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, August 29


Featured Presentation:

  • Topic: Antarctica, A Frozen Paradise
  • Presenter: Mike Edwards
  • Presentation Summary: Mike will present about the life and beauty of Antarctica as well as the “Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration,” focusing on the amazing survival story of the Endurance expedition led by Sir Ernest Shackleton. Various species of Antarctic birds, especially penguins, as well as seals will be discussed. Of course, no Antarctic presentation would be complete without the majesty of the enormous glaciers and icebergs of the Antarctic continent. Mike is a retired classical clarinetist who has performed as soloist throughout the world. Mike was also an electrical engineer, and is retired from that profession as well. As a kayaker he has paddled many parts of the world, including Sea of Cortez, Hong Kong, Thailand, Scotland, Italian mainland, Sicily, Sardinia, Corsica, the Adriatic, and of course the Antarctic. In California, Mike is a member of BASK and WSK and in the state of Washington, the Olympic Kayak Club, where he has given other presentations of his various travels. img_lg_me_Antarctica

Other Agenda Items

  • New member introductions

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.