A brightly colored dinghy tacks in McCovey Cove

Our Mission

We strive to make all aspects of sailing accessible. Learn more about what we do.

Join Us

Membership is open to people with disabilities and their families, friends, caregivers and assistants – including you! (Read our guest policy!)

Dues are $50/year for individuals or $100 for families, and cover all the sailing you can stand. Join now!


Volunteers assist sailors, provide safety using a chase boat, teach basic sailing skills and help assemble and disassemble boats.  All you really need is enthusiasm for helping others and being out on the water. Learn more about volunteering.


We are a 501(c)(3) organization and rely on tax-deductible donations (tax ID 94-3067409), corporate sponsors, and grants to run our programs. Donate securely online through PayPal, or learn about other ways to help.


BAADS keelboat training starts 4/21

BAADS is offering a free 5-day keel boat training to BAADS and SBYC members.

Sat 4/21, Sun 4/22,
Sat 4/28
Sat 5/5, Sat 5/12

– sailing theory and trim
– docking, hoyer assisted transfers
– radio protocol, currents
– reefing, heaving-to, man overboard maneuvers
– anchoring (if time allows)

Each short morning classroom session will be followed by on-the-water practice.

– classes start promptly at 10am
– there will be an on-line quiz every week due Wednesday before the weekend class
– there will be a written and a practical final test
– everyone is expected to have studied the US Sailing Basic Keelboat manual before the start of the first class (link on sign up page)

Space is limited

Sign up today through the link below :

About the instructor
Alex Hruzewicz was introduced to sailing by his parents as a toddler. After college, he worked on a 105 ft, 195 gross ton off-shore commercial fishing vessel (out of Herman Melville’s New Bedford, MA) and crewed on transatlantic sailboat deliveries (personal record: 21 days, double-handed, no autopilot). He has since logged well over 10,000 nautical miles on blue water, a good chunk of them after unexpectedly acquiring a bionic spine in 2004. He was one of the first BAADS members with a spinal cord injury to cruise from the Bay to the Sea of Cortez. He also sailed from Hawaii to SF.

He competed in the 2007 Access Nationals (1st liberty manual) and Worlds (4th) and raced the BAADS sonars on Friday nights, in the Jazz Cup, Round the Rock Race and the Plastic Classic.

Alex is a certified US Sailing Instructor and is curious about and inspired by the intersection of fitness, disability and function.

Skipper Training

Mark  your calendars  we’re organizing skipper training in late April. In the meantime get your US Sailing Manual.


Monthly Member Meetings are Back!

BAADS is once again holding monthly member meetings. We want the meetings to be educational, collaborative and enjoyable and give the members an opportunity to get to know each other. We do not plan on rehashing what the Board of Directors just discussed but will be announcing upcoming activities. The meetings will be short (11:30 AM – 12:15 PM) and feature a guest speaker who will talk on a particular topic at each meeting. We also hope to have light refreshments. If you have ideas on potential guest speakers or group activities, please send them to KatMaddox@icloud.com.

Chris Childress will speak at our upcoming February 18th meeting. Chris is a certified sailing instructor and USCG licenced captain, with 6 years of keeping boats out of trouble on San Francisco Bay. He will be speaking briefly on some updates to BAADS safety policies and local hazards associated with sailing on the San Francisco Bay. All skippers are highly encouraged to attend but everyone who sails with BAADS should be aware of our safety policy including how fill out an incident report. Chris will also explain how to determine windspeed while on the water as well as how to identify safety hazards around the bay. We hope to see everyone there!

Board Of Directors Election Results

Thank you all for voting in the 2017 BAADS Board Of Directors election.  Here is a list of those members elected to the board:

Chris Childers

Alex Okrut

Jeff Breen

Eric Roberts

Stan Freedman

Ed Gallagher

Tim Grant

BAADS mentioned in Outside magazine!

Wow. To our suprise BAADS is currently talked about in Outside magazine about adventure trips you can do in a wheelchair.


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