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.

 

September Boat Dive

Catalina on the Magician with Eco Dive Center

  • Date: Saturday, September 23rd, 2017
  • Cost: 150.00 ($142.50 with club discount) includes; a reserved bunk, 3 dives, breakfast and lunch, snacks & drinks, and air-fills (high pressure available).
  • Boat: Truth, 301 W Cabrillo Blvd, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Skill: This trip is open to all skill levels but spear fishing is not allowed
  • Nitrox: EANx available for extra charge
  • Boarding: Boat departs at 7:00 a.m., recommended arrival is 6:00 a.m. to load & take care of paperwork before departure. You may sleep on board overnight, bunk space is limited, board after 8:00 p.m. Saturday night – contact CIDA for details.
  • To Book: E-mail info@channelislandsdiveadventures.com or call 805-469-7288
  • Bonus: Attend and receive a “Participation Raffle” ticket at the General Meeting

The wrecks of the SM1 and Gosford are located north of Santa Barbara near Point Conception. They are not often dived, and CIDA is one of the few organizations to offer trips to these locations. From the CIDA Website:

The SM1 sunk in 1961 and was then salvaged and is now a great dive site. The SM-1 now lies upside down about 2-3 miles offshore between Gavotia and Coho Anchorage in about 75′ of water. The SM-1 has kelp and schools of fish along with some great wreckage to look at. You MUST be careful diving the SM-1 as there is lots of jagged metal and other hazards such as current and the lure of seeing what is inside. There are plenty of holes to see inside and there is a large debris field on the starboard side. The SM-1 can be great for pictures and just plain sightseeing with visibility being 10’-50’ and an average of 20’ ft. Check out the video from a trip 2 years ago on the SM1.

The Gosford sunk in 1893 in Coho Anchorage after being towed there while burning for 5 days. She now sits in 35’-40’ of water on a sandy bottom with lots of fish and kelp growing all around her and is now an excellent artificial reef. There is still much to see of the Gosford after all the years that have gone by including lots of photo opportunities not only of the Gosford, but also all the marine life that calls her home, sometimes you can spot the wolf eels in a hole on the starboard bow. The Gosford makes for a perfect shallow dive after diving the SM-1 and she is only about 10 minutes away from the SM-1.

This trip is specifically catered to the Advanced divers and above that have good buoyancy skills, experience in wreck diving and cold water conditions including possible; current, swell, kelp, limited visibility and deeper depths. The wrecks 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.

October Boat Dive

Oil Rigs and the Olympic on the Magician with Channel Islands Dive Adventures

  • Date: Saturday, October 21st, 2017
  • Cost: $125.00 ($118.75 with club discount) includes; 3 dives, breakfast & lunch, snacks & drinks, air fills.
  • Boat: Magician, 22nd Street Landing, San Pedro
  • Skill: This trip is open to all skill levels but spear fishing is not allowed
  • Nitrox: Available for an extra charge but your tank MUST be oxygen clean certified
  • Boarding: Boat departs at 7:00 a.m., recommended arrival is 6:00 a.m. to load & take care of paperwork before departure. You may sleep on board overnight, board after 8:00 p.m. Friday night – contact Bluewater photo for details
  • To Book: E-mail info@channelislandsdiveadventures.com or call 805-469-7288
  • Bonus: Attend and receive a “Participation Raffle” ticket at the General Meeting

The oil rigs south of San Pedro are always exciting dives, and improved visibility typical of fall diving, the experience can only get better! From the CIDA Website:

Diving the oil rigs Eureka, Elley and Ellen can be an awesome experience. Eureka (about 700’ deep) is the furthest out of the 3 and in most divers opinion it is the best to dive. Then you have Elley and Ellen (around 260’ deep) which are not far from Eureka and are about 8 miles out of Long Beach. Elley and rig/wreck scallopEllen are connected together by a bridge making them more into an oil rig complex. What makes an oil rig so much fun to dive is the amount of life that has called the legs and cross braces home plus you then have the schooling fish and sea lions swimming around the structure. The rigs legs and cross braces are covered with things like nudibranches, anemones ( including metridiums), lots of fish like rockfish, Cabazon and sheephead, brittle stars and more. The rigs are photographer’s dreams come true. The visibility can vary depending on conditions and depth from 20’-100’. Generally the best vis is 60’ or deeper.

The Olympic started her life as the Star of France. She was built in Ireland in 1877 as a 3 masted ship and was 258′ x 38′. She was later sold and relocated to Washington State in the early 1900’s to haul lumber and later worked in Alaska. She then sat for many years before becoming a fishing barge in 1934. She was then renamed the Olympic ll and moved to San Pedro. She served as a fishing barge for many years until the morning of September 4, 1940 when she was hit by another boat, the Sakito. It was tragic as she sunk fast with the loss of some lives. The Olympic now sits a few miles out of Los Angeles Harbor in 100′ of water.

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.

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.

Let the club know if you plan to go!
boatdive@pacificexplorers.org

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