In response to the outbreak of COVID-19 virus and requests from the the San Francisco Department of Health, the Dolphin Club remains closed through May 1st.

All activities at the club have been suspended. There will be no induction of members to the club in April, and the Board meeting will be held online. We’ll update this page as the situation evolves.

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.

Our Facilities

  • 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
  • Weight room
  • Flat-water rowing facility at Lake Merced
  • Exterior ramp for handicap access

Join the club!

We accept new members on the third Wednesday of each month during our Board of Governors meeting.

Arrive at 6:00 PM, orientation at 6:30 PM, and new members are at the top of the agenda when board meeting starts at 7:00 PM. Member-led club tour for the new members happens around 7:30 PM.

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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.

Public Access

The Dolphin Club is open to the public on alternating days with the South End Club, next door. Both 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, 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM for a daily fee of $10.00. January, March, May, July, September, November: Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. February, April, June, August, October, December: Wednesday and Friday. Closed Sundays and Mondays to the public. 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.