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Oil Rigs Trip: 3 Tanks for $83.94!

  • Apr 14, 2013 · 6:00 AM
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You need a very solid level of experience and comfort. Exciting stuff... BUT THERE IS NO BOTTOM.

Divers with advanced skills only.

The Pac Star rocks! They're big with excellent safety, service... and good FOOD!

Offshore Oil Rigs aren't dove often (because of the permission process required)... and yet they can house a remarkable u/w community unto themselves. Life on the thick support pylons and crossbeams can be abundant.


You must be an experienced diver and comfortable diving in water that essentially has no bottom. PERFECT NEUTRAL BUOYANCY SKILLS ARE NEEDED. If you have to ask whether you're an "experienced diver"... you're not. Join us for the next trip, shipmate!

This is 3-tank, open ocean diving with "live drops".

MANDATORY ITEMS: A good safety sausage and whistle. (At a minimum.) Don't show up on the boat without these.

COST: $83.94 

BOAT LOCATION: 22nd St Landing San Pedro, Ca  Take I-405 N toward Long Beach. Take exit 32B to merge onto I-710 S (be careful of the exits ramps. It comes on you quickly.) Continue onto CA-47 S/Seaside Fwy and over Vincent Thomas Bridge. At the base of the bridge, take exit for Harbor Blvd toward Catalina Island/Ports O Call Village/San Pedro. Turn right onto N Harbor Blvd . Continue on S Harbor Blvd. Continue onto Miner St/Viaduct St. Take a right on 22nd St. Boat is  docked behind 22nd st Landing Restaurant. Drop your gear off on the corner and find parking across the street.

BOARDING: You may sleep on the boat. (Starting at 8 pm on Saturday night.) Boat leaves the dock 7:00 am on Sunday. (Please treat the boat, and its crew, with respect and you'll get it in return.)

BUNKS: Bunks are first come, first served. (A drawn curtain means the bunk is taken.)

RIGS: Eureka, Ellen, & Elly. All with different "personalities". Gorgeous marine life resident with occasional spectacular "guests" floating through. Depth: Go as deep (or stay as shallow) as you like and are trained for. Boat captain recommends staying above the 110' crossbeams.

FOOD: 1. Continental breakfast when you first wake up (6:30 am) 2)Full hot breakfast on the way out (7-8 am)  3)Full lunch  4)Snacks and drinks. Nice!

AIR TANKS: Boat has steel LP 72s (overfilled to a 76's-worth of gas) for your use or you may bring your own tank. Caveat: Their compressor only fills to an LP steel's pressure limit. No 3,450 PSI fills on this boat unfortunately.

NITROX: Boat pumps Nitrox into O2-clean tanks (only). $8 per fill. You may bring your own O2-clean (dedicated) Nitrox tank, but bring it FULL. No fills on the way to the rigs. (They have steel LP 72 Nitrox tanks for your use for the cost of the fill. Tanks are overfilled to about a 76's-worth of gas.)

BOTTOM LINE: Bring your own tank (or two) if you can.

GEAR: Bring all your own gear (except for tanks if you so choose). Boat has some weights, but probably best to bring your own as well.

BOAT: Pacific Star

You won't get to do this one often. Join us for this special trip!

Would-be Car-poolers: Speak up in the comments section below!

From the captain: We {the boat crew} are usually done with dinner on Saturday by 7pm so come on down. There are dock carts and I will have people in the parking lot to help with gear and directions from 8pm to 10pm. (Before and after, you're on your own.) Also, you can bring a second tank and space will be made for it on the boat.

If you back out less than one week before departure (or "no call, no show") you are on the hook for the money. No refund unless your seat fills.  Less than two weeks and you get 1/2 your money refunded. To back out fully you must cancel your RSVP here and request a Paypal refund.   Two weeks or more = full refund. (.31 Paypal fee & 9% admin fee applies to all refunds.)

Cancelling an Event: When and why Power Scuba might do it


  1. Bring your certification card.
  2. Hydrate really well.
  3. Take Bonine if you think you're at all inclined toward seasickness. If you aren't sure... take some Bonine (or similar)!
  4. Eat a decent, non-greasy breakfast.
  5. Bring something to keep you warm between dives (overcoat, boat jacket, etc).
  6. Bring a torch for peering into nooks and crannies.
  7. End your dive close to the boat (unless you enjoy long surface swims).
  8. ALWAYS bring your dive essentials: A safety sausage, knife, and whistle (at a minimum)!
  9. Don't forget to tip the boat crew if they do a good job for you. This one's just as important as any other point in this list. The DM is there for your safety. Take care of him/her!

Boat Etiquette Reminder:

  1. Show up on-time. Boat leaves at 7 am sharp.
  2. Space is limited on a boat. Stow all your gear where directed to by crew.
  3. Keep gear out of the walk-way, damnit.
  4. Put your fins on at drop-in point (not forward and then flip flop over people's feet and gear).
  5. Don't rinse your mask or other gear in the CAMERA BUCKET!
  6. Don't clog up the marine head with baby ruth bars or similar.
  7. If you have to puke, do it downwind (leeward).
  8. If you have to cancel, do it well before the cutoff time so Bill has a chance to sell your seat.


Bill here with a quick note: If you aren't completely comfortable with the kind of diving described above please sit this one out. Your safety is my first concern. There are plenty of shops and instructors who'll be glad to train you up to the level this event requires. Look 'em up here: Shops & Instructors


Dive Boat/Trip Tipping Guidelines: Tipping Info & Advice here ___________________________________


The Virtual Donation Jar will be out (for the Meetup site costs and general fund). It's strictly voluntary, but is very much appreciated and needed: DONATION JAR

If you have not filled out a liability release for Power Scuba Meetup, please follow this link to the file, print, sign and bring to the event, along with your C-Card (scuba certification card). You only need to do this once a year:  Liability Release and Assumption of Risk

You must also read this: Disclaimer and Clarification... AKA Terms and Conditions

Anyone with a medical condition possibly counter-indicitive to diving must have a doctors signature on a diving waiver form and submit signed form to Bill Powers (or an organizer) before they may attend any Power Scuba event. YOU MAY NOT ATTEND AN EVENT WITH AN UNDISCLOSED MEDICAL CONDITION. Doing so is grounds for expulsion from the group. Here is our medical statement: Medical Statement Therein you'll find a Doctor Waiver form as well.

Attending any scuba event Power Scuba facilitates constitutes attendee's affirmation they are medically fit to dive, have read the Terms and Conditions, and have submitted a signed Liability Release to an organizer.

Important Note: It is not the organizer's role to lead your dive. He/she merely facilitates you getting to the pre-dive meeting location. The Organizer will not assign you a buddy nor will he/she be leading the dive as a "group dive". Visibility and liability do not allow for that. When you enter the water, you are on your own. You must plan and execute your dive with your dive buddy only. Once members arrive at the meeting spot, the Organizer becomes simply another diver.

For Boat Dives: A few dollars have been added to each person's cost. This is a voluntary donation on your part. This money goes directly into the group's Boat Underage (is that even a word?) fund to protect against non-full trips. No other use is made of this money.

Your participation constitutes your affirmation you agree to these above rules and disclaimers.


This is a no-take (except for scallops, if you have a permit) event.

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  • Lida

    So much fun! When are we going again?

    April 15, 2013

  • Brian c.

    A great trip see you on the next one!

    1 · April 15, 2013

  • Doug R.

    Great Friends, Crew, food and for tonight's dinner Scallops!!

    2 · April 15, 2013

  • David L.

    The weather isnt looking great, you think it will be decent out there?

    April 13, 2013

    • Bill P.

      Oh, yea of little faith!

      3 · April 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    This is my first time sleeping on the boat. Should I bring a sleeping bag?

    April 13, 2013

    • Ashley H.

      I always do.

      April 13, 2013

    • Franz

      Ithere are blankets and pillows on the boat but I prefer my own sleeping bag and a pillow case.

      April 13, 2013

  • Tim B.

    Not this time

    April 12, 2013

  • Bill P.

    All scallop hunters: Be prepared to show the boat captain your current fishing license and... don't even think about walking off the boat with anything more than 10 scallops. (Wardens patrol that dock when boats return, as we found out last time.)

    April 11, 2013

    • Bill P.

      No, not at all, Mark. Everyone obeyed the law.

      1 · April 11, 2013

    • Mark S.

      ok, good, thats what I thought. just making sure!

      April 11, 2013

  • Franz

    Is anybody interested in carpooling on Saturday night? I live in Linda Vista. I have a Honda Accord and can pick up one Diver (no big boxes) or join a ride chipping in for gas. Planning on leaving at 5 pm.

    April 10, 2013

    • Juan Carlos A.

      Franz - If you want you can join me in my SUV. I prefer to leave a little bit later but we could discuss. I live in Tierrasanta. If you're interested send me an email by clicking on my profile and then "Send Email". Thanks.

      April 10, 2013

    • Franz

      Hi Juan, thanks for letting me know. Doug responded directly to me and I've already "signed up" with him. See you up there. Thanks again.

      1 · April 11, 2013

  • Bill P.

    Anybody know anyone who wants to come? One spot left.

    April 11, 2013

  • Brian c.

    Love Scallops Whoo Hoo! If anyone needs a Divebuddy and is Scallop hunting I need one as well..

    April 10, 2013

    • Eric G.

      Brian, I have a buddy but you can tag along with us. I've never hunted scallops before, but I'm ready to learn! I've got a makeshift prybar and a couple of knives to try out.

      April 11, 2013

    • Brian c.

      Thanks Eric, sounds good see ya on the boat!

      April 11, 2013

  • Bill P.

    I'm leaving at 4 am on Sunday morning from Sabre Springs. Anyone who can be at my place between 3:50 and 3:59 am is welcome to ride with me and share gas cost.

    1 · April 11, 2013

  • David L.

    How deep would we expect to get to for the site

    April 11, 2013

    • Eric G.

      David, the short answer is "within your diving abilities" but there are two crossbeams that people generally descend to. For the life of me I can't remember the depth, but the first one is (ballpark guess) 50-70 feet and the second one is perhaps[masked] feet. Personally, with my Advanced Certification and AL80 tank I'm going to stay around 80 feet so I can get the most "bottom time". And by the way, last time I dove the Oil Rigs we were all entertained by a troop of sea lions at our safety stop, and personally I'd be tempted to stay at that depth the entire dive if they were as playful as they were that day.

      April 11, 2013

  • Eric G.

    My car pool plans for the night before got cancelled. Is anyone driving up Sunday that I can ride with? OR... does anyone want to ride with me on Sunday morning? I'll be leaving at about 4:30 am.

    April 9, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Eric where do you live, I was thinking about leaving on Sunday morning too so maybe we can ride together. I have a small sedan but I can fit one more diver, as long as you do not have a large box. I live in Rancho Bernardo right off I-15

      April 10, 2013

    • Eric G.

      Hey that might work for me, as I will potentially be leaving from Poway area. I have a PT Cruiser so I could drive us up there no problem with all of our gear, even wet. I'll send you a message.

      April 10, 2013

  • Tara W.

    So excited to meet you all.

    1 · April 4, 2013

  • Mark S.

    I'm suprised this hasn't filled up yet... usually these go FAST!!!

    April 4, 2013

  • Jason W.

    I haven't dove the rigs yet, might have to make time for this! Sounds like a lot of fun. Haven't dove with this group yet, maybe its time to start...

    2 · April 3, 2013

  • David L.

    Sounds fun

    1 · April 3, 2013

  • Doug E.

    Coming up Sat night.

    1 · April 2, 2013

  • Mark S.

    LETS DIVE!!!

    1 · April 2, 2013

  • Lida

    Jonathan W is my guest

    2 · April 2, 2013

  • Barbara C.

    Cant wait to try my new fins!!!

    1 · April 2, 2013

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Your organizer's refund policy for Oil Rigs Trip: 3 Tanks for $83.94!

Refunds offered if:

  • the Meetup is cancelled
  • the Meetup is rescheduled

Additional notes: Cancel less than one week out your boat fee is forfeit. Two weeks out 1/2 your fee will be refunded (other half may be used to entice someone to take your place.) 2+ weeks out= full refund. (.31 Paypal fee & 9% admin fee applies to all refunds.)

Payments you make go to the organizer, not to Meetup. You must make refund requests to the organizer.

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