Take the Plunge

Founded in 1877, the Dolphin Swimming and Boating Club is a diverse and thriving community of people from all over the Bay Area and the world. We are an adventurous and safety-minded club that loves the San Francisco Bay.

The Dolphin Club is currently near capacity. We’re making every effort to ensure that the club continues to work for everyone—members, both new and long-standing, as well as the general public. To that end, we are limiting new members to 10 per month. Please read the application steps below carefully.

While you are waiting we welcome you to use the club on a day-use basis. The club is open to the public, Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. The day-use fee can be paid either in cash ($10.00), by check ($12.00), or by credit card ($12.67.) 

Membership Includes:

  • Keyed, year-round access to our historic clubhouse on San Francisco’s Aquatic Park cove.
  • Use of all club facilities, including handball court, gym, hot showers and saunas, communal kitchen, and community areas.
  • Use of boats, including our historic wooden fleet, after completing the mandatory rowing training (offered monthly).
  • Organized club swims and rows throughout the year. (Note: You must be a member in good standing for six months before participating in out-of-cove swims. Alcatraz and Golden Gate swims require three qualifying swims and two swim helps.)
  • Opportunity to join annual Escape From Alcatraz Triathlon (the original!)
  • Dolphin Log print publication—three editions per year.
  • Social events including mixers, dinners, and lectures open to all members.
  • A range of volunteer opportunities, including events, governance, community support, and fleet and facility maintenance.

How to Join

  • Explore the website and this document to determine if this is the club for you. We encourage you to use the club on our public access days – Mon/Weds/Fri from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. to become familiar with it prior to joining. Please note that there is a day-use fee which is payable in cash ($10.00), by check ($12.00), or by credit card ($12.67.)

  • Apply via the Online Application Form [See DSBC Privacy and Data Security Policy]. The form will be open at  7 a.m on the 1st Wednesday of the month. Applications will be accepted on a first come first served basis, and limited to 10 people. If you have applied previously, you will need to complete the online application again.

  • Check your email (please check your junk/spam folders too) for a message from the Membership Director. Successful applicants will be notified, and asked to pay the $127 Initiation Fee to secure their spot. Waitlisted applicants will be notified of their position on the wait list. If you change your mind about joining, please let us know so that the next person on the waiting list will be able to join.

  • Pay the Initiation Fee by the 2nd Wednesday of the month. Non payment of the Initiation Fee will result in your spot being opened up to the waitlist.

  • Attend the New Member meeting on the 3rd Wednesday of the month at 5:30 p.m. to complete the application process. 

  • Pay the annual dues – prorated and due at time of joining

2024 Fees and Annual Dues 

$127 One-time non-refundable initiation fee 
$583 Regular members
$523 Senior members (age 65 and over)
$145 Out of Town members (residing more than 100 miles from the Club) 

Have questions? Need additional information? Please contact

Applicants for membership to the Dolphin Club shall not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, age, ancestry, national origin, sex, political affiliation, sexual orientation, physical handicap, marital status, medical condition (cancer related) conditions diagnosed as Acquired Immune Deficiency or AIDS Related Conditions, or any other grounds prohibited by law. – San Francisco Rec and Park Commission Resolution 161619a