Diving Beauty: Oil Rigs and a Wreck. 3 Tanks for $82.63!

  • December 8, 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: $82.63

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.)

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. Anyone breaking Fish & Wildlife rules will be turned in and summarily thrown out of the group.





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  • Doug E.

    Safety is sometimes hard to accept.

    December 10, 2013

  • Eric G.

    I had wanted to go on this trip but was unable to, but I still wanted to see how it went.

    I have to say I'm impressed. If I ever go on a dive trip that ultimatey gets cancelled, I want to be with Power Scuba when it happens.

    First of all, we take safety first. Secondly, when the Captain makes that call, most of us have been around the block a few times and realize and agree that it's the right call.

    However most importantly, we can all have a great time regardless. There are some good people I would have been happy have been on a boat trip to the Rigs with. And many of you took pictures, too!

    Best of all, Bill and Dave are re-doing this trip. Maybe I'll see you guys then.

    1 · December 9, 2013

    • Weiwei G.

      LOL...we had 27 pictures uploaded even with the trip cancelled...so just imagine how many pictures will be if we all made it....

      December 9, 2013

  • Lida

    Great seeing everyone and see you all again in a couple of weeks.

    December 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great crew great captain and one beautiful and smart host! :-)

    December 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I have to agree with Bill on the person that gave it 2 stars. Please comment to what is within our control. If there was anything we could have done better please let me know. I have control over a lot of things; communication, logistics, the color of my socks - but I am powerless over Mother Nature, the animals we will see, or traffic. As a veteran diver of more than 20 years I can tell you that I pick my dive group and more importantly, my dive captain, veeeeeery carefully. Capt. Dave and his crew are absolutely one of the safest crew I have ever had the pleasure of trusting my life with. If the captain says it's not safe to dive then it's not safe to dive!

    3 · December 8, 2013

    • Jonathan W.

      Exactly. Captain Dave and I even drove his SUV out to the point to look at conditions at 6:00 am. No other captain would do that, they wouldn't put forth that effort. Conditions looked ok from the point, but the actual conditions could only truly be determined once we motored close to the rigs.

      1 · December 9, 2013

    • Gene S.

      Well said by both. Over the years I have been on boats where terrible conditions were pushed and it is not worth it.

      December 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I will not be able to go on this trip and would like a refund.

    December 9, 2013

  • Jonathan W.

    Lida and I had a great trip...
    On the way up Sat morning I bought a new car, we toured the USS Iowa, had dinner overlooking the harbor, and watched the Parade of Lights from the Pac Star's dock. After a fun bed and breakfast tour provided by Captain Dave and crew on Sunday, we had another breakfast at a special strudel place near the Iowa that we having been trying to get to for ages, and then we went to the Huntington Library and Gardens in Pasadena. So with a little forethought and planning, we had a spectacular trip. It's good to have a Plan B this time of year. See you all on the 21st!

    2 · December 9, 2013

    • Jonathan W.

      Oh, I forgot to mention the Dim Sum in Monterey Park. It's like China Town. Exploring the south land is fun. And I wasn't being facetious about the B&B tour. It was great hanging out with our Power Scuba friends and the crew. Diving is good, but our PS friends are awesome! Of course the best part of the weekend was not having to clean gear. Lol

      December 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I love a captain that puts the safety of its divers before the money.

    5 · December 8, 2013

  • Travis A.

    Great group to hang out with!

    December 8, 2013

  • Bill P.

    Folks, Capt Dave wants to do a makeup, rather than cancel the trip altogether. Dec 21st. I realize not all of you may be able to do this, but I'm going to create a duplicate event page tomorrow and put you all on it. Then, if you can make it, do nothing. If you can NOT make it on Dec 21st, change your RSVP on THAT page to "No" and send me an email at [masked] and request a refund. (Make sure you include your last name in the refund request.) Thanks for understanding.

    4 · December 8, 2013

  • Brian S.

    Hi All. FWIW Given today's bail out I'd be more than happy for a 50% refund. Captn Dave did his best and burned plenty of fuel getting us close. The sleepover and munchies were way cool. And I had a great time meeting you all. Anyways, just think Dave and crew should be properly compensated.

    2 · December 8, 2013

    • Bill P.

      Thanks, Brian. We're working it all out as best we can. Capt Dave wants a re-do on the 21st. I hope most everyone can make that. Event page will go up tomorrow and you all automatically put on it.

      December 8, 2013

  • Bill P.

    Whoever gave this event two stars today, please free to not come to any of our events ever again. Capt Dave tried his level best to accommodate you all by waiting until the last minute to cancel the trip. It could have gone the other way very easily (toward good weather) as we've seen often before. Anyone who would give that effort low ratings does not belong in our group.

    2 · December 8, 2013

  • Rex U.

    I'm not going to make this trip, so expect me to be a "no show". Have fun everyone.

    December 8, 2013

  • Bill P.

    Capt Dave said the weather was a little iffy out there today, mainly due to the wind. Reports has the wind dying down before tomorrow morning, so we're gonna keep the trip going as of this moment, but Keep an eye out here in the comments section for any updates. Capt Dave will make a final decision in the morning. We, of course, want this trip to go for you all, but ultimately safety and comfort are the primary deciding factors.

    December 7, 2013

  • Doug E.

    I'll be glad to buddy up with someone. I got a small UW camera if anyone wants pix.

    December 7, 2013

  • Doug E.

    I have space for one more in my van if anybody wants to get a ride up. I'm leaving from Mira Mesa Saturday afternoon about 5ish.

    December 6, 2013

    • Brian S.

      Hi Doug. I'll take you up on that spot if still avail. I'm in PQ.

      December 6, 2013

    • Doug E.

      Brian: If you don't have a lot of gear we should be able to squeeze you in. Gimme a call. [masked]

      December 7, 2013

  • Gene S.

    Doesn't sound like a shortage of folks to partner up with for scallops or pics. Be driving up this evening and happy to dive with anyone.

    December 7, 2013

  • Pat P.

    Hi does anyone need a dive buddy?

    December 6, 2013

    • Jye C.

      Sure, if I can be in your pics :)

      1 · December 7, 2013

    • Pat P.

      Sounds good!

      December 7, 2013

  • Juan Carlos A.

    My +1 spot just opened up if someone wants to take it. Please email me via my Profile and we can discuss. Thanks!

    December 5, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I took it! My traveling companion, Jim, will be joining me.

      December 6, 2013

  • Amy D.

    There is a chance i may have an extra spot. My dive partner (+1), is feeling sick. Msg me if you would like this spot! :o))

    December 3, 2013

    • Amy D.

      Thanks Both! Jye and Brandon will take my two spots on the boat. Have fun all. :-))

      December 5, 2013

    • Bill P.

      Thanks for letting us know, Amy!

      1 · December 5, 2013

  • Bill P.

    I have to bow out of this one. (Have some Christmas party details to pursue and other admin-type stuff.) Kelli will be taking over as host of the trip. Have a great time!

    December 4, 2013

  • Gene S.

    Carla, I have been using a regular dive knife with 6 inch blade for years for large scallops. It's pretty easy. locate a scallop that is partially open and look at the shell, one side will be relatively flat, push the knife tip in and upward against that side of the shell and work it across to sever the scallop from the shell. Push that half open and slide knife along the more rounded portion and pull the medallion out. The guts will be wrapped around it. Put knife blade between the guts and medallion and cut it. Once cut peels right off leaving a nice clean button (medallion). Just toss guts in the water if one of the hundreds of little friends anxiously waiting for you to do so hasn't already taken it from you. Put the medallion in your goodie bag and move on to the next one.

    1 · December 4, 2013

  • Carla

    How much & where do I get a scallop permit?
    This will be my first scallop rodeo, if I can make it...

    November 26, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Oh! Thanks for the correction! So maybe I ought to follow the advice of the "Scuba Chef" (forgot his name but saw him at the Scuba Show on Long Beach) and eat the scallop while underwater?

      November 30, 2013

    • Eric G.

      Carla, a blunt dive knife might be used to pry the entire scallop, shell and all, but nobody really does that and it isn't a recommended method. I personally use a flexible stainless-steel putty knife, but any flexible, thin blade will do. The flexibility is important so you can sever the muscle right at the curve of the shell. Takes some practice, but who WOULDN'T want to go to the Oil Rigs several times to perfect their technique? Your mileage may vary, check your notes with some of the seasoned scallop hunters on the boat! Wish I could go on this one!

      December 4, 2013

  • Brandon Y.

    Amy, I'll take the spot. Thanks. Brandon

    December 3, 2013

  • Avery C.

    I'm Juan's dive +1 and an oil rigs virgin. I'm way over due for this dive and looking forward to first rigs dive.

    December 2, 2013

  • Jovan S.

    Is it okay to bring a non-diver (wife)?...

    December 1, 2013

  • Doug E.

    Tiffany: I have room for one more. Nancy and I are heading up late Sat afternoon. We are both in Mira Mesa.

    1 · November 28, 2013

    • Tiffany P.

      Thanks, Doug! Sending you an e-mail now. :)

      November 28, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      See you guys on Saturday!

      November 30, 2013

  • Tiffany P.

    Looking for a carpool buddy near the La Jolla/UTC area, preferably to leave Saturday night. Let me know if that's you. :)

    November 27, 2013

    • Jonathan W.

      Nancy is looking too.

      November 27, 2013

    • Tiffany P.

      We were talking about it, but she found someone closer. So I thought I'd look for another!

      November 28, 2013

  • Gene S.

    If forecast holds, temps expected at 70 degrees, sunny and winds less than 10mph. Keep fingers crossed!

    2 · November 25, 2013

    • Carla

      Cant wait to see Bill's Zoolander pose, bring ur "bringing sexy back" best!

      November 27, 2013

    • Carla

      Fair warning, Kelli & I have some pretty impressive below sea level poses also, & we've had a lot of practice lately ;)

      1 · November 27, 2013

  • Gene S.

    Carla, Have someone show you how to harvest them underwater out of the shell, so you don't end up hauling a bunch of rocks (shells) back to the boat. a small mesh goodie bag works well for storing the buttons. A descent dive knife works great.

    1 · November 27, 2013

    • Bill P.

      Actually, yes, this is required by the boat. You may not take shells up with you... only the medallions.

      1 · November 27, 2013

    • Carla

      I have a strap on thigh pocket that should work well for the 10 scallops I plan to harvest, I'll bet Kelli knows how to slay a scallop...you should see her massacre Lionfish, she's the queen mum & royalty in Roatan!

      November 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Is anyone driving up the night before? Can we sleep on the boat if we do?

    November 26, 2013

    • Bill P.

      Nancy, please read the entire event description. Thanks.

      November 26, 2013

  • George S.

    Cannot believe there are still spots available. This is the best diving trip! I would have joined on a heartbeat but have prior engagements...

    November 26, 2013

    • Jonathan W.

      Truly. The trip last weekend may have been the best local diving of the year, or beyond. That's why we keeping gushing about it. It was that great. I can't wait to get back.

      1 · November 26, 2013

  • Jonathan W.

    Lida is my +1.

    November 25, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Kelli is my +1 and I am so excited to dive the rigs again! Yahoo

      1 · November 25, 2013

  • Babs

    Derek flies back Sat from Fl so we'll see you on Coronado's

    November 25, 2013

  • Mark G.

    Unable to make this one..... I wish i could!!!!!

    November 25, 2013

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Refunds offered if:

  • the Meetup is cancelled
  • the Meetup is rescheduled
  • you can cancel at least 15 day(s) before the Meetup

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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