Diving the oil rigs can be an incredible experience. Whether you want to take pictures, get scallops or just sight-see there is something for everyone. Diving a man-made object in the open ocean is mystifying and that is why we keep going back.
Trip Details-Magician- Oil Rigs- (Advanced divers and above)
- Where: Oil Rigs
- Depart from: 22nd Street Landing, San Pedro
- When: Saturday, October. 19, 2019
- Time: Board at 6:00 am Saturday or after 8:00 pm Friday evening and depart at 7:00 am with us getting back about 4:00 pm
- Cost: $135.00 includes, 3 dives, lunch, snacks & air
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. The oil rigs 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.
Diving the oil rigs Eureka, Elley and Ellen can be an awesome experience. Eureka (about 700’ deep) is the furthest out of the 3 and in most diver’s opinion it is the best to dive. Elley and Ellen (around 260’ deep) are not far from Eureka and are about 8 miles out of Long Beach. Elley and Ellen are connected together by a bridge making them more into an oil rig complex. What makes an oil rig such an incredible dive is the amount of life that live on the legs and cross braces plus you then have the schooling fish and sea lions swimming around the structure.
The rigs are photographer’s dreams come true. The visibility can vary depending on conditions and depth from 20’-100’. Generally, the best vis is 60’ or deeper. Diving the Oil Rigs-Video
The Olympic II started her life as the Star of France and built in 1877. Later she was sold and relocated to Washington State in the early 1900’s to haul lumber. She became a fishing barge in 1934 and was renamed the Olympic ll and moved to San Pedro, CA. On the morning of September 4, 1940 she was hit by another boat and sunk with the loss of some lives. The Olympic ll now sits a few miles out of Los Angeles Harbor in 100′ of water.
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. There is no spearfishing allowed on the Magician. Read more abut the Magician HERE.
If you have any questions, please
contact Ken at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (805) 469-7288