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, August 30


Featured Presentation:

  • Topic: Paddling in Paradise: Sea Kayak Adventures to Remote Tropical Pacific and Caribbean Islands
  • Presenter: Joshua Ladau
  • Presentation Summary: Over the past several years, BASK member Joshua Ladau has gone on five sea kayaking expeditions to tropical destinations that are likely unknown but would be of interest to many paddlers: the Guna Yala (Panama), Sian Ka’an (Mexico), Exumas (Bahamas), Tetepare (Solomon Islands), and East Rennell (Solomon Islands, possibly the first ever kayaking expedition there). These trips have been both unguided and guided, and all have been done on a small budget. This presentation will present a combination of pictures and stories from these adventures, and provide valuable information for anyone who might be interested in visiting these destinations.
    East Rennell (left) and Exumas (right)
    Above: East Rennell, Solomon Islands (left) and Exumas, Bahamas (right)
    Below: Guna Yala, Panama (left) and Sian Ka’an, Mexico (right)
    Guna Yala (left) and Sian Ka'an (right)

Other Agenda Items

  • Recent and upcoming events
  • 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. Note: Parking will NOT be available at Mission High School this month. 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.