Magician Dive Boat Information
The Magician had been owned and operated by Captain Jerry Lewis for many years creating a good following for the boat. 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. Afterwards he took the opportunity to take over as Captain and Operations Manager at Lois Ann Dive Charters where he remained 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. He also 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. Carl is also a 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. It 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. 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.
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 added the Magician to our Dive Calendar using it for lots of different trips. It has been working exceptionally well for and look forward to continued use of it. 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.
Note: You may collect scallops and lobsters on the Magician but spearguns and pole spears are not allowed.
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