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Sea Survival training at RNLI College
RNLI College Tours

Find out how our crews and lifeguards are trained with a behind the scenes 90 minute tour of the RNLI College. Conducted by our dedicated volunteer tour guides, tours cost just £7.50 per person or are free to College residents.

During your 90 minute guided tour, you will be given the chance to explore the RNLI College and its training facilities, including our world-class Sea Survival centre, which hosts the wave tank and Lifeboat simulator.

Tours take place daily Monday to Saturday at either 11am or 2.30pm (subject to volunteer availability). Booking in advance is necessary. Please contact reception to book your place on the College Discovery Tour on 01202 308 500 or

If you have a group of 15 or more people wanting to visit the College for a tour, please contact the College events team, open Monday to Saturday between 9am and 5pm on 01202 336 141 or via email at

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All-weather Lifeboat Centre Tours

We are very pleased to announce that we will be conducting tours of the All-weather Lifeboat Centre from 1st September 2015. Discover the next generation of lifesaving in a behind the scenes tour of our world-class boatbuilding factory. 

The All-weather Lifeboat Centre, based on-site at the RNLI’s Headquarters in Poole, Dorset, has brought production, maintenance and refit of our all-weather lifeboat fleet in-house; all under one roof for the first time in history. This secures a supply of all-weather lifeboats for future generations of lifesavers. It also gives us greater control of costs and quality, and it creates employment, including apprenticeships in marine engineering and boatbuilding. 

The tours take place on a Wednesday at 16.30 - 17.30. The tour costs £5.00 per person. Please contact our College Reception Team to book your place on 01202 308 500 or . Places are limited to 12 people.

If you have a group of 12 or more people wanting to visit the All-weather Lifeboat Centre for a tour, please contact the College events team, open Monday to Saturday between 9am and 5pm on 01202 666 141 or via email at



Useful Information

Car parking

Due to crew training parking is not available on-site.  However, local pay and display are within walking distance to the College.  If you are travelling by minibus or coach then please inform the Events team who may be able to reserve a space for you at the College (subject to availability).

A working venue

Please note that the RNLI College is a working venue and so we cannot guarantee access to the wave tank or simulator due to training requirements.


The building is accessible to wheelchair users and lifts are available to access the upper floors.  The tour requires all visitors to be able to stand/walk for 90 minutes although, if, at any time your guests need to rest then, please, bring this to the attention of your tour guide.

On the day

Please arrive at least 10 minutes prior to your tour start time and inform reception of your arrival.  The tour will commence from the main College reception at the designated time.

Visit the shop

Save enough time after your tour to call into our shop and pick up the perfect gift or souvenir! We've got homewares, clothing, tasty treats, toys, greeting cards and much, much more. Our shops are run by volunteers, and all profits help save lives at sea.

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