Education and Schools

The RNLI works tirelessly to help prevent emergencies on the water by spreading the word about safety in a professional, positive and age-appropriate way. For instance:

  • We can arrange an educational visit to an Isle of Wight RNLI Lifeboat Station with a qualified educator on hand to provide safety messaging and tasks to continue back in the classroom
  • Visits by schools or groups to the Inshore Lifeboat Centre in East Cowes can be arranged – watch the RNLI’s inshore boats being built!
  • We can arrange visits to schools on the Island or online learning sessions
  • There are lots of educational materials available from us and from the RNLI website including free lesson plans and topics

Please enquire about your specific needs in the first instance by e-mailing:

Schools Mini-lifeboat Competition 

To mark the Bicentenary of the RNLI, the Isle of Wight RNLI Lifeboat Board will invite entries from Island Schools to build a “Mini-Lifeboat” with curriculum-appropriate tasks for Key Stage 1, 2 or 3 classes. Entries may be submitted up to 31st March 2024.

Please Click Here to see PDF file for full details.

Entries: Please submit your intention to enter by sending the following details to

Name of school

Name of class

Name of staff contact

e-mail address for school

Entry details should be submitted by 31st March 2024 and models should be ready for display by mid July 2024. A “float-off” to decide the winners will be held in summer 2024. Winning models will go on public display.


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