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Information About Channel Islands Dive Adventures

Mission Statement

Channel Islands Dive Adventures organizes and plans scuba trips on various dive boats with 4 main goals in mind. The 4 goals are to offer trips to specific unique dive destinations, to promote diver safety and offer reasonable priced trips. Above all to have fun with other like-minded divers.

What is Channel Islands Dive Adventures LLC all about?

Channel Islands Dive Adventures has some scuba diving trips you will not find on any dive boat schedule. CIDA charters the boat and picks the planned destinations. We always have a representative, trip leader or host on every trip. The trip leader/host helps make things go smoothly and help pair up buddies if needed. Most importantly they help keep things organized and safe. Diving with CIDA is like diving with FUN family!

For those looking for longer vacation trips we also offer warm and cold water trips, camp-outs and more. Please check our Dive Calendar or Scuba Dive Vacations pages for all the current cool trips we have planned. If you would like to check out more about us please find us on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Flickr and You Tube

Meet the owner

ken kolliwtzChannel Islands Dive Adventures is owned and operated by Ken Kollwitz. He is a retired NAUI Instructor and has a passion for organizing and running trips no matter where they are. He has been diving for over 30 years and is a cold water diver at heart. Ken’s planned and organized many trips from San Diego to British Columbia, Canada and has dived the Channel Islands for over 25 years.

He has also led groups to Cuba, Bonaire, Solomon Islands, Roatan, North Carolina, Florida, Cozumel, St. Lawrence River in Ontario, Canada and many other dive locations.  Ken has a sense of adventure and enjoys all types of scuba diving such as; hunting, wrecks, photography, drift, deep, tech, deco and more. Formerly, he worked for a local dive boat in the Channel Islands Harbor as a Divemaster and Operations Manager.

Ken’s been fortunate over the years to be able to explore much of the Central Coast. Specifically the coastline between Avila and Monterey using small and large boats, inflatable boats and by foot doing shore dives. He has dived the Honda wrecks at Honda Point several times which are located in front of Vandenberg. Because of security reasons after morro-baySept. 11 there is no longer access to this area.

He has also chartered a friend’s 26’ Aluminum boat several times with them bringing it from Ventura County, spending several days running out of Port San Luis. For these trips they would search and explore cool dive sites while camping at North Pismo State Beach. Those were the days! Many of these sites are still great dives. The funny thing is most divers around the San Luis Obispo/Morro Bay area know very little if anything about the great diving they have locally. Some of the best diving Ken has done are wrecks, dive trips to Canada and trips to North Carolina for megladon shark teeth.  Diving for things like old bottles is another passion of his.

Where did it all start

Channel Islands Dive Adventures was started in September 2008 from all these past and present adventures. The plan has always been to offer more interesting and advanced trips to adventurous divers.  These trips would normally not be available and at the same time offer relaxed easy trips for the diver looking for a nice day out diving different sites. If you are looking for a bit of adventure in your diving you are at the right place. Maybe you would like to dive some new sites and have the chance to meet other divers. If so please sign up for one of Channel Islands Dive Adventures trips.

Please check out our website. We have lots of articles from past trips, pictures, scuba links and dive resources and we keep it all up to date. If you have any questions, comments, pictures or videos to share or anything else, please contact us.

What is Channel Islands Dive Adventures

People are always referring to Channel Islands Dive Adventures as a club, a shop, a travel agency and sometimes the owner of the boats that we charter and the answer would have to be none of those, but a little of some of them if that makes sense.

We are a home-based online business with no actual store or dive shop. Lot’s of people think we are a club but we are not. CIDA is run more like a club then a business as you will find out when you join us a trip. We do work with other clubs offering a 5% discount on trips to club members in the way of a special promo code for the club to use. Some people think we are the owner of a boat but that is not true either. After Ken worked on a boat for a while he realized it was much easier to just charter boats. I am sure you all heard the saying for a boat.

I guess you could say Channel Islands Dive Adventures is more like a travel agency except we only book our own trips. We don’t book trips for others.

Who are our trip Hosts/Guides

Ken Kollwitz/Owner of CIDA

kens 2000th dive off santa barbara island off the truthKen was certified at 16, had a 10-year surface interval and has been diving the last 28+ years.  He has 2500 plus dives, mainly around the Ventura-Monterey-Channel Islands area. Ken considers himself a true cold water diver with his favorite diving around Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada. Other places he really enjoys to dive are Jade Cove, Port San Luis / Avila / Morro Bay area, Monastery beach and San Clemente Island.

Ken does no teaching but tries to instill good diving habits on CIDA trips. He has been a member of the Channel Islands Divers dive club for many years where he has served as past President and Dive Coordinator. He has been a member and helped out with various other local dive clubs and organizations such as the Channel Islands Underwater Photographic Society and the Channel Islands Council of Divers. Ken also helped out the Ventura College advanced NAUI dive program for the about 5 years.

Besides diving, Ken really enjoys meeting new and other like-minded divers. Ken believes safety is #1 and having fun is #2.

  • Basic Scuba Diver, NASDS, 1977
  • Openwater 1, NAUI, 1990
  • Rescue Techniques, NAUI, 1991
  • Masterdiver, NAUI, 1991
  • Ventura College Safety Diver, 1993
  • Divemaster, NAUI, 1993
  • Nitrox Diver, IANTD, 1995
  • Open Water Dive Buddy, HAS, 2000
  • Wreck Diver Limited Penetration, TDI, 2004
  • Advanced Nitrox/ Decompression Procedures, IANTD, 2006
  • Diving Emergency Specialist, DAN, 2007
  • Visual Inspection Procedures, TDI, 2008
  • Mixed Gas Blender/02 Technician, NAUI, 2008

Desmond Ho

desmond-hoDesmond got his open water certification in 2010. A few years back he started coming out on CIDA trips. Since then, he has obtained many certifications, including recently becoming a NAUI Instructor. He primarily teaches open water classes at University of California, Santa Barbara. When he is not teaching students, he enjoys taking photographs underwater and can often be seen sitting on the same rock for entire dives.

Desmond’s passion for underwater photography has lead him to enter and win in a number of underwater photography competitions. His favorite subjects include nudibranches, snails, and other small creatures so if you would like to take pictures of them, please don’t hesitate to ask him! When Desmond is not diving, he is often found spearfishing or surfing.

Anastasia Laity

Anastasia has been diving regularly in Southern California since 2003,
becoming a divemaster in 2008 and an instructor in 2011.  She loves
teaching open water classes and introducing people to all the amazing
things there are to see underwater in California – even on the
not-so-nice days she never gets tired local diving!

She picked up a video camera underwater for the first time in 2005, and
has been an active member of the Los Angeles Underwater Photography
Society since shortly after – you can see her videos, including many
shot in local waters, at

On weekends she teaches classes at a local dive shop or dives for fun and
video as much as possible, and during the week she’s a system
administrator for an astronomy data archive at Caltech.

Where we like to dive

With the beautiful Channel Islands and excellent California Diving at our back door it is obvious there is no shortage of dives sites to visit. We are very lucky and like it all running trips to all the Channel Islands, a number of Offshore Oil Rigs, lots of wrecks both around the islands and coastline and we like some of the special sites along the coast from LA to Monterey. There are trips on our Dive Calendar you will not find anyplace else and you’ll see we like to explore new places as well. Stepping out of the box is our specialty!

What we like to do on trips

We enjoy choices and know divers are all different in their likes. This is why one of our typical trips will have sightseers, underwater photographers and hunters with everyone getting along and enjoying the trip together. On about half our trips we have Guest Photographers who are on board to offer free advice, suggestions and tips.

Check out our FAQ page for more info on Channel Islands Dive Adventures and the trips we run.