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

Truth Aquatics, Jul, 2004,

by Jeff Hawkins, AZ, USA . Report 1141.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 26-50 dives
Where else diving California, Hawaii, Mexico
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, cloudy Seas calm, choppy, surge, noCurrents
Water Temp 52 to 64 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 7
Water Visibility 20 to 50 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions [Unspecified]
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 2 stars
Large Pelagics 3 stars

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Plenty of room for setting up cameras, cleaning, downloading images. Also ample rinse tanks.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments This is a great dive operation. We went out on the Conception. There is room to accomodate 40 people. There were only 26 of us so there was plenty of room. The food was wonderful. I never went hungry. This is BYOB though. The crew went out of their way to help you and also to leave you to yourself. There were a lot of experienced divers on this boat. Everyone was comfortable doing what they were doing. Most had a drysuit on though I wore a 7mm and was just fine. The setup on the boat for dive gear allows ample space for storage. You might have to wait a couple minutes for the benches to clear to get you BC on but there were no time limits on what we were doing other than the captain telling us when the food was ready so we were in no rush. As soon as you put your tank on the rack after the dive the divemasters were there filling it. Good compressor, quick fills. The life in the north channel islands was nice. A lot of kelp in this area. Plenty of life to see, even the small stuff like nudibranchs and gobys. Saw many bat rays and sea lions and some harbor seals. Smaller species of shark as well. The only disappointing thing about this trip was not finding a giant black sea bass. The bunks had plenty of room to sleep in. Make sure to bring your own sleeping bag. Hot water showers on the boat which is nice after diving in cold water all day. This operation is well run. I will come back to this one.
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