Sailings around Poole Harbour and to Wareham • Free Trips from May to September every year


Volunteers & Membership

Volunteer Help

We are always looking for volunteers to help on BOTH sides of the Charity.

There is a constant need for help in Fund Raising, and anyone who is able to give some time in helping will be most welcome. There are different Fund Raising Events and we try to raise around £15,000 each year to cover upkeep and running costs.  If you can give us some of your time, please contact Tony Elgar Tel. No 01202 849325.

We are always grateful for any volunteers to help crew Dolphin, you don’t need a knowledge of the sea!

 Volunteer skippers would need to have a knowledge of boat handling and seamanship.   

If you would like to get involved with our wonderful Trust, please contact Tony Elgar 01202 849325 or Steve Quinlan on 01202 982177.


We are pleased to accept enquiries for Associate Membership of the Friends of Dolphin. Register with us for £10 per year for a single person or £15 for a couple.  Both membership and donations can be paid in conjunction with Gift Aid (if you are a taxpayer). This allows us to reclaim the tax on that sum (£2.80 on every £10.00). 

Membership may also be paid by Standing Order.  All you need to do is to contact Bob Irwin on 01258 857806, and he will be pleased to send you the forms for you to complete and return.

Frequently Asked Questions

Please see some of the common questions we get asked about our trips.

Can’t find a question you’re looking for?

Yes, please ring the Booking Secretary on 01202 875867 as soon as you know you need to cancel. By doing this we can offer your places to someone else.

Please arrive 15 minutes before the time of your trip.

Please wait opposite the Tesco convenience store for a member of our crew who will be wearing a bright yellow polo shirt.

The harbour trip lasts approximately 2 hours.

The Wareham trip lasts approximately 4 hours and includes a stop off at Wareham quay where you may like to purchase fish and chips for your group before returning to Poole Quay. Ask the crew when you get on board.

Passengers cannot get off the boat at Wareham Quay.

Please let us know as soon as possible so other people may book the trip.

Dolphin is run entirely by unpaid volunteers. We have no paid staff.

The trips are free of charge. We rely on donations to keep us afloat!

If the weather is not suitable for a safe and comfortable trip it is cancelled and the skipper will contact you to let you know. Please ensure you have given us a telephone number so that you are contactable at all times.

If it is just inclement weather the deck area where you sit is covered and has transparent side covers too.

No. Only the crew.

Dolphin III waits for passengers in Poole Quay Boat Haven, Poole Town Quay, Poole, Dorset. BH15 1HJ

Passengers should not enter Poole Quay Boat Haven without a member of the crew from Dolphin III

You can drop off your passengers opposite the Tesco convenience store on Poole Quay.

There are plenty of Car Parks in the area, click on the link to see more information:

Yes, there is a wheelchair accessible toilet on board.

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