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.
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 email@example.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!