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: Weds, March 25


Featured Presentation

Chilly Water

  • Topic: Hypothermia Research
  • Presenter: Thomas J. Nuckton, MD
  • Presentation Summary: Dr. Tom Nuckton is a critical care physician with Sutter Health and an Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. In addition to caring for patients with critical illnesses, he does research on a wide range of critical care topics, including immersion hypothermia. His hypothermia research includes studies of the famous Alcatraz swimmers, who swim year-round in the San Francisco Bay without wetsuits. Additionally, his research has been used to validate the immersion survival tables currently used by the United States Coast Guard. He lectures widely to search and rescue organizations on immersion survival, hypothermia treatment, and drowning prevention.

Other agenda items:

  • Election of BASK officers for 2015-16
  • BASK’s 30th anniversary
  • Recent and upcoming events
  • Website update
  • New member introductions
  • Your welcome contributions