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Dive Review of Truth Aquatics/The Truth in
The Continental USA/Channel Islands, CA

March, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by Bob DeFeo, CA, USA
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Report Number 4697
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Hawaii, Kauai, Philippines, Caymans, Texas, Puget Sound, Roatan, Monterey
Bay, N. California Coast
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy, rainy, cloudy, dry  
Water Temp
54   to 55    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
40   to 50    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
No restrictions enforced.  Dive your own profile.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Tropical Fish
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Rinse tanks, tables, current for charging all present.  Crew treats your
camera like it was their infant...careful, respectful, knowledgeable with
great support for photographers.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
5 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
3 stars   
5 stars    
Terrific operation!  They have three boats, Truth, Conception, and Vision.
I've been out with Truth Aquatics seven times in the past three years and I
always appreciate the value and the service. Truth Aquatics has been in
operation since the 80s and are home-ported in Santa Barbara Boat Harbor. 
They specialize in diving the northern and southern Channel Islands, San
Miguel, Santa Rosa, Santa Cruz, Anacapa, Santa Barbara, Catalina, and San
Clemente.  They also do annual trips to Pt. Sur and other customized
locations.  In addition they offer snorkeling, kayaking, and hiking
adventures on and around the same Islands and Santa Barbara.
On this trip we took the two day dive cruise and dove around Santa Cruz
Island.  You board the vessel Friday evening and leave port at 4 am on
Saturday.  The 2 1/2 hour sail time allows for a full day of diving and a
night dive.  You can easily do 4 to 5 dives in one day---weather/conditions
permitting. The boat departs the Islands for Santa Barbara between 1pm and
2:30pm, depending on what island you are on for the last dives.  They goal
is to have you back between 5 and 6 pm.
Diving the boat...superb dive briefs and two to three deck hands assist
with filling tanks & assisting divers.  Safety swimmer/diver is suited
up when divers are in the water and each boat as a rigid hull inflatable
with outboard as a pick-up or mooring tender that's deployed along side
during diving and when moored.  Depth-finder screen is positioned so all on
the dive deck can see the depth below the keel.  Giant-stride entries done
of the port & starboard gates or starboard bow gate.  Mask risk tanks
are conveniently positioned next to each gate.  Exits are done via stern
swim platform that sits about 1 1/2 to 2 ft below the water line with
additional platform above followed by the three-step ladder to the dive
deck.  Crew pulls fins and weights, if desired.  The Truth has two showers
below the deck in the stern, a drying room for hanging wet suits (bring
your own hanger) and an electric dryer for drying towels, clothing.  There
is one hot water shower on the dive deck on the Truth.  Conception and
Vision have two hot water showers on the dive deck. All boats also have
cleaning tables and water hoses for cleaning speared fish, shellfish and
lobsters when in season and taken by licensed fishermen or
shellfish/lobster gatherers.  Tanks can be rented at the dive shop at the
dock or bring your own.  Compressor on-board for fills and fills are
checked and topped off by the crew. They give great fills.  All dive gear
is stored on the dive deck and tanks bungeed in typical racks.  
Each boat has a sun deck, galley and eating/gathering area with built in
tables and sitting.  Meals are fantastic and the crew will provide
specialty meals for those with diet restrictions or vegetarian desires. 
Full or light breakfast fixings, full hot lunch, dinners, beverages hot and
cold...wonderful desserts and plenty of munchies for snacking.  No alcohol
served BYOB, is desired.  Ice available on board. Sleeping accommodations
are below deck and are single or double berths/bunks with privacy curtain,
reading light, pillows, blankets, foam Naugahyde-covered pads.  Most divers
bring sleeping bags.  No wet gear permitted in the sleeping area.
Dives are wonderful in the kelp forests along the numerous coves and dive
spots up against the islands.  Many seals and or sea lions, lobsters,
sunstars, urchins, sculpins, anemones, stone fish, kelp bass, occasional
black bass...sometimes horn, leopard, swell sharks. Colorful dives and
great diversity of aquatic life. A photographer's dream scenario. Weather
can change quickly here necessitating changing dive spots. But given the
size of the islands and the experienced and service-oriented skippers and
crew, they usually find another calmer spot right around the corner. 
Typically they moor the stern and anchor off the bow, keeping the boat in
position making it easy to return.  
Truth Aquatics owner, Glenn, skippered out boat and his lovely wife and
daughter, Dana and Ashley, were our chefs. Great people always asking what
they can do for you.  You feel like a very pampered guest when you dive
with Truth Aquatics.  Two day trip above was $396 and I did seven dives on
the trip with some divers doing as many as nine. Great California diving. 
Requires 7mm suit with many using dry suits. You won't go wrong here.
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