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, May 25


Featured Presentation

  • Topic: Exploring and Protecting the Last One: The Free Flowing and Wild Yampa River
  • Presenter: Patrick Tierney
  • Presentation Summary: Explore the wild side with Patrick Tierney, a veteran river rafting guide and former national park ranger, with photos from renowned photographer John Fielder. The Yampa River is the last major free-flowing river in the seven-state Colorado River Basin. From its source at over 11,500 feet in northwestern Colorado to its confluence with the Green River 249 miles later in the 2,500-foot-deep canyons of Dinosaur National Monument, the Yampa retains a wilder nature along its banks and a more natural flow pattern than other large rivers in the southwest. You’ll start at the headwaters then llama-pack and float to learn why the Yampa river corridor is considered one of the richest in native flora and fauna, geology and history, as well as a scenic and fun rafting trip. It is a benchmark by which other rivers are compared.

    Patrick will bring a few books with him to sell and sign.

Yampa River
Yampa Book

 Other Agenda Items

  • Recent and upcoming events
  • New member introductions
  • Gear tips and tricks
  • And more!

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. is recommended. There are two parking garages in the area. For trip planning information, see the Women’s Building contact page.