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Welcome to BASK

BASK Response to COVID-19 Pandemic


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! We welcome as members all individuals interested in kayaking. We’re committed to building a diverse and inclusive paddling club and to sharing our enthusiasm, skills, and knowledge to increase equity and access to our sport.


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, currently online due to the pandemic! They are free and open to the public. 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 BASK General Meeting: Wednesday, August 31 (Virtual)

    • Time: 7 pm (Virtual)
      About: All members are welcome to attend the virtual General Meeting, hosted on Zoom. Keep up on BASK plans and activities. Listen to notable speakers. Join in on fun and educational kayaking-related activities.

      Location: Zoom Meeting (invitation will be posted on the BASK calendar). Note: The speaker portion of this meeting will be recorded.

      Agenda Highlights:

      • Upcoming paddles and events
      • Welcome new members
      • What is Mendo Week all about?
      • Planning meeting highlights
      • Tales from the Skills Clinic: From the swimming pool to the surf zone
      • Gearhead with Nathan Moody
      • Muscle of the month with Mary Ann Furda
      • Featured Presentation: "Circumnavigating Milos, Greece"

      Questions: Tom Colton, BASK President,

      Presentation Description: Nathan Moody and Krista Fechner will share their experiences paddling in the Aegean Sea around the island of Milos (with fellow BASKers Brian Alger and Lisa Rohe). They enjoyed warm turquoise waters, innumerable caves, stunning rock features, and scrumptious food on a guided trip with Sea Kayak Milos. They'll discuss the factors, focusing on history and geology, that make Milos a fantastic paddling destination suitable for paddlers of all skill levels.
      Nathan and Krista are BASK Skills Clinic grads from 2011 and have been volunteering with the Clinic and many other aspects of BASK ever since.

      Top to bottom: Columnar basalt formations off of N Milos; basalt meets volcanic ash in SW Milos; ancient Roman sulfur mines in SE Milos

      How to Attend:
      **** ZOOM INFO WILL BE POSTED on the BASK calendar****
      Zoom info will NOT be on Buzz.
      Zoom info will NOT be on the BASK website except in the calendar.

      Please do not share Zoom information on social media.
      You must confirm that you have access to the BASK calendar prior to the meeting. Please do not wait until the last minute to do this. We may not have the resources to assist you at the last minute.

      Please make your Zoom “Display Name” your real name, as it is listed in the BASK directory. Here is information on how to do that:
      If your Zoom display name is, “I am a ZoomBoomber” and we can not easily verify that you are a legitimate BASK member, we may kick you out of the meeting.