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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: Sunday, May 15 (China Camp SP)

    • Date: Sunday, May 15, 2022, 8:50 AM - 11:10 AM

      About: All members and guests are welcome to attend this first in-person meeting in over 2 years. Keep up on BASK plans and activities. Learn the history of one of our favorite kayaking spots. Enjoy brunch and the option of launching your kayak afterward for a shoreline cleanup. Part of the meeting will be held in the well-ventilated museum, where masks will be required.

      Location: The village waterfront at China Camp State Park. Limited parking, with satellite lot and shuttle for overflow. Carpools are encouraged.

      Sign up: For food planning and parking, please sign up.

      Agenda Highlights

      • Welcome to China Camp by Martin Lowenstein, Executive Director of Friends of China Camp
      • Featured Presentation: Historic look at the China Camp Village. John Muir, FOCC Director, will tell us about the Chinese fishing village and the traditional fishing vessels Grace Quan and Franca that he built at China Camp in recent years. John is the Curator of Small Craft at the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park, where he researches, designs, builds, and sails replicas of extinct historic Bay Area watercraft.
      • Break for catered brunch. $10 donation requested
      • Welcome New Members
      • Upcoming Paddles and Events
      • New Initiative: A chart on every deck
      • Gearhead with Nathan Moody
      • Planning meeting highlights

      Optional: Stay on or come for shoreline cleanup by kayak at noon, additional paddling after

      Questions: Tom Colton,