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). The format of each meeting may vary a bit month to month, but they tend to include members sharing stories, featured speakers, 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 March 25th (Online)

  • Location: Due to Covid-19 shelter in place order, the event will take place online. The event is free and open to BASK members and non-members provided they have reserved a seat. Members should sign-up the sheet available on the BASK calendar and shared via Buzz. Non-members should contact baskgeneralmeeting@gmail.com to reserve a seat.
  • Participants will need a computer or smartphone to join the online meeting.
  • 6:00 pm: event starts. Event will feature a presentation by fellow BASKers Kathryn Hayes and Peter Caldwell, narrating their sea kayaking adventure in Thailand over a slideshow.

Photo by Peter Caldwell