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, July 27


Featured Presentation

  • Topic: Environmental Research in San Francisco Bay and Beyond
  • Presenter: Erin Blackwood
  • Presentation Summary: Scientists and students at SF State University’s Romberg Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies (RTC) have studied San Francisco Bay and marine environments around the world since 1978. Current research on habitat restoration, harmful algal blooms, and the impacts of climate change and ocean acidification in coastal environments will be shared by Outreach Coordinator and long-time SF Bay kayaker Erin Blackwood.

RTC from SF Bay
Salty Dog at Pt. Molate

Above: RTC from SF Bay, Salty Dog at Pt. Molate


 Other Agenda Items

  • Recent and upcoming events
  • New member introductions
  • Gear tips and tricks
  • 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. There will be no available parking at the Mission High School lot this month.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.