Farnsworth is one of the best dives at Catalina and Channel Islands Dive Adventures has the Magician chartered for a single day trip on Saturday, August 25, 2018 to dive Farnsworth and the West end of Catalina. The plan is to board at 5:00 am Saturday or after 8:00 pm Friday and depart at 6:00 am with us getting back about 5:30 pm.
Farnsworth Bank is a large seamount consisting of several pinnacles and it is half a mile wide from east to west. It is situated five miles south from the back side of Catalina in the open ocean. It is therefore exposed to all weather conditions and can have strong currents at times. Farnsworth is an ecological reserve where the purple hydrocoral is protected and the only hunting that is allowed is for pelagic fish. The shallowest area is about 55′-60′ deep and most of the dive is like a wall dive with lots of crevices where fish and some morays hang out among all the purple hydrocoral. If conditions are good we will stay and do two dives at Farnsworth before heading to another dive site.
See video on Farnsworth Banks
Along with Farnsworth, the West end of Catalina and the backside of Catalina has some excellent dive sites and with all the kelp that is growing at them you just can’t go wrong. Some possible sites are Cape Cortez, Eagles Nest, Wild West and more.
This trip is best suited for Advanced divers and above that have experience in cold water conditions including; current, swell, possible limited visibility and deep water. Most importantly, good buoyancy control is needed and surface signal tubes are always recommended.
- Where: Farnsworth & West Catalina
- Depart from: 22nd Street Landing, San Pedro
- When: Saturday, Aug 25, 2018
- Time: Board at 5:00 am Saturday or after 8:00 pm Friday and depart at 6:00 am with us getting back about 5:30 pm.
- Cost: $145.00 includes, 3 dives, food, drinks & air
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The Magician had been owned and operated by Captain Jerry Lewis for many years creating a good following for the boat and now with the new owner/operator Captain Carl Mayhugh it only seems to get better. Captain Carl is not new to the SoCal area nor to dive boats plus he knows the weather patterns and how to make customers happy.
Captain Carl Mayhugh began working in the dive industry as Second Captain of the Horizon in San Diego until he took the opportunity to take over as Captain and Operations Manager at Lois Ann Dive Charters, and remained there until he bought his own dive boat. Carl holds a USCG 100GT Master License.
He has been a member of the Board of Directors for the San Diego Oceans Foundation and was in charge of the Wreck Alley Mooring Project for 3 years.
Carl worked for NOAA as a field biologist and was a Marine Mammal Observer for the NOAA ORCAWALE Marine Mammal Survey plus he had the opportunity to teach college level marine biology and marine field ecology at Prescott College’s research station in Bahia Kino, Mexico, on the Sea of Cortez.
He has worked as a Whale Watching Captain in Dana Point and the Long Beach area. He has a degree in Marine Conservation Biology, a Graduate Certificate in Coastal Studies, and a Certificate in Ornithology. He is an AAUS Scientific Diver, a PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer, and a member of the NOAA Large Whale Disentanglement Team for OC/LA.
The Magician is a 65’ USCG rated vessel that is certified to carry up to 44 passengers or 28 divers and has bunks to accommodate up to 22 passengers. CIDA will have a maximum of 24 guests for our single day trips. The have a full galley with them serving meals, snacks and drinks on all trips including their whale watching trips. Even though CIDA will not be doing any multi-day trips on the Magician they do have a nautical range of 1,000+ miles with them cruising at 10 knots.
They have new engines (Tier III), an air-conditioned bunk room, hot shower, clean restrooms, dedicated camera table, freshwater rinse tank and all USCG safety equipment including AED and 02. For those nitrox divers they have a Nuvair membrane system with fills costing $10.00 or $7.50 with fill card. Their specialty is Catalina, Oil Rigs, Farnsworth and of course whale watching and marine mammal viewing.
Channel Islands Dive Adventures has just added the Magician to our 2017 schedule using it for trips to the Oil Rigs & Farnsworth which we think it will work exceptionally well for. For trips on the Magician you will need to bring all your own gear and 1 tank. If you need gear rentals you can arrange in advanced with through your local dive shop.
The Magician is located at the 22nd Street landing where several other dive boats are docked and is the first boat you will see to the left side of the dock as you go down the main ramp. Their address is 141 W 22nd Street, San Pedro, CA
*There is no spearfishing allowed on the Magician
To sign up and pay for the trip or if you have any questions, please contact Ken at
firstname.lastname@example.org or call (805) 469-7288