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Sheer Beauty: Oil Rigs and a Wreck. 3 Tanks for $82.82!

  • Jun 1, 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.

The Pac Star rocks! They're big with excellent safety, service... and 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: $82.82 

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 Friday night.) Boat leaves the dock 7:00 am on Saturday. (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.)

WRECK: The Olympic: 258' iron ship in 100' of water. Mostly collapsed, but bow and stern still have structure. (Boat reserves right to change destinations dependent on conditions.)

RIGS: Eureka & Ellen. Both 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)... or after the first dive on the wreck at Captain's discretion  3)Full lunch  4)Snacks and drinks 5)A beer or two (on Power Scuba) after your dives. You liking it yet?

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.

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!

UPDATE (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. All refunds subject to a .31 Paypal fee and 9% admin fee.

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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  • Bobby A.

    Quick edit of video from Saturday posted:

    3 · June 4, 2013

  • Bill P.

    Well, that was a good one. Really happy to see all our new members out, as well as our "veterans". Glad everyone had a good time.

    4 · June 3, 2013

  • Bobby A.

    Great rigs trip, and great first trip on the Olympic and with the Power Scuba group! Took mainly video, but haven't got to that yet. Will post the pics I took now. Looking forward to the next trip! Thanks all!

    1 · June 2, 2013

  • Heather

    Amazing first rig dive for me. Thanks for the opportunity! If anyone took any pictures they'd like to share, I'd love to see them

    1 · June 2, 2013

    • George S.

      Me too, would love to see videos... My GoPro acted up on me so I only have a few crappy pictures.

      June 2, 2013

  • Sean S.

    Amazing trip! Great vis and an awesome time doing the pre-celebration for Bill's bday! Happy 21st big guy !!

    3 · June 2, 2013

  • Barry S.

    One of the better days on the rigs. The Pac Star is great.

    2 · June 1, 2013

  • Sophie W.

    oh my it was fantastic !!! And happy happy birthday to Bill !

    2 · June 1, 2013

  • George S.

    Exceptional! Perfect Visibility, exciting dives, and lots of scallops to put the icing on the cake. Yes we even had cake to celebrate Bill's birthday

    4 · June 1, 2013

  • George S.

    I am having problems with downloading the Power Scuba release? Also where can I get the Pacific Star's release?

    May 31, 2013

  • Cliff, kelp m.

    What's the pre-game looking like? And the post game, hell and the game? Diving also?

    May 31, 2013

  • Jonathan W.

    This is sure to be a great trip. If Cristina, F Bomb and I weren't running the Rock n Roll the next day, we'd be on it for sure. Have fun!

    1 · May 29, 2013

    • Bill P.

      Will miss ya, of course!

      May 31, 2013

  • Dave G.

    Bill, Thanks for the spot on the boat. I dive often and the Pac Star is a favorite. When I heard there was chance to dive the rigs and the Olympic I had to do my best to see if you will let me aboard. Been to both destinations several times and the best part is that they are differant each time. I'm a camera bug and the rigs are always rich with subject matter. Molas and sea lions as well. See you Sat

    May 29, 2013

    • Bill P.

      Glad to have you join us, Dave. We dive the rigs fairly often and think of them as one of the best spots in SoCal. See you Sat.

      May 31, 2013

  • Sean S.

    Lets party with the birthday boy and do some diving!!

    1 · May 29, 2013

    • Sophie W.

      my bad !!!! why are you not coming Nich ?

      May 30, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Plans with uncle and father. Got a spot for Janyl though, so she'll have to be my surrogate!

      May 30, 2013

  • Eric G.

    Wish I could go but I've got to work. My taste buds are excited just THINKING about those huge scallops. though!

    May 30, 2013

  • Sophie W.

    well, I will leave Pacific beach on Friday night, probably around 8, if somebody wants to join let me know !

    May 29, 2013

  • Bill P.

    I'll be driving up early Sat morning, leaving my house at 4 am. Anyone care to join for a little gas money?

    May 28, 2013

  • Sophie W.

    If somebody is interested to carpool on the Friday night please let me know !! I work in UCSD LA jolla.

    May 21, 2013

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Your organizer's refund policy for Sheer Beauty: Oil Rigs and a Wreck. 3 Tanks for $82.82!

Refunds offered if:

  • the Meetup is cancelled
  • the Meetup is rescheduled

Additional notes: Cancel less than one week out your boat fee is forfeit (unless we can fill your spot). Two weeks out= 1/2 your fee will be refunded. 2+ week out= full refund. All refunds subject to .31 Paypal fee & 9% admin fee.

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

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