Boarding: Arrive 45-50 min before 7:30AM departure, check-in with divemaster (host), show certification card w/log book and come fully prepared with all equipment. Please be neat and tidy on the ship.
Make sure you have all your gear built and functioning before departure.
Cancellation Policy: Zero refund within the 7 days of departure date.
Dive Sites: Sites are to be determined by "BEST CONDITIONS". Water visibility, tides, current, surge, swell and wind control site location. Dive Conditions
Hunting: Spear-guns are not allowed. Responsible lobster grabbers ok.
Gratuity Rule: If you like'd the service you received, enjoyed the food and crew smelled good,... TIP THEM! Universal, global, traditional gratuity rate is $5.00 each dive per person. Example: 3 dive day= $15 in the tip jar.
Directions: Directions to local dive boats Directions will also be a Download Option on your email receipt.
Equipment: You are responsible for all your own equipment, personal items (be neat & tidy), and equipment operating properly. Rental gear is not available on-board ships. Back-up gear is for enrolled students only.
Rental: Come fully prepared with all your gear for a fun-filled day of diving. If your need to rent, go to Eco Dive Center the day before and have this filled out and ready... PDF Rental Form
Waiver: Your email receipt will have a download link for the required boat waiver that needs to be completed and ready and hand to the Divemaster. Here's a link PDF Boat Waiver .
DAN Protection: Supplemental dive accident coverage is always recommended.
Minors: Parent or legal guardian need to board ship and complete roster and waivers before departure.
Passengers: Guests of divers and snorkelers cost the same and shall tip crew as a scuba diver.
The Island: Catalina Island is a favorite destination for many divers and snorkelers. Just two hours from the Los Angeles Harbor, this island offers clean warm water with tons of action. With great Kelp beds, a variety of life, pinnacles and walls, it offers something for all levels of divers. With visibility of 30 to 100 feet, photography, kayaking, snorkeling and sightseeing are popular activities.
The "front side" is the leeward (sheltered side) of the island and offers some of the best water clarity (30' to 100'+) and the best diving conditions in Southern California for photographers and the mellow diver. Currents are generally mild and there's always a calm and clear site to dive.
Farnsworth (weather permitting):
"Farnsworth Banks" or also know as "Farnswoth Wall" or even "Farnsworth Pinnacles" is a very popular site for advanced divers. The dives and boat ride can be a bit challenging so have a few dives under your belt is a must. Experienced divers with DAN diver protection and healthy logbook required at check-in.
Located: This site is located 2 miles off the southwest side of Catalina Island.
Warning: The diving is deep, and currents can be strong so advanced fitness and skills are needed. Deep wall with possibilities of down currents on extreme tidal changes.
Rating: The diving is rated "excellent" this site always gets a big fat 10 by avid California divers.
Features: Breath taking drop offs, clear blue water, Purple California Hydrocoral, Lingcod, nudibranchs, and the many Torpedo Rays with a few sightings of Yellow Tail and other Pelagics
The Pacific Star Dive Boat is a family dive boat, owned and operated by Dave and Sonja Harvey and sons. Originally built in 1977 as a sport fishing boat named The Bold Contender. This all aluminum vessel served San Diego and San Pedro for years till she was renamed The Pacific Star and refitted for diving. The Pacific Star is a 65 X 22 foot dive vessel that dives in and around the Southern Channel Islands.
Personal Items Each diver or passenger should provide his/her own personal items/toiletries for their trip, (i.e., towels, bathing suits, comb, toothbrushes, toothpaste, sunscreen, etc.) Each head contains a shower with a Hair and Body Shampoo dispenser for your convenience. Paper towel and toilet paper dispensers are also provided in each head for your convenience. If you tend to get queasy, don’t forget your seasick medication! The PACIFIC STAR normally carries a supply of aspirin/ibuprofen, and has a fully stocked first-aid kit in case of emergencies.