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Dive Review of Dive Boat Magician in
The Continental USA/Southern California

Dive Boat Magician: "Advance diving and abundant color on Southern California Oil Platforms", Oct, 2016,

by Paul S Jacobsen, CA, US (Reviewer Reviewer 5 reports with 1 Helpful vote). Report 9316 has 1 Helpful vote.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Florida, California, Caribbean, Micronesia
Closest Airport Los Angeles Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm, surge
Water Temp 54 to 59 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 30 to 40 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Stay within the Oil Rig until signaled to approach the boat.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 3 stars 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 N/A
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
UW Photo Comments [None] ... 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 3 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
Advanced For Subscribers Only
Comments There is an active dive community in Southern California and the diving can be spectacular. Itís not the typical Undercurrents affair. It is cold water diving. While the past El Nino had warmed the water temperature up last year that effect is now subsiding. For a rewarding advanced dive there are the oil platforms mid channel about 9 miles out from the port of Long Beach. There are 3 oil rigs that can only be dived by reservation from the local dive boats charters. Itís advance diving because the bottom is about 700 feet below and the possibility of swells and currents. Also the boats don't moor so itís all "live boat" diving. The boat moves in, cuts its props, drops off a few divers that have to swim to the rigs, re-position, and repeat. Then the boat picks up the divers as they come back.

I did the Oil rig dive on the Dive Boat Magician ( in October. The Magician has bunks, a galley, 2 marine heads, and 2 hot water showers. The charter typically includes pastries, fruit and coffee during boarding, a hot breakfast after departing the dock. Snacks after the 1st dive. A full lunch after the 2nd dive, and desserts after the 3rd dive while sailing back to port. It includes beverages: fountain drinks, coffee and tea. The charter price includes air fills. Nitrox 32% is available for $10/ fill. You have to provide all of your gear, tank and weights. Be sure to bring a tall surface signaling device/marker, cutting device, and for the oil rigs a bright dive light.

Dive boats in Southern California run different than other locations in the world. While there is a divemaster on board they do not guide dives. DMís are there mostly for safety supervision, dive briefings and surface rescues. If you need a guide you should contact one of the local dive shops to hire a guide. In Southern California SMBís are only used for emergencies, so if you are going to deploy an SMB for a safety stop tell the DM before starting your dive. Diving the Oil rigs deploying an SMB is not needed for a safety stop since youíre within ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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