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Exceptional Wreck Diving on the SM1 & Gosford-Truth Dive Boat-Nov. 4, 2017-(Advanced divers and above)

SM1-LSM 251The wrecks of the SM1 Humble and Gosford are two of the best wrecks in California and both are two of the least visited. Join Channel Islands Dive Adventures aboard the Truth for a trip to to both wrecks on Saturday, November 4, 2017. Both wrecks are excellent dives and hopefully you can join us!

toilets on the wreck of the SM1The plan is to board on Friday, Nov. 3rd between 8:00-midnight with the Truth departing at 4:00 am to dive the wrecks of the SM1 & Gosford. We should be back about 6:00 pm. Both wrecks were never made or sunk as diver friendly wrecks so you must be careful when diving around them. Both wrecks are very seldom dived and some of the coolest ones around. This is a must do for an advanced diver who likes to dive wrecks. We will also have Pat Smith aboard to give us a history of both wrecks.

fish on the wreck of the sm1The SM1 sunk in 1961 and was then salvaged and is now a great dive site. The SM-1 now lies upside down about 2-3 miles offshore between Gavotia and Coho Anchorage in about 75′ of water. The SM-1 has kelp and schools of fish along with some great wreckage to look at. You MUST be careful diving the SM-1 as there is lots of jagged metal and other hazards such as current and the lure of seeing what is inside. There are plenty of holes to see inside and there is a large debris field on the starboard side. The SM-1 can be great for pictures and just plain sightseeing with visibility being 10’-50’ and an average of 20’ ft. Check out the video from a trip 2 years ago on the SM1.

See video about the SM1

gosford wreck The Gifford__Sister ship of the GosfordThe Gosford sunk in 1893 in Coho, Anchorage after being towed there while burning for 5 days. She now sits in 35’-40’ of water on a sandy bottom with lots of fish and kelp growing all around her and is now an excellent artificial reef. There is still much to see of the Gosford after all the years that have gone by including lots of photo opportunities not only of the Gosford, but also all the marine life that calls her home, some times you can spot the wolf eels in a hole on the starboard bow. The Gosford makes for a perfect shallow dive after diving the SM-1 and she is only about 10 minutes away from the SM-1.

*For this trip we will have Todd Winner aboard from Immersed Imaging to give one on one help with photo tips and questions.

todd winnerTodd Winner has been diving and photographing marine life since 1990. His work has appeared in commercials, books and private collections.   Todd is a regular contributor to Sport Diver and Scuba Diving magazines and has won over 60 international underwater photography competitions. Recently, Todd co-founded Immersed Imaging with friend and fellow photographer, Michael Zeigler. He is a member of the Ocean Artists Society, which uses art to raise awareness in protecting our oceans.

This trip is best suited for Advanced divers and above that have experience in cold water conditions including; current, swell, kelp, possible limited visibility and deep water. The wrecks visited are unique and interesting and inherently have more hazards and may not necessarily have the best dive conditions. Most importantly, good buoyancy control is needed and surface signal tubes are always recommended.

Trip Details

  • Where: SM1 & Gosford wrecks
  • Depart from: Santa Barbara, Sea Landing
  • When: Saturday, November 4, 2017
  • Time: Board on Friday night, November 3rd between 8:00-midnight with the Truth departing at 4:00 am Saturday
  • Cost: $150.00 includes 3 dives, meals, air and reserved bunks
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downloadThe Truth is the original Truth Aquatics boat, and thanks to regular updates and maintenance it remains a world-class liveaboard diving and excursion vessel. It is an ideal entry level boat for smaller charters and groups of friends. The versatile Truth is equally at home running to San Miguel for spear fishing excursions as it is spending lazy days with kayakers at Painted Cave, doing photo trips to the rigs  down south as well as some specialty trips diving wrecks such as the ones Channel Islands Dive Adventures plans to do aboard the Truth.

The Truth was built in Venice, California and launched in 1974. She is 65’x 22′ and with a cruising speed of 10 knots andtruth dive boat 550 nautical mile range she is ready to go anywhere in SoCal. She is powered by two Detroit diesels and has two generators to supply everyone with plenty of power. The Truth was built for comfort and has a large galley fully ready to make meals for the hearty divers that like to call her home on dive trips to the Channel Islands and beyond. There is also a BBQ for cooking tri tip and chicken for mutli-day trips and a good sized sundeck built above the galley. There are also 2 heads and 3 showers (1 on deck, 2 below deck) and a 1050 gallon fresh water capacity.

The dive deck is spacious and has seating for you and your gear as well as room for some of the bags underneath the bench seats and there is always room along the sides for more bags. The Stern Compartment is used for a drying room for wetsuits, game freezing and it is where the clothes dryer is. If you are a hunter there is also live game wells  built in the transom for game storage. For filling tanks there are 2 Ingersoll-Rand  air compressors aboard capable of filling to 3500 P.S.I. and a nitrox membrane system for 32% nitrox fills. For safety they have a full first aid kit, O2 bottles, Auto Defibrillator, Certified Crew and a 16 foot Caribe chase boat with 40 HP Honda 4-stroke outboard.

truth dive boatFor the bunk room there is  room  for 45 people maximum consisting of 12 double bunks and 20 single bunks. See bunk room layout here. Each bunk has pillows, blankets, curtains, and reading lights and there is also a dressing room located in the bunk room. The bunks are a good size with plenty of headroom to make you feel more at home rather than being squashed into a small space. If you would like to be even more comfy a sleeping bag is always recommended.

The Truth is based out of the Sea Landing in Santa Barbara with the Vision and Conception

  • Gear Rentals: If you need gear rentals you have 2 choices-get them through the Truth Aquatics Sea landing or get them through your local dive shop.
  • Fishing License: Unless you arrive during normal business hours, you will need to ensure you have a valid CA fishing license that covers the duration of our trip, Ocean Enhancement, and if you plan on taking Lobster, a Lobster Report Card. These items will not be available on board.
  • Parking at the Sea landing in Santa Barbara: There is plenty of parking close to the Truth. It is a paid parking area so you must get your ticket validated in the Sea Landing office before leaving so you can leave with paying only a very minimal fee.

Directions to the Truth in Santa Barbara-

The Truth is based in Santa Barbara at the Sea landing. The address is 301 West Cabrillo Boulevard • Santa Barbara, CA 93101 • (805) 962-1127. Check here for directions.

Any trip on the Truth is always fun and Channel Islands Dive Adventures has several single day trips chartered on the Truth. Please check the Channel Islands Dive Adventures schedule and come join us on our next dive adventure aboard the Truth!

*Please see the California Dive News Truth dive boat review here.

To sign up and pay for trip or if you have any questions, please contact Ken at

info@channelislandsdiveadventures.com or call 805 469-7288