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.
Popular Sites (weather permitting):
Seafan Grotto at Catalina is a popular dive site at Catalina due to it being a CA State protected reserve. The "Grotto" is a small cavern filled with Gorgonians. This site always has healthy kelp due to a consistent current in the shallow areas. You'll see Blacksmith, Senoritas and Garibaldi. Rare nudibranchs have been found at 30ft and 70ft deep. Look for Moray Eels hidden in the rocks 30ft-45ft. Rocky structure cascade down to 75 or 80ft. Abalone, scythe butterfly fish, and black-eyed gobies are found here. Torpedo Rays and Angel Sharks will be on the sandy flats.
Indian Rock at Catalina is a shallow, protected spot great for all levels of divers. So named for the rocky structure at the surface, it is a beautiful rocky reef with abundant life and lots to explore. This spot is perfect for scuba classes, kayakers, snorkelers and just about everyone. This site has plenty to see right at 25ft but also has deeper areas to explorer for more advanced divers. You will find plenty of schools of fish along with horn sharks, lobsters, gobys and of course plenty of Garibaldi.
Rock Quarry is a gem of a dive site at Catalina. This site is protected so conditions are usually calm, with good visibility, healthy kelp and an abundance of life. There are many hidden gems to find here including the shy scythe butterfly fish and rainbow scorpion fish. This site has three main areas: the east with kelp forest; the rocky wall with butterfly, scorpion fish and morays; the deep sand drops down to 80-100ft quickly but great for spotting angel sharks and juvenile treefish. This site is a photographers dream and although there is lots to see in the marco world keep an eye open for the larger Giant Sea bass as he too also likes to room this site.
The Magician Dive Boat is a staple to the Southern California dive community. The boat is a fast, sleek-hulled 65 foot Passenger/sport ocean going vessel certified by the U.S. Coast Guard. The Magician has a hot shower, a galley that seats 22, air conditioned bunks for 22 people, spacious fore and aft sun decks for relaxing on the upper deck in between dives.
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 MAGICIAN normally carries a supply of aspirin/ibuprofen, and has a fully stocked first-aid kit in case of emergencies.