Diving Conditions and Dive Equipment Requirements
Our staff on board strives to be the friendliest, most helpful and most experienced in the area. There are there to make your trip safe, fun and to help you with any questions you may have. Most of our staff are Divemasters or Scuba Instructors, avid lobster hunters and free-divers, so if you need help are there to give you some pointers.
It is important to note that our Divemasters are not able to dive with you on a dive. In California, it is common that you will dive with your dive buddy and not in a group lead by a divemaster. Our captains are place the anchor that can be used as a descent line directly on the dive sight. The best diving is right at the anchor line, so you may follow the anchor line for your descent and ascent.
Our water temperatures vary and range from 52-58 degrees Fahrenheit in the months of February to June and then increase to 56-64 degrees Fahrenheit in the months of July to January. The best diving is from June to February and during that time we can find excellent visibility ranging from 40'-100'+. During the months of March, April and May we find that conditions are a bit rougher with more winds and lesser visibility. Diving can be great during these months, it is just not as consistent as the other times of the year.
Things that you might expect to see on your trip include: Dolphins and whales while crossing from the mainland to the islands. When we are diving we can see: sea lions, bat rays, Garibaldi, lobsters, abalone, sea urchins, sea stars, kelp forests, Calico Bass, Giant Sea Bass, octopus, Horn Sharks, Torpedo Rays, shrimps, nudibranchs and many other critters.
Scuba Diving Equipment
No equipment is included or available on the boat. You must provide one tank, weights, and personal dive gear for cold water. our temperatures range from 52-64 degrees Fahrenheit. We do not offer rentals.
We recommend that you have or rent:
7mm Wetsuit with Hood, Boots and Gloves
Mask, Snorkel, Strap Fins
BC, Regulator with Alternate Air Source, Pressure Gauge and a Depth Gauge or Dive Computer and a Compass
1 Scuba Tank
Weight Belt with Weights about 10% of your body weight plus about 4-10 more lbs.
Flashlight, Cylume Stick (if you are doing a multi-day trip for night diving)
No equipment is included or available on the boat. You must provide weights and personal dive gear for cold water. Our temperatures range from 52-70 degrees Fahrenheit. We do not offer rentals.
You will need to provide your own personal equipment for cold water including weights, spear gun, dive knife, float line and high visibility float, your own ice chest with ice, fillet knife, and water-proof watch. We recommend that you bring two floats with you, a large high visibility float for use in open water and if desired you may bring a smaller more streamlined float, like a Kelp Carrot for diving in the kelp.
For your personal equipment we recommend that you have or rent:
5mm-7mm Wetsuit with Hood, Boots and Gloves
Mask, Snorkel, Strap Fins or Long Bladed Free-Diving Fins
Weight belt with quick release and we suggest about 10% of your body weight plus 4-10lbs.
You are responsible to have all required fishing licenses and have knowledge of the California Fish and Game Regulations.