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

August, 2015, an Instant Reader Report by Gregory S Bruce, OR, US
Sr. Reviewer   (8 reports, with 2 Helpful votes)
"Truth Aquatics and Channel Islands, California"
Report Number 8340
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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 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  N/A
Tropical Fish
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Small Critters
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Large Fish
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Large Pelagics
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Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
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Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
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Shore Facilities  
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Comments
I am not an UWP, but many on the boat were and they were well attended and
looked after. Two large tabl ...
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Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
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Food
5 stars
Service and Attitude
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Environmental Sensitivity  
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Shore Diving  
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Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

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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 ...
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By drbaez 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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