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3 day Memorial Weekend trip report-Truth-May 2015

san nicolas island

San Nicolas Island dive report for Channel Islands Dive Adventures. Trip was on the Truth on May 23-25, 2015 and was one to remember.

Had a great time on the 3 day CIDA Ca. Gold trip although it wasn’t so gold for some after the ride to Begg Rock the first night. The ride from Long Beach to Begg Rock is about 8 hours and you basically are going uphill against the wind, swell and current so unless it is the calmest of days you are going to get a bit of a bumpy ride. The good news is the ride home or to wherever you are going next will be much nicer.

san nicolas islandWe made it in not the worst of conditions even though a few would disagree and of course a few bunks did get wet from all the water going up over the boat and being pushed into any crack it could find but luckily the crew did a great job on getting everyone back in shape. One thing is for sure the clothes dryer was working on overtime.

You have to remember that the hard to get to locations are that for a reason and if the visibility was much better then we heard from the few san nicolas islanddivers that did the dive you would fully understand. It wasn’t too rough to dive but the anchor line wasn’t that close to the rock till it was quite deep and the visibility was maybe 15’ so getting from the anchor line to the rock proved to be difficult and not worth attempting the dive so for safety concerns I had the gates closed.

Begg Rock is about 7 miles from San Nick so the ride over to another site wasn’t too long. We did a few sites around San Nick such as the san nicolas islandouter boilers & Dutch Harbor always trying to get out of the wind which was nearly impossible. Once we moved and got ready it seemed the wind would find us. It seems we have had more wind the past few months then I can remember in a long time. Visibility was about 30′- 40′ with high 50’s water temp but it did seem colder and quite a few of the divers sat out dives because of the cold water. The dive sites were nice with kelp and some had some very

dramatic structure with lots of life on them. You can tell when you are at a place that doesn’t get too many divers or fisherman after seeing san nicolas islandlots of big fish.  We stayed put on the last dive so we could eat dinner and afterwards we left for San Clemente where we stayed for Sunday and Monday and the best part was the ride to San Clemente was like the best ride ever and everyone was able to catch up on some much needed sleep.

We started early at SCI first checking a possible wreck that didn’t quite pan out but then that is what CIDA trips are all about. We did san nicolas islandPyramid Point, Neptune’s Wall and Fish Hook (plus night dive) and for Monday we did the Underwater Arch and 2 dives at the 2nd Boiler which was awesome. This was probably everyone’s favorite site and it didn’t take too many arm twist to stay there for 2 dives. There was lots of kelp and huge structure from 20’ to 80’, walls, lots of crevices, fish but not much small things. This dive would make me want to get a wide angle lens for my camera setup!

san nicolas islandI think it is safe to say everyone had fun and even those that didn’t the first day. Vis at SCI was about 40′-60′ plus and water temp around 60. Afterwards we had a nice calm ride back and as always the crew of the Truth did an outstanding job!

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Written by Ken Kollwitz