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Diving Goodness: Oil Rigs and a Wreck. 3 Tanks for $82.91!

  • Nov 23, 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 legitimately 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: $82.91

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. http://www.cawreckdivers.org/wrecks/olympic.htm (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. 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. Air fills are free.

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

Pointers:

Bring your certification card.

Hydrate really well.

Take Bonine if you think you're at all inclined toward seasickness. If you aren't sure... take some Bonine (or similar)!

Eat a decent, non-greasy breakfast.

Bring something to keep you warm between dives (overcoat, boat jacket, etc).

Bring a torch for peering into nooks and crannies.

End your dive close to the boat (unless you enjoy long surface swims).

ALWAYS bring your dive essentials: A safety sausage, knife, and whistle (at a minimum)!

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:

Show up on-time. Boat leaves at 7 am sharp.

Space is limited on a boat. Stow all your gear where directed to by crew.

Keep gear out of the walk-way, damnit.

Put your fins on at drop-in point (not forward and then flip flop over people's feet and gear).

Don't rinse your mask or other gear in the CAMERA BUCKET!

Don't clog up the marine head with baby ruth bars or similar.

If you have to puke, do it downwind (leeward).

If you have to cancel, do it well before the cutoff time so Bill has a chance to sell your seat.

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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 ___________________________________

ADMIN STUFF:

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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  • Lynette

    Pics are amazing!!!

    December 7, 2013

  • Scott G.

    Weiwei, what type of camera do you have? Is like to know what I should save up for

    November 26, 2013

    • Weiwei G.

      Hi, Scott - sent you an message.

      November 27, 2013

  • Jye C.

    Amazing dive.

    1 · November 25, 2013

    • Jye C.

      Ah ha. Thanks. Would you please bring it on Sat. Crescent Bay meet-up? There is a reward of course.

      November 25, 2013

    • Bill P.

      Won't be at that one.

      November 27, 2013

  • Kevin C.

    I have to agree. Weiwei, your pictures are great!

    November 26, 2013

  • Weiwei G.

    Just uploaded some pictures and more to come...(too many pictures to look at). My first time to the oil rig. Although I heard many good things about the site, I felt today's condition was insane. Not too mention a boat load of fun with all the power scuba friends...

    5 · November 23, 2013

    • Eric G.

      Weiwei, your pictures are freaking AWESOME.

      4 · November 25, 2013

    • Weiwei G.

      Hi, Eric, I will get a shot of you with lost of fish next time.

      1 · November 26, 2013

  • Eric G.

    Largest school of fish I've ever seen in my diving life. Best conditions at the oil rigs I've ever seen. Scallops tasted exactly the same as last time though: can't get more delicious.

    November 25, 2013

  • Rich B.

    As I kicked my way into the center of the rig surrounded by turquoise water I had a feeling it was going to be good. The rigs are always a great dive and this one was epic.

    1 · November 25, 2013

  • Mark G.

    Fun trip, thank you.

    1 · November 24, 2013

    • Mark G.

      Those are yours. I told her i didn't get a Lic. she asked me why....... I didn't have an answer.

      November 24, 2013

    • Gene S.

      Just giving you a bad time after running into you at the wetsuit shop having a pocket sewn on specifically for a scallop knife. Sounds like you had an awesome trip! After seeing the photo's I will not miss the next one.

      1 · November 24, 2013

  • Sophie W.

    Love love love the oilrigs when it's 100 feet (foots ? i'm confused !) visiblity ! Thanks Captain Dave, thanks Bill !!!

    3 · November 23, 2013

    • Sophie W.

      and thanks Eric for the cookies ofcourse !!!

      1 · November 23, 2013

    • Sophie W.

      I forgot to thank Rich and Sean for sharing their scallops under water :)))

      November 24, 2013

  • Mark G.

    This has to be one of my favorite dives to date. I will do this again and again!

    3 · November 24, 2013

  • Lida

    Outrageously good dives! Let's do this again soon.

    1 · November 24, 2013

  • Richard

    Nice to meet you all and what a great day of diving!!! Your a fun bunch and look forward to making mores dives with you all again!

    1 · November 24, 2013

  • Babs

    Incredible! We are a lucky bunch in SoCal for diving. Who says you need warm weather to enjoy the beauty of the sea?

    1 · November 24, 2013

  • Brian c.

    Another great trip with Power Scuba, Good seeing you all!

    4 · November 23, 2013

  • Brian c.

    Capt. Dave says we're good to go

    November 22, 2013

  • Mark G.

    Manny and I are heading for the boat.

    1 · November 22, 2013

  • Babs

    So at what point will we know with certainty that this trip is a go based on weather and conditions? We are supposed to drive up tonight to crash on bunk but if it's possible we won't go will wait to drive in am. Anyone know at what point captain or organizer makes the call?

    November 22, 2013

    • Sophie W.

      Plus Eric's coming with his world famous cookies so the dive has to happen !!!

      November 22, 2013

    • Jonathan W.

      It's possible for trips to be cancelled at anytime. It can even occur as we are motoring along in the ocean. Weather prediction is difficult. That's just diving. As of 3:42 this afternoon, the trip is on. On an encouraging note, the swell model has shown a drop since this morning when I last checked. So things are improving. At the very least, I'm driving up tonight and staying over at the Pac Star Bed and Breakfast with my friends. See you later. :)

      3 · November 22, 2013

  • Eric G.

    Liz can't make it, so I am taking her spot.

    November 22, 2013

  • Gene S.

    Received a slight injury to my knee and doc thinks a little rest would do it well....who says exercise is good for you!

    Anyway, WeiWei Gao is going to take my spot on the trip.

    Should be a great dive.
    Enjoy and safe diving!

    1 · November 21, 2013

    • Mark G.

      Sorry to hear about your injury, I would really liked to have seen you. Take care and see you on another trip.

      November 21, 2013

  • Scott G.

    I'll be diving with a HP 120, if anyone wants to buddy up that has something similar, let me know

    November 20, 2013

    • Sophie W.

      Also need a buddy guys but I'm diving the boat tanks....

      November 20, 2013

    • Scott G.

      Yeah, I know, I'm bringing mine full at 3500

      November 21, 2013

  • Gene S.

    Friend of mine dove the Eureka on Monday and reported 100 foot viz.

    1 · November 20, 2013

    • Sophie W.

      Hopefully the same on Saturday !

      November 20, 2013

  • michael g.

    I know its little premature but are we having a Xmas party this year.

    Would be nice to see a majority of Power Scuba paricipants.

    November 18, 2013

  • Gene S.

    Mark, Long time, look forward to seeing you!

    November 10, 2013

    • Mark G.

      See you on the boat Gene.

      November 12, 2013

  • Eric G.

    If anyone else has to back out, I would love to go on this trip.

    November 9, 2013

    • Eric G.

      I may be contacted here or at[masked]

      November 12, 2013

    • Sophie W.

      Hope you get a spot Eric !

      November 12, 2013

  • Mark G.

    I am also in need for an additional spot, for one of my sons. He is a Divemaster on vacation from the island. I can be reached at[masked] or[masked]-8347. Thanks

    November 10, 2013

  • Tashia

    My spot is going to Patrick Lasu, a friend of Jonathan's. Have a blast everyone!!

    November 8, 2013

  • Jonathan W.

    I'm someone's guest.

    November 4, 2013

  • Jason B.

    Ughh, really want to do this dive again but it is the last day of my rescue class.

    November 4, 2013

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Your organizer's refund policy for Diving Goodness: Oil Rigs and a Wreck. 3 Tanks for $82.91!

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.

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