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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, February 24 (Online)

    • Time: 7 to 9 pm
      Link to connect through Zoom: See BASK Calendar, website member's home page, Buzz, or BASK Facebook Group

      We have a great program for the General Meeting!

      • Open Discussion and Recent Trip Reports
      • 2021 Budget Vote
      • Club Announcements
      • BASK Photo Talent Show Series Premiere: Joe Petolino on "What's down there? Photos from Joe's underwater adventures, from the Caribbean to the Coral Triangle
      • Presentation: Gwenn Bëzard and Stuart Cook on "Solo Multi-Day Sea Kayaking in Northern California"

      It's time for a review of the BASK 2020 financials and presentation of the 2021 budget ( The proposed budget has been discussed at recent planning meetings and all officers as well as those attending the February 7 planning meeting have reviewed and unanimously approved. For those of you who have not attended those meetings, the budget will presented and put to a vote at the February 24th general meeting. For those of you who want the details behind all this and are suffering from insomnia, please go to this Google spreadsheet:

      Photo show description: Joe has been a BASKer almost from the beginning, and has served the club in many capacities, including President, Skills Clinic Coordinator, Database Manager, Trip Planner Developer, and Paddlin' Gourmet. His love of the ocean also extends below the surface, having made many hundreds of scuba dives both locally and around the world, including the Caribbean, the Galapagos Islands, and the tropical Western Pacific. Tonight he will share some of his favorite underwater photographs, showcasing the diversity of life in our oceans.

      Presentation description: Sea Kayaking is instructed as a team sport, and for good safety reasons. Yet many paddlers, by choice or by necessity, end up paddling solo, including on multi-day trips. BASKers Stuart Cook & Gwenn Bëzard will share their inspiration for doing short, solo multi-day trips, how they built the confidence to do so, the people who inspired them, the skills they viewed as essential to venture alone, and what they learned in the process.