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, June 28


Featured Presentation:

  • Topic: Management and Restoration of the San Pablo Bay and Marin Islands National Wildlife Refuges
  • Presenter: Don Brubaker, Manager US Fish & Wildlife San Pablo Bay NWR
  • Presentation Summary: The National Wildlife Refuge System is a network of over 565 refuges over the United States and territories. The US Fish & Wildlife Service administers these refuges, and seven can be visited in the Bay Area. Marin Islands and San Pablo Bay NWRs will be showcased. These refuges were established to protect and provide habitat for migratory birds, endangered species, and provide the public a place to come and enjoy wildlife-dependent recreation. What’s that? Come find out!
    San Pablo Bay NWR is undergoing restoration efforts to revert land back to estuarine habitat. Did you know that over a quarter of all the estuarine habitat that existed in San Francisco and San Pablo Bays occurred off the top of San Pablo Bay? Imagine what kayaking would have been like back 125 years ago! Come see what’s been happening to turn back the clock.
    Kayaking Sears Point in the San Pablo Bay NWR

    Kayaking Sears Point in the San Pablo Bay NWR

    Rookery monitory by kayak at the Marin Islands

    Rookery monitory by kayak at the Marin Islands

Other Agenda Items

  • Recent and upcoming events
  • New member introductions
  • Skills Clinic class of 2017
  • Mendo Madness update

Transportation & Parking: You can take BART to the 16th & Mission station; it’s a short three-block walk to the Women’s Building. Note: Parking will NOT be available at Mission High School this month. If you need to drive, carpooling and parking west of Mission St. are recommended. There are two parking garages in the area. For trip planning information, see the Women’s Building contact page.