Diving rigs & wrecks can be an awesome experience. Whether you want to take pictures, get scallops or just sightseeing there is just something mystifying about diving a man-made object out in the open ocean! Join Channel Islands Dive Adventures aboard the Magician for a single day trip to dive the oil rigs (Eureka, Elley & Ellen) and the wreck of the Olympic ll on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019.
The plan is to 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.
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. Then you have Elley and Ellen (around 260’ deep) which 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 so much fun to dive is the amount of life that has called the legs and cross braces home plus you then have the schooling fish and sea lions swimming around the structure. The rigs legs and cross braces are covered with things like nudibranches, anemones (including metridiums), lots of fish like rockfish, Cabazon and sheephead, brittle stars and more. 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. She was built in Ireland in 1877 as a 3 masted ship and was 258′ x 38′. She was later sold and relocated to Washington State in the early 1900’s to haul lumber and later worked in Alaska. She then sat for many years before becoming a fishing barge in 1934. She was then renamed the Olympic ll and moved to San Pedro. She served as a fishing barge for many years until the morning of September 4, 1940 when she was hit by another boat, the Sakito. It was tragic as she sunk fast with the loss of some lives. The Olympic now sits a few miles out of Los Angeles Harbor in 100′ of water.
Diving the Olympic ll can be a fun dive with good conditions or challenging with poor conditions. Visibility can be anywhere from a few feet to 50’ plus. She sits on her starboard side and relatively intact with the bow standing some 30 feet off the bottom. All though there is no penetration diving on the Olympic ll there are still hazards to be aware of and even more so when the visibility is poor.
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.
- Where: Oil Rigs & Wreck of the Olympic ll
- Depart from: 22nd Street Landing, San Pedro
- When: Saturday, Oct. 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
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The Magician dive boat has been a favorite of SoCal divers for years and Channel Islands Dive Adventures is pleased that we now have added it to our lineup of boats we charter for our dive trips.
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