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1.5-Day Boat: Catalina Island & Oil Rigs!

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Price: $134.91 /per person

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When's the last time you saw a trip like this?!

And at this price?!

Up to seven dives possible!

You need a very good level of experience and comfort for this one.

CATALINA ISLAND is a special destination for scuba divers. It offers gorgeous diving in areas much less dove than the mainland. If you were to take the ferry over to the island, it alone would cost you $66... and that's not factoring in your food or diving. This 1.5-day boat promises to be the most cost-effective way for you to dive these island sites.

Oil Rigs: When we wake up the next morning after a fine day of diving the island, we head for home, but not before stopping off at the oil rigs and doing two dives there!

MANDATORY ITEMS: A good safety sausage and whistle. (At a minimum.) Don't show up on the boat without these.

COST: $134.91

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 then over the 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 7 pm on Friday) or come on early Saturday morning. Boat leaves the dock 7:00 am on Saturday. The boat does not wait for late arrivals.

BUNKS: Bunks are first come, first served. (A drawn curtain or bag present usually means the bunk is taken.) There are only 24 bunks, so save the bigger bunks for couples please.

SITES: Front side of Catalina. Ship Rock and... ?

FOOD: All meals provided, plus snacks and drinks.

AIR TANKS: Boat has free steel LP 72s (overfilled to an 80's-worth of gas) for your use or you may bring your own tank(s) (maximum of two). Caveat: Their compressor only fills to an LP steel's pressure limit. Maybe 3,000 psi if things are going well that day. 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 island. (They have steel LP 72 Nitrox tanks for your use for the cost of the fill. Tanks are overfilled to about an 80's-worth of gas.)

GEAR: Bring all your own gear (except for tanks if you so choose). Boat has some weights, but probably best to bring your own.

Bill's Recommendation: Bring your own tank and weights if possible.

BOAT: Pacific Star (http://www.pacificstardiving.com)

Would-be Car-poolers: Speak up in the comments section below!

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 (http://www.meetup.com/Scuba-Diving-San-Diego/messages/boards/thread/32049962).)

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.

UPDATE (from the captain): We {the boat crew} are usually done with dinner on 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.

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We like to call all our dive boat sites "Advanced" simply because currents can pop up and similar. Be strong in your skills, whether you're o/w or advanced, and you should be fine (though only YOU can make that final call). If you have ANY concerns or issues (or haven't been diving in a while) then get a Tuneup or additional training. There are plenty of shops and instructors who'll be glad to help. Look 'em up here: Shops & Instructors (http://www.meetup.com/Scuba-Diving-San-Diego/messages/boards/thread/6696656)

Dive Boat/Trip Tipping Guidelines: Tipping Info & Advice here (http://www.meetup.com/Scuba-Diving-San-Diego/messages/boards/thread/21783462/)

Cancelling an Event: When and why Power Scuba might do it (http://www.meetup.com/Scuba-Diving-San-Diego/messages/boards/thread/20706002)

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ADMIN STUFF YOU MUST READ:

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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 (http://files.meetup.com/1307107/New_Liability_Release.doc)

You must also read this: Disclaimer and Clarification... AKA Terms of Service...AKA Terms and Conditions (http://www.meetup.com/Scuba-Diving-San-Diego/messages/boards/thread/5914647)

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 (http://files.meetup.com/1307107/Medical%20Statement%20and%20Questionnaire.pdf) 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.

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.

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.