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, March 29


Featured Presentation

  • Topic: Piloting in San Francisco Bay
  • Presenter: Mark Manes
  • Presentation Summary: Mark Manes will show BASK some of the challenges to piloting in San Francisco Bay, and some of the hazards that we can avoid as recreational boaters.
    Mark Manes, Bar Pilot
    Mark graduated from California Maritime Academy in 1995. After CMA, he worked at various jobs in the industry and spent almost 15 years on tug boats in SF Bay. He started the SF Bar Pilots training program in January of 2011 and completed his training in June of 2012 after 539 jobs under the supervision of senior pilots. Since then, he has piloted over 900 ships of all sizes and shapes including oil tankers, bulkers, naval vessels, cruise ships, container ships, yachts, and car ships.

 Other Agenda Items

  • Recent and upcoming events
  • New member introductions
  • Vote for next year’s BASK officers

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.

Note: This presentation will NOT be broadcast as a “virtual meeting” or recorded.