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, October 12


Featured Presentation

  • Topic: San Francisco Bay Area Water Trail – Explore the Bay Area’s Largest Open Space
  • Presenter: Ben Botkin
  • Presentation Summary: The San Francisco Bay Area Water Trail is a growing network of designated launching and landing sites, or “trailheads,” around San Francisco Bay. Planner Ben Botkin will provide an overview of the status of the Water Trail and explain how BASK members can get involved and help to further shape the future of water access on San Francisco Bay.
    Ben is the planner for the San Francisco Bay Area Water Trail program. Working closely with local municipalities, community groups, and non-profit organizations, Ben works to ensure that water access receives attention commensurate with the San Francisco Bay’s statewide and national recreational importance, and that the public interest with regard to improved water access and accessibility is recognized. In his free time, Ben is an avid outdoor explorer, enjoying hiking, biking, paddling, and camping throughout California and the Western US.


Above: Paddling the Water Trail, paddlers at Petaluma Marsh

 Other Agenda Items

  • Recent and upcoming events
  • New member introductions
  • Gear tips and tricks
  • Gwenn Bezard’s West Coast Adventure
  • And… our Skill Clinic Graduates!

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”.