Oil Rigs-Asante-Sept 10, 2016
Oil Rig dive report for Channel Islands Dive Adventures. Trip was on the Asante on Sept. 10, 2016 and turned out great. Being the weekend of the SoCal Shootout I thought we would have had more boats at the rig but we got lucky on Saturday as there was only one other small boat out at the rigs which was Darrel Walkers inflatable. On Sunday I heard of 4-5 boats that would be out to the rigs which would be a little crowed.
We had a full boat and started with the 1st and 2nd dives at Eureka. The rig had been cleaned to about 50′-60′ ft but there was still new growth on the clean areas. Of course just below that there was life everywhere. Only about half of our divers were there for the shootout and hopefully one of them were able to get a winning shot.
The conditions were good but not the best. The vis. was about 40′-60′ and not so blue with water temp around the low to mid 60’s which was nice because I was waiting for some new drysuit undergarments and was diving in my wetsuit. Not much surge or current on the first 2 dives and those that wanted scallops had their limits while at Eureka.
We then moved over to Elly/Ellen for the 3rd dive and conditions were about the same but there was a bit more current and also a few more playful sealions. Both Elly and Ellen had been cleaned like Eureka so as long as you went past 60′ there was plenty to see. There was one area at about 40ish ft deep that had a bunch of garibaldi’s hanging around their territory. Having so many with their bright color against the rigs dull color looked somewhat surreal to me and was plenty cool to see.
Once done with our 3rd dive it was back to the dock arriving at 2:00 pm with plenty of time for the drive home and to clean all the gear. It turned out to be a nice day and I was able to get a few pictures although none are all that great.
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By Ken Kollwitz