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Dive Trip to Oil Rigs and a Wreck... 3 Tanks for $82.66!

  • Nov 25, 2012 · 6:00 AM
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You need a good 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 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: $82.66 

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/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 5)A beer or two (on Power Scuba) after your dives. 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.

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 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.

Cancelling an Event: When and why Power Scuba might do it

Pointers:

  1. Bring your certification card.
  2. Hydrate really well.
  3. Take Bonine if you think you're at all inclined toward seasickness. If you aren't sure... take some Bonine (or similar)!
  4. Eat a decent, non-greasy breakfast.
  5. Bring something to keep you warm between dives (overcoat, boat jacket, etc).
  6. Bring a torch for peering into nooks and crannies.
  7. End your dive close to the boat (unless you enjoy long surface swims).
  8. ALWAYS bring your dive essentials: A safety sausage, knife, and whistle (at a minimum)!
  9. 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:

  1. Show up on-time. Boat leaves at 7 am sharp.
  2. Space is limited on a boat. Stow all your gear where directed to by crew.
  3. Keep gear out of the walk-way, damnit.
  4. Put your fins on at drop-in point (not forward and then flip flop over people's feet and gear).
  5. Don't rinse your mask or other gear in the CAMERA BUCKET!
  6. Don't clog up the marine head with baby ruth bars or similar.
  7. If you have to puke, do it downwind (leeward).
  8. 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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  • Sean S.

    Here is a link to the video of Dive#2 at the rigs with Yuri, Franz, Rich, Sophie, Trista and crew in the distance as Sea Lions play. Awesome dive!! Enjoy! http://youtu.be/EcVRRvaWWr0

    November 30, 2012

    • Yuri

      Nice :)

      November 30, 2012

  • Bill P.

    Everyone had a good time?

    November 26, 2012

    • Bill P.

      the flu I caught on the plane back to the States never got real bad, but it had tremendous staying power. I still feel the vestiges of it in my chest. Hopefully will be 100% gone by this weekend so i can enjoy the 1.5-day Catalina trip. Thanks, Sophie!

      1 · November 26, 2012

    • Yuri

      Bill, it was great! I hope that you fill better.

      November 27, 2012

  • Barbara C.

    How easy it is to get dive buddies paired up on this event? I am a proficient diver with nearly 300 dives. Air consumption is pretty good. My deepest dive is 138 feet in Lake Michigan on a wreck and the longest dive is over 2 hours on a reef in Florida. I like to take underwater pics but do my best to not let that distract me from my buddy team. Let me know if you are interested in pairing up.

    October 31, 2012

    • Pat P.

      Hi Barbara I'm very interested in pairing up. Feel free to email me at [masked]. Pat

      November 20, 2012

    • Pat P.

      Had an incredible time ...thank you sooo much!

      November 27, 2012

  • David

    Excellent diving with excellent dive buddies. Hope to do this trip again soon.

    November 26, 2012

  • Trista B.

    The oil rig dives were AMAZING!! Some of my favorite dives that I have done here in So Cal....wow so impressed by all the life!! Of course the molas and sea lions were the highlights....and great vis too!! Can't wait to go back!

    November 26, 2012

  • Yuri

    Good dive!

    November 26, 2012

  • Rich B.

    3 great dives and the Pacific Star crew took real good care of us.
    My wife may make me go back for more scallops. Life is good !

    1 · November 26, 2012

    • Sean S.

      Those were some great dives Rich! Thanks to you and Franz for showing me around the Rigs! Amazing dives! I'll have video of the trip and pics up this week.

      November 26, 2012

  • Barbara C.

    What a great trip. Nice dives, very playful sea lions and a fun group to be with. Cant wait to do it again.

    November 26, 2012

  • Sean S.

    Amazing dive with a great bunch as always. We had a couple new faces and a bunch of the 'Usual Suspects' as well. The dives were spectacular and I personally was blown away by the Oil Rigs!! Simply amazing! Thanks so much Bill for putting this together and to everyone that made it out! Can't wait for this weekend to do it all over again! :)

    November 26, 2012

  • Rich B.

    3 excellent dives !

    November 26, 2012

  • Sophie W.

    Where is that SoCal sun ?!!! Besides that, gorgeous dives & awesome people !! Cant wait to go back..... like next week?

    November 25, 2012

  • Jennifer

    Really nice spots. All three dives were really good with lots of life and visibility. Lots of fish and the sea lions had fun playing with us.

    November 25, 2012

  • Josh

    My alarm.

    November 25, 2012

  • Josh

    Sorry I'll be missing everyone today. Not making it up there in time. Spent night in New Port Beach though missed

    November 25, 2012

  • Randy L.

    Sophie nothing has changed. I thought we had decided meeting me at the hotel around 5PM. You should have my cell phone, if not let me know, and I will email it to you.

    November 20, 2012

    • Sophie W.

      thanks, just send you a mail :)

      November 22, 2012

  • Sophie W.

    Carpool from San diego ? I'm living in PB !

    October 30, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      Ok I'll check it out with Randy

      November 18, 2012

    • Sophie W.

      so what's going on ? Are we all gonna go together ?

      November 20, 2012

  • Sophie W.

    Is anybody interested to have dinner on the night before diving ? There's a mexican place next door where the margharitas are yumm !

    November 6, 2012

    • Sophie W.

      next door= next to the boat I mean

      November 6, 2012

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Your organizer's refund policy for Dive Trip to Oil Rigs and a Wreck... 3 Tanks for $82.66!

Refunds offered if:

  • the Meetup is cancelled
  • the Meetup is rescheduled
  • you can cancel at least 3 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 (other half may be used to entice someone to take your place.) 2+ week out= full refund.

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

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