes when needed to ensure accuracy. The... More 

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

Thank you for taking the time to feedback on your RNLI tour. I am pleased to hear you enjoyed the tour and that we were able to accommodate any mobility issues. I hope your surgery is recovering well. Thank you for your on going support of the RNLI. We hope to see you back at the RNLI College again soon.... More 

Worcester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2016 via mobile

First we had lunch in the refectory, very tasty and inexpensive. The 1.5 hour tour was led by Gordon and passed at a leisurely pace. We visited the well appointed rooms which can be rented by the public. These were up to date and had a beautiful view over the harbour. The training regime for Lifeboat students was impressive and... More 

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

Thank you for taking the time to feedback on your RNLI tour. I am pleased to hear you enjoyed the tour and that we were able to showcase the simulator during your visit. The simulator does not move, it is just the images which give that illusion - we promise! Thank you for your on going support of the RNLI.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2016

Our guide was knowledgeable and interesting. After visiting the college and learning about the great building that is the college, we saw the 'training pool' and experienced the simulator. This gave a few participants the chance to drive the lifeboat through horrendous gale force winds towards a burning container ship outside Dover harbour. We all survived, but failed to rescue... More 

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

Thank you for taking the time to feedback on your RNLI tour. I am pleased to hear you enjoyed the tour and that we were able to showcase the simulator during your visit. Glad to hear you all came home safe - we'll send some crew to pickup the simulated casualties outside Dover to bring them back too! Thank you... More 

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