Welcome to BASK

Bay Area Sea Kayakers (BASK) is a group of several hundred sea kayakers who live throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. Our interests include flat-water paddling, kayak-surfing, expeditions, and playing amongst the rocks, in conditions that range from mild to wild. Our club exists to bring paddlers together for companionship, safety, exploration, learning, and great food and drink!



BASK trips range from local to international, and are all member-initiated with shared responsibilities for safety. BASK does not supply boats or equipment, although some members are willing to share their equipment. You have to be a member or a guest of a member to participate in on-the-water BASK events and a signed activity waiver is required. Follow the links to learn more about the benefits of membership and to join BASK.


We invite you to attend one of our monthly meetings! They are free, open to the public, and include food (suggested donation $8-10), a featured speaker, club news, and information about upcoming events. It’s a great way to meet club members and learn about paddling opportunities.

For more information see the Events page!

Would you like to speak at a BASK meeting or have an idea for a speaker? Contact the Speaker Seeker. Interested in what type of speakers we’ve had in the past? See the list of previous general meeting topics.


Next General Meeting: Wednesday, February 25


Featured Presentation

  • Topic: Paddling in Sensitive Seabird Sanctuaries
  • Presenter: Mai Maheigan
  • Presentation Summary: Mai works with the Seabird Protection Network to reduce human disturbance of marine wildlife in the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary and other areas along the California coast. (This is a repeat of Mai’s September, 2014 presentation, which many members missed because it occurred during the same week as the annual Mendocino camping trip.)

Also on the agenda: Announcement of the nominees for BASK officers; the revamped website, and how to use some of its new features; BASK 30th anniversary; Safety and Education Leads; recent events; upcoming events; and, of course your welcome contributions.

Note: Feburary’s presentation will NOT be live-streamed to members who are unable to attend in person.