RNLI Selsey Lifeboat Station Visitor Centre

Shannon lifeboat outside Selsey Lifeboat Station
RNLI Selsey Lifeboat Station, courtesy of CoastalJJ
Launch of RNLI Selsey Lifeboat at East Beach
Launch of RNLI Selsey Lifeboat at East Beach, courtesy of CoastalJJ
RNLI Selsey Lifeboat out on manoevre in the open sea
RNLI Selsey Lifeboat Out on the Sea, courtesy of CoastalJJ
A coastguard helicopter hovers over the RNLI Selsey lifeboat as an individual is hoisted up to the helicopter.  This was part of the display during RNLI Selsey Lifeboat week.
Coastguard Helicopter and Lifeboat in Action, courtesy of CoastalJJ

Discover Selsey’s working Lifeboat Station complete with crew on duty 24/7.

Selsey has operated and crewed a Lifeboat Station for over 155 years!

When you visit Selsey Lifeboat Station, a member of the Visits Team will welcome you to the Experience Room on the first floor (a lift is available).  Here you will be able to see the Shannon All Weather Lifeboat at close quarters and learn about the brave crews who have been saving lives in Selsey since 1861 and the wider work of the RNLI.  Young people can enjoy watching videos of our lifeboats in action, learn about water safety and even dress up as a crew member!

The Lifeboat Station will be pleased to arrange a Group Visit for Schools, youth and adult organisations.  If you would like to arrange a group visit, please contact the Lifeboat Visits Officer, Colin Raycraft on 07956546542 or email colin.rycraft@outlook.com

The shop at the lifeboat station offers an exclusive range of RNLI merchandise which will which appeal to visitors of all ages.  

The Visitor Centre and Lifeboat shop is open from 10.30am until 4:00pm, Tuesday to Sunday.

Address: Kingsway, Selsey, West Sussex, PO20 0DL

Keep an eye out for their regular events posted on the Selsey RNLI Facebook page

This year, 2024, the RNLI is celebrating 200 years of saving lives at sea and the RNLI Selsey team have planned a number of exciting events in this celebratory year.  One definite date for the diary is the annual Lifeboat week which will be held from 28 July to 4 August.  This will be a fun packed week of activities, including a firework display, funfair, quiz, musical and performing acts and other experiences for all the family.  These events are generously supported by many Selsey businesses and residents.  

Lifeboat Day on the final Sunday is especially popular with families, and this year will feature 'Lifeboat Village' on the green, locally produced artisan crafts, food and drink will be available together with live music from local bands and exciting water activities to include demonstrations by Selsey Lifeboats, the Coast Guard and visiting Lifeboat crews (weather and operational commitments permitting).

Copy courtesy of RNLI Selsey. 

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Demonstration by Selsey Lifeboats, the Coast Guard and visiting Lifeboat crews. 

RNLI Selsey Lifeboat outside Lifeboat Station at East Beach

RNLI Selsey Lifeboat Day Raft Race

Thank you to Dave Fotheringham and RNLI Selsey for providing this editorial. 

Thank you to Coastal JJ for providing the photographs