Station visits

Come and look behind the scenes at one of the RNLI’s busiest lifeboat stations.

The volunteer crew of Poole Lifeboat are on call 24/7, but they are not based at the lifeboat station full time. You are very welcome to visit us, but you do need to make an appointment.

Visits are free, although donations are always welcome.

Your visit will last around 45-60 minutes and will include a tour of the lifeboat station and a brief presentation about the work of the RNLI. You will learn how the lifeboat is launched, the main dangers and typical launches in our area. You will see the crew room where our volunteers meet and do some of our training and also our kit room where the crew change in to their personal protective equipment to go out on a shout.

We hope that you may also have the chance to look inside our modern floating boathouse where Poole’s two inshore lifeboats are kept and maintained (access cannot be guaranteed due to health and safety and operational reasons).

Please note that we are a working lifeboat station and visits may be altered at short notice for operational reasons.

The station has steep stairs and narrow over-water walkways. There is limited seating. The visit is therefore unsuitable for children under 8 years old or certain disability groups. Please note that we do not have car parking or toilet facilities for you at the lifeboat station. There is a pay and display car park close by on The Quay.

Please download and complete our Visits Form, you can then send it to

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For further information, or to arrange a visit to Poole Lifeboat Station, please contact:

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If you would like to visit the RNLI College, also in Poole, where crew members and lifeguards are trained, please contact:

RNLI College Tours

How to find us:

Poole Lifeboat Station is located on Poole Quay next to the old lifting bridge.


Poole Lifeboat Station
The Quay
BH15 1HA

Telephone: 01202 665607