Find out how our crews and lifeguards are trained with a behind the scenes 90 minute tour of the RNLI College. Each tour is conducted by one of our dedicated volunteer tour guides, providing a passionate and insightful look at the work we do here at the College.

£7.50 per adult
£2.50 per child (min 10 years+)
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 (subject to availability).

Tours take place daily Monday to Thursday at either 11am and/or 2.30pm, Friday at 3.00pm and Saturday at 11.00am (subject to volunteer availability). Booking in advance is necessary. Please contact reception to book your place on the College Discovery Tour on 0300 300 7654 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 Friday between 8am and 5pm on 01202 336 141 or via email at

For more information take a look at our reviews or  see our flyer [PDF 2.75MB].

Tour times

Day  Morning  Afternoon
 Monday - Thursday  11:00  14:30
 Friday  N/A  15:00
 Saturday  11:00  N/A

Tour gift vouchers

Treat someone you know to one of our tour gift vouchers.

All Weather Lifeboat Tour for 2 -£10

College Discovery Tour for 2 - £15

To order your vouchers email or contact the reception team on 0300 300 7654.

Vouchers sent via postal delivery will be sent in a gift voucher presentation envelop by Royal Mail Second Class to arrive within 2-3 working days including Saturdays. They will arrive in a plain white envelope so as not to spoil any surprises.

Only original vouchers bearing a valid serial number will be accepted. RNLI College reserves the right to refuse vouchers which are damaged, defaced or do not feature a valid serial number. Please mention your voucher at the time of booking and present your voucher on arrival to the RNLI College. Where the total cost of dinner, accommodation or monetary value is more than the face value of the voucher, the balance must be settled on departure. Vouchers cannot be exchanged for cash neither in full or in part, where the total cost is less than the face value of the voucher,  vouchers will not be issued for the balance. Booking is necessary and is subject to availability.


The building is designed to be fully accessible to all guests and we have two lifts located at the reception for easy access to each floor. Tours are 90 minutes long and there is a considerable amount of walking involved. If any guests will be using a mobility aid on the day, please make us aware in advance so that we can allow sufficient volunteer tour guide support.

On the day

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

Visit the shop

Save enough time 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.

Training is fundamental to saving lives. Through the training of our own lifesavers and that of our college visitors, we’re making a difference to the number of lives saved at sea. In 2016, our volunteer lifeboat crews rescued 8,851 and save 431 lives. Our lifeguards additionally saved 127 lives and aided 20,538 people last year. And with every £1 spent at RNLI College, you too are helping us provide the training to save lives at sea.

Since March 2011 I have had the privilege to be part of a team of more than 30 Discovery Tour Guides at RNLI Support Centre in Poole.

The tour is an opportunity to express thanks on behalf of the crews for their support which enables the crews to do their task of saving lives at sea. 

To make a booking call us on +44(0)1202 336 141 or enquire online using the button below

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