Wrecks and Reef!
What is good in life? A warm summer day aboard a fine dive boat!
This will be a three-tank local trip aboard the well-appointed Humboldt (Waterhorse Charters). The boat provides tanks (steel 85s) and weights. Air compressor is on board. (You may bring your own tank if you prefer, but please send an email to [masked] so that they are aware of the number of tanks being brought on board.) Nitrox tanks provided for an extra charge. (Nitrox tanks are not filled onboard. Call ahead of time to set up.) You provide all other gear.
The boat also provides great food and drinks between dives. Hot soup, baby! And, oh yes, they have a hot, fresh-water shower aboard too.
(If you don't have a buddy you may team up with another single on the boat.)
You should have a good level of skill and confidence to perform these dives. The Yukon sits in ~100 feet of water and is sometimes subject to currents. An Advanced cert or comparable training is required for this trip.
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).
HMS Yukon: 365' Canadian destroyer laying over on its side in ~100' of water on a flat, sandy bottom. Very intact with much growth and structure. Penetration possible, but only to those skilled and trained to do so.
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'. She's laying upright in flat sand and is absolutely covered with spectacularly colorful marine life.
Seven Fathoms: Seven Fathoms (North Point Loma): Excellent rock pinnacles at the edge of the kelp forest. The main pinnacle top is... seven fathoms deep! 42-85' deep.
CHECK-IN: 7:00 AM. (technically 7:10) Go to the office first to fill out paperwork, then load your gear onto the boat directly behind the office building and setup your rig. It's a very short rid out to the Yukon, so you need to setup before we head out. The boat leaves the dock at 8:00 AM sharp. Don't show up at 7:45 AM and expect to go.
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 unless your seat fills. (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. It will then be used to entice another diver to take your spot. One week or more = full refund.
The Ten Commandments of RSVPing: </a><a href="http://www.meetup.com/"></a><a href="http://www.meetup.com/"></a><a href="http://www.meetup.com/">Click for the 411
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 inside, under the cabin seats or in the v-berth. Keep bags OFF the bench seats. (Those are for people.)
SKILLS: Kelp and current possible. Because of the depths involved this trip is considered "advanced." Stay within your skill-set and comfort level.
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!
Show up on-time.
Space is limited on a boat. Stow all your gear where directed to by crew.
Keep gear out of the walk-way.
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.
Dive Boat/Trip Tipping Guidelines: Tipping Info & Advice here
Cancelling an Event: When and why Power Scuba might do it </a>
The <a href="http://www.meetup.com/Scuba-Diving-San-Diego/messages/boards/thread/9702303">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. 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.
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.