Wreck & Reef at "Beginner"­ Depths!

  • December 21, 2013 · 7:00 AM
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Introduction to San Diego's famous Wreck Alley at "Beginner" depths!

This will be a 2-tank, no-profit, local trip aboard a well-appointed charter boat. If you don't have a buddy you may team up with another single on the boat. The boat provides tanks (Al 80s) and weights (bring your own if you like). Nitrox onboard for an extra charge ($16 per tank). You provide all other gear. The boat also provides food and drinks between dives.

COST: $58.11 (Paypable via Paypal after you RSVP on the right.)



Ruby E: 165'-long former Coast Guard Cutter that was intentionally sunk as an artificial reef in 1989.  Resting in 85' deep water, the deck lies at about 60' and is a good beginner wreck.  She's laying upright in flat sand and is absolutely covered with spectacularly colorful marine life.

Acropolis: Nice area in the Northern Point Loma Kelp Beds. Contains a section that looks like ancient stadium tiered seating (if you tilt your head and squint your eyes). Depths of ~50-60 fsw.

To make reservations: Simply RSVP here (first) then pay via the Paypal interface that pops up. (Safe and secure... I've used it for years.)

BOARDING: When you board the boat, EXPEDITIOUSLY sign in (boat manifest and boat liability forms), assemble your gear (keep dive boxes/bags OUT OF the walkways), and then make room for others. Large boxes and bags may be stored on the second level. Small drybags can be stored in the v-berth. Keep bags OFF the bench seats. (Those are for people.)

SKILLS: We are deliberately keeping the depths of the dive sites less than 60' so everyone will feel comfortable. That being said, you must be decently strong in the skills for your training level.

The Ten Commandments of RSVPing: Click for the 411

If you back out less than 96 hours before departure (or "no call, no show") you are on the hook for the money. No refund. (To back out fully you must cancel your RSVP here and request a Paypal refund.) If you back out less than one week before the boat leaves you will be refunded half your boat fee. 8+ days= 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

Dive Boat Tipping Guidelines: Tipping Info & Advice here



Hydrate really well.

Take seasick prevention pills beforehand if you think you're at all inclined toward seasickness.

Eat a decent, non-greasy breakfast.

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

Bring a dive light 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, dive 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 crew is there for your safety.  Please show your appreciation.

Boat Etiquette Reminder:

Don't be late.

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, tampons, or similar.

If you have to throw up, do it downwind (leeward), NOT IN THE HEAD.

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


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.

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.

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.

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  • Bill P.

    My Good Friends,

    I'm told the skill level shown by a significant number of you left MUCH to be desired. Please take this in the gentle manner in which it is intended, but you must recognize that when you go diving having forgotten a large part of your training you're putting yourself and those around you in danger. A "Beginner-Depth Boat" doesn't mean a boat wherein the attendees can go into the water without a decent o/w skill set. ANY diver who does shore or boat dives must have that skill set. If you don't, then a Refresher/Tuneup class is the right thing for you.

    Even if you only dive a few times a year, your skills must be sharp. Trust me, there are divers every year who disregard that precept... and they pay for it with their lives. Every year, folks. I must ask that anyone who had significant trouble on this trip get a Refresher class before going out with us again. We'll be waiting for you with open arms. To all of you let me wish you a Merry Christmas and "safe diving"!

    December 23

    • Bill P.

      Many good ideas proffered here. Please take some of them to the bank. Any skills you learned in open water class are available for you and your buddy to practice at any time. (I like to do out-of-air drill w my buddy at the beginning of a dive.) Rescue skills are a little dicier, since, as someone mentioned, you'd have to coordinate w the lifeguards, etc. Too, it would put Power Scuba dangerously close to the realm of "training"... and we don't want to step on Store/Instructor toes. (Not to mention liability issues for Power Scuba.) Food for thought though.

      December 24

    • Shaun H.

      And that is why we need a supreme bench warmer, to keep us out of trouble!

      December 24

  • Eric

    I feel terrible for missing the boat. You guys were leaving the dock just as I drove up. At least there was more room on board. I’m a tad corpulent :^P

    December 22

  • Bill P.

    Why did y'all do 2 wrecks? The plan was for a wreck and reef.

    December 21

    • Shaun H.

      We dove the Ruby E. And NOSC Tower/old weather station.

      December 22

    • Bill P.

      Just for future knowledge, Jason et al: If vis is bad at the Ruby E it will NEVER improve at the NOSC Tower. The Pt Loma kelp beds, however, are far enough away and in a different area, that vis is at least another "dice roll".

      1 · December 22

  • Richard S.

    As always a great group of divers, wish the vis was better, but- That's Diving.
    Merry Christmas to all and to all GOOD DIVIN!
    Maybe Santa will bring "The Marissa" some kind of music system this year.

    December 22

  • Jason P.

    We had a great group of divers! Unfortunately, we were still seeing the effects of the previous couple days of swell. The viz was OK on the Ruby E. We wanted the group to have the best possible day of diving and with first hand knowledge of conditions in the kelp we tried to pick another site for people to enjoy. Nothing worse than going down the line and seeing nothing while being pushed back an forth with the surge. We tried to do the "Bridge" yet the swell and surge would have been too much for "beginner" divers so we chose the NAOC tower. I had a great time with everyone and yes...it wasn't the best of dive days...it was pretty good too. Only a couple people got seasick..with the sea state I'm surprised I wasn't one of them. Still a great day with great people...

    1 · December 22

    • Muataz

      This was my first dive in San Diego and I had a great time. From everyone's response about the conditions it's good to hear that it can only get better.

      December 22

    • Rachel Q.

      Ouch... Lol.

      December 22

  • Charles D.

    Vis was bad. Boat and all people were great! Was hoping for a wreck and a reef, but got 2 wrecks.

    December 21

  • Eric

    Bad traffic and I'm lost. Have fun

    December 21

  • Eric

    Bad traffic and I'm lost. Have fun

    December 21

  • Muataz

    I know this is a little late, but do you think I could rent gloves from the boat?

    December 20, 2013

  • Matt C. O.

    Just missed this one as I was in the process of RSVPing. Oh well. Trying to get 20+ dives by year end.

    December 17, 2013

  • Jason P.

    Give it another shot Rachel....you should be able to do it.

    December 11, 2013

    • Rachel Q.

      Thanks Jason, my friends get the 3 spots. It's their first time but Daniel Chupco will accompany them. I sign up in the waiting list. Thanks again

      December 11, 2013

    • Christine B.

      I got a flu right now. I don't think I can make it Saturday. Rachel will be getting my spot . Enjoy

      December 17, 2013

  • Callie M.

    Bowing out due to a rotten flu, can't count on being well by Sat.

    December 16, 2013

  • Muataz

    Let me know if anyone can't go, I'd love to do this dive.

    December 14, 2013

  • Gene S.

    Same as Lida. I will be cancelling this trip in favor of the oil rigs.

    Great dive, but as Lida states..oil rig wins!

    Enjoy the Ruby E and safe diving.

    December 9, 2013

  • Lida

    Our oil rig trip got rescheduled to this day. Had to choose and the oil rigs win.

    December 9, 2013

  • Babs

    Out of town doe the Holidays:( Enjoy!

    December 2, 2013

Your organizer's refund policy for Wreck & Reef at "Beginner" Depths!

Refunds offered if:

  • the Meetup is cancelled
  • the Meetup is rescheduled
  • you can cancel at least 8 day(s) before the Meetup

Additional notes: Back out less than 96 hours before departure (or "no call, no show") = no refund. Back out less than one week before departure you will be refunded half your boat fee*. 8+ days= full refund*. *All refunds subject to .31 Paypal fee and 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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