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

Truth Aquatics: "Truth Aquatics and Channel Islands, California", Aug, 2015,

by Gregory S Bruce, OR, US (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 9 reports with 2 Helpful votes). Report 8340.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Fiji, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, Cozumel, Pacific NW
Closest Airport Santa Barbara or LAX Getting There Fly into Los Angeles or Santa Barbara, CA

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, cloudy, dry Seas calm, surge, currents, no currents
Water Temp 65 to 70 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 7
Water Visibility 30 to 80 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Detailed dive briefings provided for each dive site. Everyone dives on own or in pairs/groups and dive their own profiles and limits
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals N/A Tropical Fish For Subscribers Only
Small Critters For Subscribers Only Large Fish For Subscribers Only
Large Pelagics For Subscribers Only

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter For Subscribers Only Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
UW Photo Comments I am not an UWP, but many on the boat were and they were well attended and looked after. Two large tabl ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude For Subscribers Only Environmental Sensitivity For Subscribers Only
Dive Operation For Subscribers Only Shore Diving For Subscribers Only
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ For Subscribers Only
Beginners 3 stars
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Comments I just got back from a 5 day live aboard trip with Truth Aquatics to the Southern Channel Islands (August 18-22). This was my second trip with Truth Aquatics.
They have 3 boats and I was on the Vision, which is the largest of the 3 boats. The trip was limited load (23 divers on a boat that accommodates about 40), so we had lots of room to stretch out, move around and extra bunks to store gear and personal items. All of the sleeping bunks are on the lower level in twin sized bunks or queen sized bunks. Blankets and pillows are provided. There are two showers, a large dressing room and 2 sinks and counter top space also on the lower level. 2 hair dryers are also provided. Water is appropriately hot and plenty of it. The main deck contains the aft dive deck that has plenty of room to accommodate all divers. There are two outdoor hot shower stations and there are giant stride entry points on both sides o ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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By David Baez in FL, US at Sep 09, 2015 07:51 EST  
I was on that same trip on the Vision . I found a little bit more temp variation, 59-71 degs, with the coldest at the deeper water. We had awesome weather, and were able to go to sites that the captain said often are difficult due to current. That said, be prepared for current. My wife and I did a dive where the current conditions changed quite a bit. We entered when the kelp could be seen at the surface, exited when the kelp was all underwater and at a 45 deg angle. The one thing that I would change on the boat is their exit procedure. They don't have a ladder in the water, but a platform that is partially submerged. You hoist yourself onto it and wait on your knees while the crew gets your fins. That was a literal pain in the knees, so I would often turn myself, sit, and pull off my own fins while seated. That wasn't an option for my wife who is 5'4" and had an LP95 strapped to her back.
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