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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 General Meeting: Wednesday, July 28 (Online)

    • Time: 7 to 9 pm
      Link to connect through Zoom: See BASK Calendar or BASK Facebook Group on July 28

      We have a great program for the General Meeting!

      The July meeting will be run by Tim Yarish.
      Speaker: Joe Berkovitz
      Topic: Joe will present pictures and stories from an 8-day group camping trip in the Westfjords of Iceland that took place in July 2018. The focus is on the picturesque nature and history of this remote area.
      Bio: Joe Berkovitz lives in Marblehead, MA; he is a sea kayaker and a recovering software developer. Professionally he is known for creating Noteflight, a web-based music composition app widely used in schools. He now spends a lot of time paddling in Atlantic waters from Connecticut to Maine, and regularly finds himself in Northern California visiting family. Joe holds a BCU Sea Leader award, and is active in organizing trips and practice sessions for his home club, North Shore Paddlers Network.