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Cesar C

Excellent trips with people that genuinely care about traveling, exploring, friendship, and scuba. You truly feel like family and taken care of .

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Tom Testerman

Very professional all the way through. Ken plans and executes great trips and assembles groups of amazing fun divers. Can't wait for our next trip!

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Thank you Tom and it was great meeting you. Can't wait to have you and Tim join us for another adventure!

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Michael M

A well-organized and well-executed operation. Excellent attention to the details. Everything went smoothly. You’ll be glad you booked the trip.

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Thank you Mike! It was an excellent trip and I am glad you and Alan were able to join us.

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Mike Laban

Always a fun and well organized trip with CIDA.

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Thank you Mike and it was great seeing you!

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Jared G

My friends and I have had two unforgettable trips with Ken and Channel Islands Dive Adventures.

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Marc G

CIDA always delivers an amazing dive trip. We were spoiled this time as we had great weather and INCREDIBLE Visibility. However, CIDA ensures that all divers are well taken care of. And if someone needs something, CIDA is always ready with …

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Mike L

CIDA plans and runs excellent trips. Well planned, great communication and a fun group. Always a variety of trips to chose from.

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Steve Denney

The trip to Wilson Rock was superior. The food was excellent. Surprisingly the sleeping arrangement was quite acceptable. (bring a sleelping bag unless you like to sleep on plastic) The crew as attentive as quick to assist. All the …

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Joanne R

Magician crew was VERY attentive, personable, an helpful in every way. They demonstrated care & concern every step of the way, genuine concern for each diver’s safety and enjoyment. CIDA did well to book this trip thru them.

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Howard L

Well organized, good friendly group of divers. The dive sites were really enjoyable. CIDA takes good care of you.

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Richard A

Ken plans fun trips and does everything he can to make sure his guests get their money's worth and have a great time.

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vivek S

Great dives , good location and wonderful crew in Peace , perfect sunday.

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Jeremy P

Ken always throws great diving adventures! Always well thought it and very instructive. Looking forward to the dive adventure.

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Matt C

One of best dive charter companies I have ever worked with! Ken organizes interesting, fun trips and is extremely friendly and helpful. I had several hurdles pop up during the planning and execution, and Ken quickly overcame them all. He …

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Kate Breuer

We joined Ken on a 3-day trip to Big Sur and it was amazing. Ken was super helpful and the trip was well-planned. The boat was amazing! The crew was super flexible with the food and everyone was nice 🙂

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Thank you Kate and it was so nice meeting and talking to you and Dennis. Good luck on your new adventures!

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Chris Godek

Ken is a wonderful trip organizer and leader! The Big Sur trip is my favorite yearly event and I'm always stoked to join CIDA events!

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Thank you Chris and look forward to seeing you on another Big Sur trip!

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Chris G

Ken is a wonderful host and trip leader! He is kind and caring and brings extra gear and accessories on his trips in case anyone is in need. He also takes the time to get to know all of his clients and genuinely loves diving with everyone.

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Dan C

Ken is an amazing organizer with a passion for Scuba. Our trip to Big Sur was incredible!

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Kate B

Awesome Trip to Big Sur!

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A Google User

Ken always puts together a great trip. So many good things to say about CIDA trips that I find it difficult to choose just one! If one is new to CIDA, you will not be disappointed!

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Gail Ashton

Awesome first trip to the Channel Islands! The conditions weren't as 'tropical' as I was hoping, but Ken & the Captain (Truth) worked together to get us to some great sites. Ken seems to have cultured a great group of respectful and fun …

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Thank you so much for the kind words Gail. It was a pleasure diving with you and celebrating my 2000 dive with you as my dive buddy. Hope to see you in the future!

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Shawn B

CIDA is always great! For unique adventures in local SoCal diving, they can't be beat!

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Stephen Brown

Absolutely a great dive boat and crew. The boat is clean, well run, the food is superb and plentiful. I would highly recommend this boat and group to any diver. The price of the weekend is well worth it. Tech diver to entry level open water…

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Thank you Stephen and it was great meeting you. Looking forward to seeing you again!

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Blain Checkley

I recently went on a day trip to Anacapa Island and had a fantastic time. The boat was arranged well and had great services. Well worth the long drive to Ventura to dive with this group.

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Hi Blain, Sorry I missed you but I know BJ & Steve did an awesome job like always. Hope to have you out diving with CIDA soon!

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Mark Sweeney

Super fun, awesome people, great dive trip, would do again

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Mark Sweeney

So much fun! Had a great time diving off the boat, plus they feed you ridiculously well. I'll definitely be coming back

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Joe R

Just returned from a CIDA group trip to dive Bonaire.

All went well, the accommodations, the diving services of the Buddy Dive facility and staff was excellent. The operation is clean and operates efficiently.

Ken plans and carries out his…

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Ann Hoagland

Ken's well organized and very mellow. You do as much or little as you like with the group. Bonaire was my 7th trip with CIDA.

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Thank you Ann and it is people like you that make my job easy. Looking forward to seeing you on trip #8!

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Scott H

Had a great trip the the west side of Catalina. The staff was extremely friendly and knowledgeable, and I met amazing divers while we were out. I can't wait to come back and dive again.

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Dan K

Great group to dive with. Can’t wait to go again!

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John D

Very Organized team, knowledgeable and great guys!

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Christy Robinett

Just finished the Catalina dives, such a great crew and the people we dove with we're fantastic. I can't wait to book again!

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Thank you Christy! It was very nice meeting you as well and I am looking forward to having you join us on another Dive Adventure!

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Carol Linteau

Great dive group, well organized events!

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Quiet Mike

Great organization. great trips! I have enjoyed the oil rigs dives!

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Thank you Mike and it is always nice having you join us!

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Craig Hoover

I have been happy to dive with some of California's best divers at new and interesting sites on CIDA charters. There are always dive pros to help out and share enthusiasm for the sport. Can't wait to dive with them again!

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Thank you Craig Hoover! I is always a pleasure having you and other Pacific Explorers Dive Club members out diving and having fun with us.

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robert miller

The boat and it's crew are so wonderful it makes me want to be a better person

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Kevin Goldsberry

Well organized trips that feel very much like a club dive. Friendly, knowledgeable, and helpful CIDA reps on board.

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Robin Hanson

Top notch!! Everyone is like family and welcoming. Safety is priority.

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Drew Wilson

Fantastic group of folks with some neat trips, particularly to the northern channel islands and abroad. There are few people as kind and good spirited as Ken. Having been on trips to North Carolina, and various single and multi day …

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Cin Divers

Consistently a well organized trip with people who laugh and love diving!

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Steve Happoldt

Super friendly and helpful crew. Good accommodations. Good food. No complaints here.

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Thank you Steve and it was a pleasure meeting you this past weekend!

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Michel Masson

Outstanding dives at Tyler's Bight, San Miguel Island, last weekend with CIDA! What a spot! Ken runs a great ship, and B.J. was a super dive partner. This was my third or fourth trip with CIDA and I most certainly will be going with …

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Thank you so much Michel. It was a pleasure having you out and I hope to meet your wife on another trip.

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Sharon Hannon Rice

Amazing first-time trip! Highly recommended scuba adventure.

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Thank you Sharon and I only wish I took more time out to talk to you more during the trip. Looking forward to having you join us again!

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Ben Azzam

Ken was a great help in booking our trip with the Peace. He was very organized and easy to work with. Even when we were in search of tanks for the trip last minute he was able to help us out and loan us tanks from his personal gear.

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Thank you Ben and it was very nice having you and Samantha out with us. Looking forward to seeing you both out soon!

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Deanna Leslie

What a wonderful day with Channel Island Divers! Ken is so nice and helpful! I had been out of the water for over 10 years, but diving with Ken had me feeling completely confident, comfortable and safe! I look forward to chartering many …

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Thank you Deanna! It was a pleasure diving with you this past weekend and look forward to having you out in the near future.

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Claudette Dorsey

Thanks to Channel Islands Dive Adventures for bringing good divers together and chartering excellent boats (Peace dive boat and Truth Aquatics boats) for creative dive trips. Ken and B.j. take turns as superb hosts, welcoming each diver and…

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Thank you so much Claudette Dorsey and it is ALWAYS a pleasure having you join us! I also love seeing your smiling face after a dive when you are so excited about seeing the underwater beauty of California.

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Anastasia Laity

As usual, another delightful trip with CIDA – I love going out with these guys because they choose interesting locations and attract a really great group of divers. We happened to have terrific conditions on this day on the wrecks of the …

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Jeremy Pollay

I've been going on CIDA trips for the last 7 years and every one of them have been absolutely amazing! Primarily on the lobster diving trips in October. Ken puts on a great trip and everything is well thought out and well-executed. I look …

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Bruce Fischer

Great group, great crew, fun event. We'll be back

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Thank you Bruce and looking forward to seeing you all soon-hopefully before the next Bug Fest!

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Erin Sivia

This was the first time my husband and i had been on this dive boat and it exceeded our expectations. The boat was very clean, the crew was helpful, knowledgeable, the food was great, and the dive sites were amazing. Thank you for a great …

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Response from business owner

It was really good to meet you both and glad you could experience such a wonderful day of diving wrecks with CIDA. Looking forward to having you both out diving with us again!

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Jesse Dube

What a blast. Good hard working people. Enjoyed the speed at which we made it to and from the dive site. Always felt safe and in control of the situation. Thanx for the Booty we got from the owner.

See again soon

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Ray Tsuyuki

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Just had a great trip with CIDA. 2 days on San Miguel.......never have had conditions like that. B.J. and Steve do an excellent job hosting. They go out of their way to make everyone feel welcome and part of the group. Steve …

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Thank you Ray and it is ALWAYS a pleasure having you join us on a trip. I heard how nice it was and am jealous I missed it!

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Rümeysa Usca

It was first time for me to dive in the ocean and I joined to trip alone. Therefore I had a lot of concerns about trip, foods, diving, safety... However Ken and his team was great, I took care about me for everything. I feel lucky to dive …

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Thank you Rumeysa! My grandson and I had fun diving with you and it was really nice meeting you. If you are ever back in the states I hope you join us again.

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Kim Calder

CIDA is a great operation. Ken always puts tougher fantastic dive trips with amazing people. I have enjoyed every trip I've taken with them. It's always like a trip with the family, to great locations. Even if the conditions aren't the …

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Cyndi Lang

Absolutely wonderful customer service! Ken was super nice on the phone. Looking forward to diving with them soon!

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Mike Anderson

Great and professional folks! Safety and doing things right are their priorities. It was a pleasure diving with them aboard the Peace two weeks ago.

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Thank you Mike and we look forward to seeing you in the near future!

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Robert Shay

Literally just finished the latest CIDA trip on the Truth Aquatics Conception over Memorial Day weekend. I cannot say enough about Ken, he was there helping any who needed it including me when I had trouble clearing ears the first day. …

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Thank you Robert and you were a great dive buddy. Glad you joined us for the trip and hope to see you out again soon!

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Cindi Harris

This group is AMAZING!! Ken Kollwitz is passionate about diving and making sure everyone else enjoys the trips ~ whether they be local or out of the country. His trips provide divers with opportunities to not be diving the same sites over…

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Thank you Cindi Harris and anytime you come out on a CIDA trip I will have the tank ready for you to use!

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Robin Boettcher Hanson

Thank you Ken for putting on such exciting and interesting trips. I always know that I will be buddies up with an experienced diver and greeted by a super host that takes care of all the details. The boats are 1st class and truly cater to…

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Thank you Robin and I am so happy you have enjoyed the CIDA trips and hosts. BJ & Steve do an awesome job and our job hasn't been done if we haven't done all we can for everyone on board. Looking forward to having you out on the Dec 19th trip.

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Kathie Kolasa Rossitto

Ken looks great, but any chance you can put tbe local dive schedule as calendar entries like the out of state/country ones OR put it under tbe files tab? I am always fumbling trying to find it...hmm could be a personal problem tho! Lol

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Hi Kathie, I could put them all under the event tab but with so many trips I just didn't want to overwhelm people. What is the tbe files tab? You could also look at the website under "dive calendar".

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