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Welcome to BASK

Bay Area Sea Kayakers (BASK) is a non-profit 501(c7) sports club 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, education, exploration, learning, and great food and drink! We're committed to safety both on and off the water, and our club holds insurance through Paddlesports Risk Management. We offer an inexpensive annual Skills Clinic to members, as well as numerous free clinics on skills, rescue, and safety throughout the year. 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, either online or in person. They are free and open to the public; in-person meetings include food (suggested donation $8-10). 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 Seekers. Interested in what type of speakers we’ve had in the past? See a representative list of previous general meeting topics.

BASK Health Guidelines

For the safety of participants at all BASK paddles and other in-person activities, please stay home and join us another time if:

  • You're experiencing symptoms of any communicable respiratory illness
  • You're testing positive for COVID-19, even if you're feeling well
  • In the past week, you've been exposed to someone with COVID-19 via shared air

If you develop COVID-19 symptoms or test positive for COVID-19 within a week of attending an in-person BASK activity, please let the event initiator know. This will allow the initiator to inform other participants, who can then choose to self-test or take other precautions such as obtaining pharmaceutical COVID-19 treatments if they develop symptoms.


  • Next BASK General Meeting: Wednesday, February 28, 6 pm (Virtual)

    • Join us for a virtual meeting to hear the latest club news, and enjoy our featured speaker, Aijun Zhang, describing the new Bay Area Current Forecasting System: "Overview of NOAA’s Coastal Ocean Operational Forecast Systems and Forecast Products in San Francisco Bay."

      You'll want to join promptly at 6 pm because we'll start with our featured speaker, as he is on the East Coast. After his talk, we'll also recognize new members and introduce upcoming paddles, as well as cover any new club business.

      Aijun Zhang is a team leader from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Ocean Service, and will be presenting on his group's efforts to develop and implement 15 coastal ocean Operational Forecast Systems (OFS) in the past 20 years based on community ocean models.

      These OFS provide valuable forecast guidance for the maritime community in various applications such as navigation efficiency and safety, emergency response and rescue, ecosystem forecasting, and most importantly for BASK, recreation!

      His presentation will give an overview of the current status and development of these new capabilities, and how and where to access the OFS products. He'll also demonstrate the visualization from OceansMap and web pages from the San Francisco Bay Operational Forecast System (SFBOFS).

      These systems have been invaluable for all of our Bay Paddlers, and have been integrated into BASK's Trip Planner. They will continue to be of great use for every Bay paddler, especially during the upcoming Gonzo Paddle!

      Zoom details: As usual, Zoom details will be posted on the BASK calendar on the day of the meeting. Please be sure your first and last name are entered as your participant name.

      Got ideas for meetings or locations? Contact Cris Lewis, BASK President