Boat Dives

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Dives are planned well in advance, but are dependent on weather and ocean conditions. If in doubt, contact the Beach Dive Coordinator or Boat Dive Coordinator. Let the club know if you plan on going so we may join you. Dive Safe and Have Fun.



January Boat Dive

Santa Rosa (Channel Islands) on the Truth with Channel Islands Dive Adventures

  • Date: Saturday, January 14th, 2018
  • Cost: $125.00 ($119.00 with club discount) includes; 3 dives, lunch, snacks & drinks, air fills (bring your own tank)
  • Boat: Magician, 22nd Street Landing, 141 W. 22nd Street, San Pedro, CA
  • Skill: This trip is for advanced divers only due to the depths involved and unprotected open ocean environment of the rigs. A Surface Marker Bouy (SMB or “safety sausage”) is highly recommended.
  • Nitrox: Available for an extra charge
  • Boarding: Board after 6:00 a.m., depart at 7:00 a.m. on Sunday, or you may board the boat after 8:00 p.m. Saturday evening and sleep overnight. Be aware that there is limited bunk space on the Magician.
  • To Book: CIDA Website or call 805-469-7288
  • Bonus: Attend and receive a “Participation Raffle” ticket at the General Meeting

The rigs are always a great trip with lots of wondrous sights to behold along with that awesome feeling of complete freedom floating around the rig structure. And with current reports of visibility at or exceeding 50 ft. at the islands, well, this could be an epic day!! Diving the Olympic ll can be a fun dive with good conditions or challenging with poor conditions. Visibility can be anywhere from a few feet to 50’ plus. She sits on her starboard side and relatively intact with the bow standing some 30 feet off the bottom. All though there is no penetration diving on the Olympic ll there are still hazards to be aware of and even more so when the visibility is poor.

As an added bonus, Zac Araneta of Samy’s Cameras will be aboard for anyone who would like FREE photo & video help along with tips and to answer any questions you might have. Zac is a PADI Master Instructor and PADI Elite Instructor. He has been diving for over 20 years, certifying thousands, and has over a year of bottom time from various sites around the world.

This trip is best suited for Advanced divers and above that have experience in cold water conditions including; current, swell, possible limited visibility and deep water.The oil rigs visited are unique and interesting and inherently have more hazards and may not necessarily have the best dive conditions. Most importantly, good buoyancy control is needed and surface signal tubes are always recommended.


February Boat Dive

Anacapa – Cat Rock Reef & Inner Rat Rock Cove on the Raptor

  • Date: Saturday, February 24th, 2018
  • Cost: $120.00 includes; 2 dives, lunch, snacks & drinks, tanks (bring your own weights)
  • Boat: Raptor (Ventura Dive & Sport), 1559 Spinnaker Dr., Ventura, CA 93001
  • Skill: This trip is open to all skill levels
  • Nitrox: Available for an extra charge and must be arranged with the dive shop 48 hours in advance
  • Boarding: Board after 7:00 a.m., depart at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday.
  • To Book: Raptor Website or call 805-650-7700
  • Bonus: Attend and receive a “Participation Raffle” ticket at the General Meeting

The Cat Rock and Rat Rock reefs of west Anacapa island offer some of the most interesting topography that the island has to offer. Thriving kelp beds, channels, walls, and excellent rocky reef provide great homes for the abundant life of this area.

This trip is open to all divers, but it is recommended to have a Surface Marker Bouy. Currents can change quickly and unpredictably at Rat Rock, so surface aid devices are a really good idea. The Raptor is a very fast boat, getting you out to the island in about 45 minutes. Because of this, you don’t have to rise at O-dark-thirty, with boarding beginning after 7:00 a.m. and departure at 8:00 a.m. The boat provides low pressure steel tanks which are perfect for recreational dives around Anacapa. They can also accommodate nitrox, but you need to arrange this with Ventura Dive & Sport at least 48 hours before the trip. You need to bring your own weights and of course all other personal gear.

Let the club know if you plan to go!