The welfare of our volunteers, supporters and staff along with our ability to maintain our world-class lifesaving service is our priority.

We have taken the decision to close all RNLI shops, museums and visitor centres, including the College in Poole, with immediate effect. Our lifeboat stations remain operational and we will continue to respond to those in need but will not be open to visitors. This will be reviewed week commencing 11 May 2020.

Please email any queries regarding future bookings at the college to and a member of the team will be able to help.

Our lifeboats will continue to launch to those in peril at sea – and they need your support more than ever.

Support us

RNLI College in Poole is the home of RNLI training, where willing lifeboat volunteers from across the UK and Ireland are trained to become able crew members.

It’s also a hotel, conference venue, wedding venue and event venue like no other - a home from home for our family of supporters.

When you stay at the RNLI College hotel, eat in the restaurant, drink at the café bar, buy gifts in the shop, attend an event or a tour, or host your corporate or private event here, every £1 you spend helps save lives at sea. And you’ll be in good company too, rubbing shoulders with our brave lifesavers.

Formerly known as the Lifeboat College, RNLI College is a centre of training excellence, not only for our lifeboat crews but for our seasonal lifeguards too. RNLI College Discovery Tours take you behind the scenes so you can see our world-class training facilities first-hand, including the Sea Survival Centre and lifeboat simulator.

You’re welcome at the RNLI training college any time. And you can even buy RNLI College gift vouchers to share your lifesaving experience with your crew.

Please help us brave the storm

RNLI College raises vital funds to help save lives at sea. But right now it is closed and our income is falling during one of the toughest times the world has ever faced.

The health crisis has hit our income hard. Lockdown not only closed RNLI College, it halted the fundraising events we rely on to power our lifesaving service. Yet our lifeboat crews have never stopped being on call 24/7, ready and willing to save lives. They still need protective crew kit and fuel to launch their lifeboats. And their lifeboat stations and lifeboats still need to be maintained and repaired. With your support, they’ll always be ready, right now and in the future. 

Donate to our emergency appeal and you can help them weather the storm. Your gift to the RNLI, no matter how much, will make a lifesaving difference. Not only to the people we rescue and their loved ones, but to the crew and their families too.

Barmouth Lifeboat Crew pose for a group photo
Every £1 you spend at the College helps save lives at sea.

Every £1 you spend will help us weather the storm

RNLI College raises vital funds to help save lives at sea. And right now, every £1 you spend will mean more than you know.

Our lifeboat crews are facing their toughest time ever. With more and more people needing their help, and too many still drowning, they have never been busier. But our income is down. And if they have any hope of reaching people safely and in time, they need vital training, protective kit, well-equipped lifeboat stations and the fastest lifeboats. These things make all the difference when lives are on the line.

Every £1 you spend at RNLI College will help them weather the storm and make a lifesaving difference. Not only to the people we rescue and their loved ones, but to the crew and their families too. And means we will be there for you and yours for generations to come.

Recognised by Trip Advisor

  • Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence 2017
  • Dorset Tourism Award Gold 2016

Will you stand with us?

Our brave volunteer crews are still on call, 24/7, despite the global pandemic. We urgently need you to stand with us in these uncertain times so they can continue to be there for you, your loved ones and everyone who needs them.