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.
Next General Meeting: Wednesday, August 31
- Topic: Porpoises, Dolphins, and Whales of San Francisco Bay
- Presenter: Bill Keener
- Presentation Summary: Golden Gate Cetacean Research biologist Bill Keener will present the results of the latest research on the porpoises, dolphins, and whales of San Francisco Bay. Hear his observations about the recent unexpected influx of humpback whales feeding in the Bay. Learn about changes to the local ecosystem that played a role in bringing back the porpoises to the Bay, and what this may mean for our coast.
Above: Bill Keener, Humpbacks under the Golden Gate Bridge
Other Agenda Items
- Recent and upcoming events
- New member introductions
- Gear tips and tricks
- MOM (Muscle of the Month)
- 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. 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 location & directions page.
Note: This presentation will NOT be “broadcast” as a “virtual meeting”. However, we are going to try to record it and make the recording available afterwards.