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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.

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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.

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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 BASK General Meeting: Wednesday, September 28 (Virtual)

    • Time: 7 pm (Virtual)
      About: All members are welcome to attend the virtual General Meeting, hosted on Zoom. Keep up on BASK plans and activities. Listen to notable speakers. Join in on fun and educational kayaking-related activities.

      Location: Zoom Meeting (invitation will be posted on the BASK calendar). Note: The speaker portion of this meeting will be recorded.

      Agenda Highlights:

      • Upcoming paddles and events
      • Welcome new members
      • Planning meeting highlights
      • Tales from the Skills Clinic: Tomales Bay overnight and graduation
      • Gearhead with Nathan Moody
      • Muscle of the month with Mary Ann Furda
      • Featured Presentation: "Kayak Camping in Glacier Bay National Park, Southeast Alaska–June, July 2022" presented by Rich Luibrand

      Questions: Tom Colton, BASK President, tcolton@berkeley.edu

      Presentation Description: Rich Luibrand will describe his recent 5-week kayaking expedition with four other BASK members in Alaska's Glacier Bay National Park. With its jaw-dropping scenery, Glacier Bay has a unique allure: glaciers, snow-covered alpine peaks, whales, bears, and birds in abundance. Alaska is a wonderland where the highs are often accompanied by less-pleasant experiences such as biting insects, unforgiving weather, and tidal exchanges that can exceed 24 feet. Still, these annoyances can be minimized with insect repellant, proper clothing, and an attitude that embraces the hard work of carrying heavy kayaks and gear to high ground to keep them from being washed away by a rising tide. The good times seem so much better when you have earned them by enduring the hardships.
      Rich Luibrand is a 24-year BASK veteran, former BASK president, and known for outstanding photography.




      References
      The Kayaker’s Companion to Glacier Bay by David Bahr
      (www.bahrimages.com/glacierbay/kayakerscompanion.html)
      Glacier Bay Sea Kayaking (www.glacierbayseakayaks.com/)
      Glacier Bay National Park (http://nps.gov/glba/)

      Useful Apps and Website
      TideGraphPro: iPhone and Android
      GaiaGPS: iPhone and Android
      Gaiagps.com: website

      How to Attend:
      **** ZOOM INFO WILL BE POSTED on the BASK calendar****
      Zoom info will NOT be on Buzz.
      Zoom info will NOT be on the BASK website except in the calendar.

      Please do not share Zoom information on social media.
      You must confirm that you have access to the BASK calendar prior to the meeting. Please do not wait until the last minute to do this. We may not have the resources to assist you at the last minute.

      Please make your Zoom “Display Name” your real name, as it is listed in the BASK directory. Here is information on how to do that:
      https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/201363203-Customizing-your-profile
      If your Zoom display name is, “I am a ZoomBoomber” and we can not easily verify that you are a legitimate BASK member, we may kick you out of the meeting.