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.  This unique experience is currently closed to the general public due to Covid-19 restrictions. 

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

Visitors have access to the Experience Room, (via lift) on the 1st floor, and the viewing gallery where you can get up close to the Shannon Class Lifeboat, Denise and Eric.  A member of their volunteer Visits Team will happily talk to you and answer your questions.

Visitors can watch some of the videos about the Station, the Lifeboats and the work of the RNLI and there are various things for the children to help them keep safe in and around water. There is a shop which sells RNLI merchandise.

They are happy to organise group visits for Schools, youth and adult organisations. If you would like to have a group visit, please contact the Lifeboat Vists Officer, Colin Ryecraft on 07956 546542 or for more information visit the Selsey Lifeboats website.

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


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Lifeboat Week

A date for the diary is the first week of August, the annual Lifeboat Week, full of fun packed of activities, a firework display and other experiences in aid of Fundraising for the RNLI, generously supported by many Selsey businesses and residents.     

Launch Day, held on the final Sunday of Lifeboat Week, is especially popular with families, with events going on all day including Stalls, Fun Fair, Raft Race culminating in an exciting demonstration by Selsey Lifeboats, the Coast Guard and visiting Lifeboat crews. 

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