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1.5-Day Boat: Catalina Island & Oil Rigs!

  • Aug 31, 2013 · 6:00 AM
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When's the last time you saw a trip like this?!

And at this price?!

Up to seven dives possible!

You need a decent level of experience & comfort for this one. Oh yeah... and great neutral buoyancy too!

CATALINA ISLAND is a special destination for scuba divers. It offers gorgeous diving in areas much less dove than the mainland. If you were to take the ferry over to the island, it alone would cost you $66... and that's not factoring in your food or diving. This 1.5-day boat promises to be the most cost-effective way for you to dive these island sites.

Oil Rigs: When we wake up the next morning after a fine day of diving the island, we head for home, but not before stopping off at the oil rigs and doing two dives there!

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

COST: $134.99

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 then over the 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 7 pm on Friday) or come aboard early Saturday morning. Boat leaves the dock 7:00 am on Saturday. The boat does not wait for late arrivals.

BUNKS: Bunks are first come, first served. (A drawn curtain or bag present usually means the bunk is taken.) There are only 24 bunks, so save the bigger bunks for couples please.

SITES: Front side of Catalina. Ship Rock and... ?

FOOD: All meals provided, plus snacks and drinks.

AIR TANKS: Boat has free steel LP 72s (overfilled to an 78's-worth of gas) for your use or you may bring your own tank(s) (maximum of two). Caveat: Their compressor only fills to an LP steel's pressure limit. Maybe 3,000 psi if things are going well that day. 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 island. (They have steel LP 72 Nitrox tanks for your use for the cost of the fill. Tanks are overfilled to about an 78's-worth of gas.)

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

Bill's Recommendation: Bring your own tank and weights if possible.

BOAT: Pacific Star

 

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


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.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pointers:

  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.

 

From the captain: We {the boat crew} are usually done with dinner on 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.

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We like to call all our dive boat sites "Advanced" simply because currents can pop up and similar. Be strong in your skills, whether you're o/w or advanced, and you should be fine (though only YOU can make that final call). If you have ANY concerns or issues (or haven't been diving in a while) then get a Tuneup or additional training. There are plenty of shops and instructors who'll be glad to help. Look 'em up here: Shops & Instructors

 

 

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

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

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ADMIN STUFF YOU MUST READ:

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

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

You must also read this: Disclaimer and Clarification... AKA Terms of Service...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, certified to dive by a nationally-recognized agency, have the necessary skill & training level for the dive being offered, 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 (or to wait for you after you come out of the water). 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. Nor will the Organizer tell you whether you are skilled enough to make any particular dive. That is for you (only) to decide. When you enter the water, you (and your buddy) 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.

Power Scuba bears no responsibility or liability for a member's loss (gas, airfare, hotel fees, etc) in the event of a cancelled event.

Your participation constitutes your affirmation you agree to these above rules and disclaimers.... and that your buddy(s) (if applicable) has read and agrees to the same.

For Boat Dives: Any overage (usually less than $50) resulting from our local dive boat trips is put into a dedicated Group Boat Fund. This allows us to make up the difference if we don't completely fill up a future boat charter. No other use is made of this money.

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  • Tom B.

    Thanks, Dave. Your envelope is going out with the morning mail, so keep an eye out for it in a day or two.

    August 24, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Tom, How'd it go? Be sure to Post a comment, Bill appreciates the feedback AND based on those scallops I am sure I missed a good weekend of diving, and chow!

      September 5, 2013

    • Tom B.

      It was a really nice trip. We had great viz on top at Catalina. Sorry you missed it, but let's go on a trip soon!

      September 5, 2013

  • Beth J.

    Great time with fun people! Can't wait to do it again soon!

    1 · September 4, 2013

  • Franz

    There's a tank that doesn't seem to be mine. I brought two steel 120s (the ones from the OE sale) On the dock, my second tank wasn't there but another, very similar one with San Diego Diver's sticker (full). My (empty, abt. 1700psi) tank should be marked with G.T or Timmins or anything similar. No big deal but I'd appreciate if you could check your tanks. Thanks.

    September 3, 2013

  • Elliott

    It was nice to meet such an awesome group of people!

    1 · September 2, 2013

  • Heather E.

    Excellent dive trip! Lots of great dives and a great price-fun people too :-)

    1 · September 2, 2013

  • Charles T.

    The best, efficient and cost-effective dive trip: 5 dives (including a night dive) at Catalina Island and 2 dives at oil rigs in 1.5 days, professional and friendly service, delicious food, great facilities (showers, bunk beds). And full of diving enthusiasts.

    September 2, 2013

  • Paula

    Whales, Dolphins, great dives & great people!

    September 1, 2013

  • Franz

    Another great Power Scuba trip

    September 1, 2013

  • Steve E.

    Hi everyone....I am trying to figure out what I want to do this holiday weekend and I see lot's of people willing to go but no more space on the trip. I can take 2 of you and gear or 3(no gear) in my plane and fly to catalina island Saturday. We can do our own shore dives or snorkel at the Casino...enjoy the sand and the sun...and head back to San Diego in the evening. It only takes 40 minutes to get there from San Diego by air so it is way more fun than driving up to long beach and sitting on a boat for an hour. Call or text me if you wish to come along. Steve[masked]

    August 28, 2013

    • Steve E.

      WeiWei, I am all booked up this time but check your calendar and pick a Saturday in Sept and we can plan it. Let me know.

      1 · August 30, 2013

    • Weiwei G.

      Thank you Steve!

      August 31, 2013

  • Heather E.

    My husband Brandon and I are headed up Friday night as well...if we could get a double also that'd be great. Looking forward to this trip!

    August 28, 2013

    • Jonathan W.

      I'm running out of gear. Lol. If I'm there before you, I'll save one. To the single people getting up there before us, please leave two cabins open for the couples.

      2 · August 28, 2013

    • Jonathan W.

      For the two couples, I put my drysuit liner/hat in one cabin and my DUI & gym bags in another.

      August 30, 2013

  • Beth J.

    I will be coming up around 9:30ish on Friday. It's myself and my boyfriend, so can someone save me a double bunk? I'm super excited!!

    1 · August 28, 2013

    • Beth J.

      Thanks Jonathan!

      August 29, 2013

    • Jonathan W.

      For the two couples, I put my drysuit liner/hat in one cabin and my DUI & gym bags in another.

      August 30, 2013

  • Eric G.

    Hey if anyone is willing to give me a ride to the boat tonight, please call me on my cell phone at[masked]-3085. I'd be happy to pitch in gas money.

    August 30, 2013

    • Franz

      Hi Eric. Lets carpool buddy up. Will call you later

      August 30, 2013

  • Franz

    Looking for a carpool buddy on Friday evening. I can offer space for one person in my Honda Accord. Planning on leaving San Diego (LInda Vista) 7pm-ish.
    Alternatively I am looking for a ride and chip in on the gas money.

    August 25, 2013

    • Eric G.

      Franz, are you still looking to carpool with someone? A spot just opened up and I'm near Linda Vista. Please call me at[masked]

      August 30, 2013

    • Franz

      @ Derrick. My idea was the other way around. I hope the traffic is less bad later in the evening.

      @ Eric: you're in. The spot is still open. I'll give you a call later

      August 30, 2013

  • John S.

    Attention Waiting List Folks,
    I can't make it. One spot open.

    August 29, 2013

  • Elliott

    I would like to carpool with someone Friday night if anyone has time

    August 25, 2013

    • Steven

      I'm going Friday night from oceanside

      August 25, 2013

    • Elliott

      Can I come with you? I'm on camp Pendleton and I am good for gas money and whatever else :)

      August 25, 2013

  • Elliott

    I am really excited about this trip! I've only been diving like 4 months, I have my master diver done, 6 specialty certs, and working on my divemaster. I'm hooked, but have never been to Catalina, I won't have a dive buddy so if anyone wants to pair up...

    August 23, 2013

    • Paula

      I'm coming solo from Las Vegas. I frequently show up on these trips without a buddy. Best case you show up the night before and talk to the early arrivers to find someone (or a buddy team) suited to your type of diving to buddy up with. I'll be looking for a buddy but it's always best to discuss your dive plans before choosing a buddy. Never had a problem finding buddies on these trips.

      1 · August 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Bill, Confirming Tom Baker is taking my spot on the Pacific Star! He said he'll be out to say hello Sunday & he IS a California native with local dive experience. Tom - Thanks, and good speaking with you!

    August 23, 2013

  • Tom B.

    Thanks, everyone, for your input. Hopefully will be able to go!

    August 23, 2013

  • Tom B.

    If no one ahead of me on the waitlist wants the spot, I will take it.

    August 23, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Tom, I think Bill is diving this evening so let me contact him to see how he can help make this happen. He can talk PayPal so that I can get a refund and you can get on the list. I'll also send you an email. Thanks!

      August 23, 2013

  • Rich B.

    I don't believe that there has ever been an "order" to the waitlist. First come first served, so Tom and Dave - do your thing.

    1 · August 23, 2013

    • Juan Carlos A.

      I agree w. Rich completely. Tom you are a gentleman, but typically the waiting list order doesn't have any meaning. If you want to buy Dave's ticket, I would encourage you to contact him via his profile.

      1 · August 23, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      You're both correct, since the RSVP is setup to include payment each person on the Waitlist needs to keep a watchful eye for an opening. Thank you.

      August 23, 2013

  • Derrick s.

    I am willing to drive for a car pool. I live near the 32nd street base, I will leave my house Friday around 5pm if anyone wants a ride please give me a call before wed next week. I take my ford expedition, it will hold five people comfortable plus gear. My number is[masked] if I don't answer just send me a text.

    August 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    if there are any last minute cancellations, I'm in.

    August 13, 2013

  • Elbert

    Not going to be able to make this one.

    August 13, 2013

  • Attila

    Oh rats, can't make it after all. :(

    August 6, 2013

  • Beth J.

    Question -- so the boat only has steel tanks? But if I bring an AL80, then they can fill it up for each dive? So I only need 1 tank, right?

    August 5, 2013

    • Beth J.

      Well I wanted to use an AL80 because I know the weights I need for good buoyancy with that tank. If I go and use a steel one, it'll be another round of trial and error, I'm afraid. But since we'll be on the boat the whole day, I'm sure I could figure it out.

      August 6, 2013

    • Bill P.

      Beth, you're ok with the Al 80, as long as you understand you won't be getting a "full" fill to 3,000 psi... probably.

      August 6, 2013

  • Elliott

    I'm pretty excited! I just got back from Florida, and I'm getting frustrated with 5-10 foot visibility at Laguna.

    August 5, 2013

    • Chris T.

      hang in there Elliott..This is the worst summer in recent history for diving Laguna..I normally dive at one of Laguna's many dive sites once a week and this Summer its been once a month. I am expecting this all to change starting now. Swell is now coming from the west..A good thing not seen all summer.. I hope to see you at one of the Laguna dives soon! On the meantime.. Enjoy Catalina.. it is a special treat..

      August 5, 2013

  • Beth J.

    Woo hoo, got the last 2 spots!! Let's go DIVING!!! :)

    August 5, 2013

  • Chris T.

    I wish!..Holiday weekend and family. You all have a great time!

    August 5, 2013

  • Mike H.

    Come on Beth, skydive another weekend....this should be a great trip !

    1 · August 5, 2013

    • Beth J.

      I think it's gonna happen, Mike! Can we top San Clemente?? I hope so! :)

      August 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    still working on buoyancy with the drysuit. Hope to make one in the near future.

    August 5, 2013

  • Jonathan W.

    I'm Juan's +1.

    August 5, 2013

  • Beth J.

    Sweet!! Gotta check my schedule, really hope I can make this one!

    August 5, 2013

  • Franz

    Awesome

    August 5, 2013

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Refunds offered if:

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