Tuesday Club “Works Outing” to RNLI Headquarters
It’s not all hard work, being a Tuesday Club member! Recently we decided it was time for a “Works Outing”, so 12 of us set off on a rather wet and misty Wednesday morning to the RNLI HQ in Poole.
Rather a long way for a day trip, but well worth it. We had booked two tours – both taking place in the afternoon, giving us time to enjoy a really good lunch before-hand in the RNLI Restaurant. This is open to the public and provides really good meals at very reasonable cost in their beautifully designed restaurant overlooking Harbour.
There is also a RNLI shop where some of us stocked up on Christmas Cards etc. After lunch, our first tour was of the RNLI College and we were shown the pool where the volunteer lifeboat crew members are trained in rescue and survival. We were also given a ride in a simulator and asked to spot casualties in the water whom we then had to try to rescue. It was so realistic, and the sea so rough, that several of us felt rather sea sick.
A short break and a cup of tea and it was time for our second tour of the day. This time we were split into two groups and taken into the boat building sheds and shown all the processes that go into building the different classes of lifeboats. Apart from the inflatable boats, the RNLI design and build all their own boats. They sell-off old ones when they replace them with updated versions, having stripped them of all the useful electronics, which they reuse where possible. It was an extremely interesting day out, and I would thoroughly recommend it to anyone. Remember, if you feel a bit dodgy in the simulator, just shut your eyes – it doesn’t move! It’s all in your mind - something we were not advised-of until afterwards!
Thanks to Alan Todd, Brian Dart and Donal Roche who did all the driving.