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Sheer Joy: Oil Rigs and a Wreck. 3 Tanks for $82.61!

  • Jan 25, 2014 · 6:00 AM
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You need a very solid level of experience and comfort. Exciting stuff... BUT THERE IS NO BOTTOM.

Oil Rig Eureka (Nov 2013)

The Pac Star rocks! They're big with excellent safety, service... and TASTY 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... as well as experience in currents. 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. Truly.

COST: $82.61 

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 (but note you must show up no later than 6 am. (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. Do NOT place your bags on an open bunk.)

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


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 Power Scuba 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... and that any guests you bring agree to the same

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This is a no-take (except for scallops, if you have a fishing license) event. Anyone breaking Ca Fish & Wildlife rules will be turned in and summarily thrown out of the group.

 

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  • Frank D.

    Hey all, I saw someone with a scallop knife with what had to be a 5 inch blade and a dark colored handle. I have looked and can not find one like that on-line. If that person (or someone else) could share where I might be able to purchase one of those, I sure would appreciate it. The ones I have seen are much shorter.

    February 1, 2014

  • Kenneth L.

    Here is a video from the second dive on the rigs. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ujO_gNzGq6w

    1 · January 29, 2014

    • Kenneth L.

      Sure thing, share away. :)

      January 29, 2014

  • Kenneth L.

    Here is a link to one of the videos I took from the rigs. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W8tlNp7tRAw

    1 · January 28, 2014

  • Richard S.

    Great: trip, weather, crew, food, Dive buddy, dive group. Power Scuba Rocks !!!

    2 · January 26, 2014

    • Frank D.

      It was great meeting everyone on the boat too! I hope to be seeing you all on future trips!

      January 27, 2014

    • Richard S.

      That would be great, I will mow your lawn, wax your car, buy the beer& fuel.

      1 · January 27, 2014

  • Babs

    Awesome outing! Another great time with a group that loves to Dive

    January 25, 2014

    • Richard S.

      Thanks Meghann, see you on the next one. stay warm

      January 27, 2014

  • Fred M.

    Great trip as usual on the mighty PacIfic Star.

    1 · January 26, 2014

  • JOHN L.

    I enjoyed my first Power Scuba outing because everyone was so helpful and inviting. Thank goodness I have joined the squad to make Power Scuba so sexy! Looking forward to many more dives with you all.

    2 · January 26, 2014

  • George S.

    Great Diving day with the Power Scuba crew!

    1 · January 25, 2014

  • Brian S.

    We toughed the 8' swells and had a good time.. HA! It was a frickin lake and 80' vis. This could not have been a better rig experience. Thanks all. And so much for predictions...

    1 · January 25, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    It was crazy out there... I felt like George Clooney in A Perfect Storm... The swells were HUGE. Haha just kidding, it was a beautiful day with some awesome people!

    January 25, 2014

  • Frank D.

    Got everything ready, very excited! Gonna have dinner with my wife then head on over there tonight. Look forward to meeting everyone.

    January 24, 2014

  • Swend H.

    Hi Franz, I am heading up pretty soon. When can you leave?

    January 24, 2014

    • Swend H.

      that works I'm in chula so it will take me a while to get up there

      January 24, 2014

    • Swend H.

      call my cell[masked]

      January 24, 2014

  • George S.

    Anyone picking up scallops and needs a buddy?

    January 22, 2014

    • Franz

      George, I have a similar setup (one 120 cft, HP, initially filled w. Nitrox) Drysuit and want to go for the scallops. 325 dives. Have you found a buddy yet? If not, we could buddy up if you like.

      January 24, 2014

    • George S.

      Hi Franz, I sent you a private message...

      January 24, 2014

  • Franz

    Anybody planning on driving up tonight and looking for a passenger? Or anybody with not a lot of gear wants to join me going up there tonight? Elliot had to change his plans to tomorrow AM.

    January 24, 2014

  • Richard S.

    Hi Frank,
    I am a single as well. We can buddy up if you like. I've done the rigs 5 or 6 times. Easy diving. (usually). Not sure about which tank (s) you should bring.
    ME: rescue cert./174 dives/7-mil/last dive 2 weeks ago/camera/beer.

    January 22, 2014

    • George S.

      Oops..Frank seems like you have a buddy. I just noticed this.

      January 23, 2014

    • Franz

      Richard, I like the beer part

      January 24, 2014

  • JOHN L.

    This will be my first time diving with power scuba and a rig. Looking for a dive buddy or if anyone doesn't mind me joining their dive plan. I'm an adv diver looking to take some killer pics.

    1 · January 22, 2014

    • Brian S.

      John,

      January 24, 2014

    • Brian S.

      John, No prob with the 72's. My 100 will only be a 75 with the LP fills after dive 1. Thanks for the room offer but I'll be cruizing up from SD in the morning.

      January 24, 2014

  • Bill P.

    Appreciate it if you don't post swell reports from SURFING web sites. They don't care much for the swell out on the open ocean. Please everyone, wait until you hear from me (and Capt Dave by proxy).

    2 · January 24, 2014

    • JOHN L.

      Got a email saying the dive is a GO!

      January 24, 2014

  • Bill P.

    Folks, the Captain reports the swell model is predicting 3 footers or thereabouts for the ocean area around the rigs. This trips is a go. Semi-worst case scenario: If it's too rough at the rigs, we'll continue on across and do some Catalina diving (for just a few bucks more for his gas). See you tomorrow morning at 6:15 am!

    2 · January 24, 2014

  • Mike M.

    Hopefully the call is made sooner than later. I have a buddy driving from Phoenix for this trip. The swell is predicited to be even bigger tomorrow morning...

    January 24, 2014

  • Brian S.

    Uhg. Latest prediction is 5-7' swells on the rigs. http://forecasts.surfingmagazine.com/#place=[masked]_[masked]_8_2073_height_none_satellite_-1. Capt Dave and Bill will make the call. I'm good with whatever. There's always another day.

    January 23, 2014

    • Robert

      Sounds large, and yep, there's always another day.

      January 23, 2014

  • Swend H.

    my partner bailed, hopefully someone will want the spot

    January 23, 2014

  • Tashia

    These 2 spots are for Meghann and her guest. I will not be attending.

    January 23, 2014

  • Bill P.

    Folks, make sure you check these comments (and the page) Friday night for any possible updates.

    ALSO: A safety sausage and whistle are MANDATORY. If you don't have these upon boarding you'll be turned around and lose your money. Werd.

    This is an Advanced dive. If you show up with poor skills you can't complain about the resulting Nickname you receive on the group.

    See you all there!

    2 · January 23, 2014

    • Bill P.

      We'll do our best to get the word out of any cancellations by Fri afternoon. (No promises though.)

      1 · January 23, 2014

  • Frank D.

    My plan is to come the night before and sleep on the boat. None of my dive friends could come on this trip so If I could team up with another solo person that would be great. Otherwise I have a redundant system I could bring and am comfortable diving on my own. I am rescue certified, have experience and I don't mind diving with someone with less experience at all. I would dive whatever plan my buddy wanted because I have no experience on the rigs (I've been wanting to do this for 5 yrs now).

    I usually dive my HP steel 130's, and I have three of them. Some boats cannot accommodate 8" diameter tanks. I also have as many HP steel 100's. Based on the information above, I don't know which I should bring. It says to bring two but would three take up too much space? Will the 130's fit in the tank holders? Please advise.

    1 · January 22, 2014

    • Frank D.

      Thanks Bill. I'm happy to bring just one if that works better. Reading through the filling limitations, I guess I was think they prefer not to fill tanks. I am very happy to be along for the ride!

      January 22, 2014

    • George S.

      Frank I am also diving big tanks and looking for a buddy but will be stopping for scallops. If you do not mind that, we can pair up. I have brought a 130 on the boat before and that was not an issue. But remember that they do LP fills. I am bringing two tanks 130 and 120 filled with Nitrox. I also carry a 30cf pony but I doubt that is included in the count.

      January 23, 2014

  • Brad E

    Is anyone interested in taking my spot, I broke the scaphoid bone in my right hand/ wrist and that's probably not a good thing for this dive

    January 22, 2014

  • Tashia

    Who wants the last spot? Meghann is taking two. I will cancel tomorrow if no takers

    January 21, 2014

  • Bill P.

    A quick note on current: As the narrative states, if you're not capable of contending with a bit of current DO NOT attend this event. Ocean currents can pop up outta NOWHERE.

    January 21, 2014

  • Brian S.

    Big swell predicted to come in Fri and Sat. Keep our collective fingers crossed!

    1 · January 20, 2014

  • Tashia

    Rather than cancel...I Want to make these spots available to the girls who are on the wait list first...but at least 2 of my 3 spots are available. I am scheduled to work also, but trying to get Sat off. Email me at [masked]

    January 18, 2014

  • Gene S.

    I'll try to suffer through it! :-)

    1 · January 17, 2014

  • Gene S.

    Unbelievable..missed the last two rig trips and looks like I will have to miss this one as well....be in Cozumel sucking up those umbrella drinks on the beach.

    January 5, 2014

    • Gene S.

      Good, really want to dive the rigs and get some pics.

      January 6, 2014

    • Eric G.

      Cozumel! How terrible :) Gene, hopefully February 16th will work for you.

      January 17, 2014

  • Brian S.

    I'm in Penasquitos and was planning an early sat morn drive but could be talked into a fri nite sleepover. Room for 1 if anyone's close by and interested.

    January 16, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Franz yes I have a truck and can carry all our gear

    1 · January 16, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    hey guys im thinking of going but would like to carpool im located in oceanside area anyone wanna carpool ill throw in gas money

    January 5, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Text me in the AM[masked] if you want to go up Friday night

      January 6, 2014

    • Franz

      Elliott, do you have room for another diver in your car? (Drysuit->a lot of stuff...) Friday night after 5.30pm would be perfect.

      January 16, 2014

  • Bill P.

    Folks, Captain Dave intends to feed us Korean Bar B Q on this trip. Are there any of you who don't eat meat. Respond here if you would. Capt Dave needs to know.

    1 · January 16, 2014

    • Kenneth L.

      I'm allergic to gluten and I can't eat teriyaki/soy sauce. If he is making the BBQ himself and can leave some of the meat plain or just salt and pepper that would be awesome. If not, no worries. I was already planning on bringing my own food to not impose on anyone else.

      January 16, 2014

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Refunds offered if:

  • the Meetup is cancelled
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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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