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

  • Dec 21, 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 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.)  After setting up your gear in a spot on the rear deck, move your box or bag to the bow or other area. The rear deck should be clear of these items. A few items can fit under the bench, but please don't hog it with large bags.

BUNKS: Bunks are first come, first served. Please allow couples first dibs on cabins. (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. 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. Bring a SAFETY SAUSUAGE.

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 Friday 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


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.

Ensure that the pedals for the heads are in the up position when finished, otherwise fresh water will continue to flow through them and the boat may run out.

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.


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

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  • Jonathan W.

    Dives were good. Although conditions were not optimal, we made the best of it and had a good day. Got to spend the day with a great bunch of friends.

    December 22, 2013

    • Tiffany P.

      Great fun as always, even with the mildly grumpy ocean. Thanks, Jonathan, for leading the group and for sharing the yummy scallops with everyone. :)

      December 22, 2013

    • Weiwei G.

      Hi, Jonathan - thanks for sharing the scallops. If you still have mixed feelings of collecting scallops, I can always help you to eat them so to make you feel better.

      December 23, 2013

  • Lida

    The dives were fun. I didn't take many pictures though. Too busy hanging on to the pilons to keep from being blown off the rig by the current.

    December 22, 2013

  • Brandon Y.

    Some pics from the dive. Enjoy

    1 · December 22, 2013

    • Brian c.

      Nice pic of me with a scallop lol

      December 22, 2013

    • Brandon Y.

      I bet they were tasty. :)

      December 22, 2013

  • Susan S.

    Weather and current played a big role in making this day not quite perfect...but the rigs was beautiful and the people were great!

    December 22, 2013

  • ryan a.

    Ya my third backed out! So a spot opened up Hope someone gets in

    December 20, 2013

  • Derrick s.

    I want a spot!! Anyone not going to make it?

    December 20, 2013

  • Richard

    I would love to fo this again! Please let me know if a spot frees up

    1 · December 10, 2013

  • Bill P.

    Alright, folks: All of you who ported over from the cancelled trip earlier this month are CONFIRMED on this trip. You've had well over a week to change your RSVP if you wanted out. So now, all regular rules of backing out of a trip apply.

    Enjoy the trip. I hope the vis is awesome!

    December 16, 2013

  • Amy D.

    Jye and Brandon will take both my spots.

    1 · December 8, 2013

    • Amy D.

      Thanks Bill for updating the roster. :-))

      1 · December 11, 2013

  • Brian S.

    Thanks Bill and Captn Dave for another shot. Like the wise Forrest Gump's Mom said "So Cal winter diving is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you're going to get." Er something like that..

    3 · December 8, 2013

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Your organizer's refund policy for Diving Beauty: Oil Rigs and a Wreck. 3 Tanks for $82.63!

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.

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

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