The Dolphin Club was founded in 1877 and today is a nonprofit, public-access athletic organization with a diverse membership of about 1500 women and men. Our members swim in the waters of Aquatic Park, row in the Bay and on Lake Merced, play in handball tournaments, and participate in the annual Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon.
Boathouses for rowboats and kayaks
Men’s and women’s locker rooms with showers and saunas
Two upstairs lounge areas
Ground-floor toilet and shower facilities
Inflatable motor craft to maintain safety during club swims
Flat-water rowing facility at Lake Merced
Exterior ramp for handicap access
Only club members who have completed our certification courses may use our water craft. Visiting non-members may not use any of our rowing boats or kayaks.
Please take off your wet wetsuit on the deck by the boathouse and hang it with the other wetsuits until you are ready to leave. Our building is over a century old. Wetsuits leave a lot of water that damages the floors and the puddles are a hazard for everyone.
The Dolphin Club is open to the public on alternating days with the South End Club, next door. Daily use fee is $10.00.
The Dolphin Club and South End Club buildings are owned by the S.F. Recreation and Parks Department and leased to the clubs. Both facilities are open to the public on alternate days each month, Tuesday through Saturday, 10AM to 5PM for a daily fee of $10.00. Sign the waiver and deposit it and your cash or check in the box at the entrance and sign the log book. Ring doorbell for access.
January, March, May, July, September, November:
Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday, 10AM to 5PM
February, April, June, August, October, December:
Wednesday and Friday, 10AM to 5PM
Closed Sundays and Mondays to the public.