RNLI College is a centre of maritime training excellence for our lifesavers.
In 2014, 1,243 lifeboat crew and 250 lifeguards from around the UK and RoI attended one or more of over 40 different operational training courses currently available.
Operational training takes place alongside the development of all our volunteers and staff using the first class training facilities at the college, which include well-equipped training rooms and a Learning Resource Centre.
Competency-based training and development activities include:
• workshops and courses
• learner-centred activities
• distance-learning materials
• online learning opportunities
• and development plans.
But perhaps the most crucial facility at the home of RNLI training is the integrated Sea Survival Centre, where real-life conditions and rescue operations are simulated to give our lifeboat volunteers essential practical experience in sea safety and survival techniques.
State-of-the-art facilities at the survival centre include:
• sea survival pool and wave tank measuring 25m x 12.5m and 4m deep
• jump platform
• full mission bridge simulator for lifeboats and commercial vessels
• live engine workshops.
The sea survival pool is where our crews practise their capsize training using bespoke training boats. Complete darkness, choppy conditions, thunder, lightning and helicopter recovery can all be simulated to very real effect.
Search and rescue operations can be practised in the full mission bridge simulator. And the survival centre also houses the live engineering workshop, which has six working lifeboat engines that students can dismantle and rebuild.
An invaluable training asset
With only one in ten lifeboat volunteers joining the RNLI from a professional maritime occupation, our Sea Survival Centre is invaluable. Not only for the development of our trainees, but for the continuous development of all our lifesavers.
Search and rescue organisations from around the world benefit hugely from our commercial training. And the survival centre provides one of the most inspirational team building venues you’ll ever experience.
The Lloyd's Register Foundation is a long-term supporter of crew training and has pledged to fund a further five years of sea survival training from January 2011 to December 2015, bringing its total support to just over £1.5M.
The Lloyd's Register Foundation funds education, training and research programmes in transportation, science, engineering, technology and the safety of life worldwide for the benefit of all.