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, January 31


Featured Presentation

  • Topic: Seabird Protection Network
  • Presenter: Wendy Kordesch


    Photos by Ron LeValley, Row Lowe, and Jim Tietz

  • Presentation Summary: California’s coast offers unparalleled views of wildlife and scenery. This presentation will showcase the wild history of our local coastal wildlife and discuss how paddlers can be partners in their conservation. We’ll share how to identify high concentrations of seabirds and sensitive wildlife, and offer tips on how to avoid them when you’re on the water. Join us to make your next coastal paddle a safe and fun experience!

    img_md_unk_WendyKordeschPresenter Wendy Kordesch is the Outreach Specialist for the Seabird Protection Network, a collaborative program of the Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary that partners with coastal users to help wildlife thrive on our coasts. She holds a PhD in Ocean Science, and has taught at Santa Clara University. She is a Bay Area native who is frequently spotted swimming in the Bay’s nearshore waters.

Other Agenda Items

  • New member introductions

Transportation & Parking: You can take BART to the 16th & Mission station; it’s a short three-block walk to the Women’s Building. If you must drive all the way, we have a special arrangement that allows us to park in the Mission High School lot on the west side of Delores Street between 17th and 18th Streets. The parking driveway is closer to 17th Street and takes you up a ramp to an elevated parking slab behind a chain link fence, as shown in this Google Street View. From there, it’s a two-block walk. Put something that says “BASK” on your your dashboard. The lot will be locked at 10 pm, so make sure you’re out well before then. Other parking in the Mission is limited. If you need to drive, carpooling and parking west of Mission St. are recommended. There are two parking garages in the area. For trip planning information, see the Women’s Building contact page.