The wrecks of the SM1 Humble and Gosford are two of the best wrecks in California and both are two of the least visited not to mention all points beyond these wrecks past Point Conception. Join Channel Islands Dive Adventures aboard the Truth for a trip to both wrecks and some exploring on Saturday/Sunday, Sept. 14 & 15, 2019. Both wrecks are excellent dives and I am sure we will find some very cool reefs as well. Join us for this one of a kind trip!
The plan is to board on Friday night between 8:00-midnight with the Truth departing at 3:00 am with us getting back about 6:00 pm Sunday. Both wrecks were never made or sunk as diver friendly wrecks so you must be careful when diving around them. Both wrecks are very seldom dived and some of the coolest ones around. This is a must do for an advanced diver who likes to dive wrecks.
See video about the SM1
The Gosford sunk in 1893 in Coho, Anchorage after being towed there while burning for 5 days. She now sits in 35’-40’ of water on a sandy bottom with lots of fish and kelp growing all around her and is now an excellent artificial reef. There is still much to see of the Gosford after all the years that have gone by including lots of photo opportunities not only of the Gosford, but also all the marine life that calls her home, sometimes you can spot the wolf eels in a hole on the starboard bow. The Gosford makes for a perfect shallow dive after diving the SM-1 and she is only about 10 minutes away from the SM-1.
We have never explored past Pt. Conception but know there are reefs with lots healthy kelp. We will mainly be looking for reefs between 50′-100′ with as much structure as we can find. Be an explorer and step outside the box for this trip!
On this trip we will have Guest Photographer Zac Araneta joining us to give free tips and suggestions for those who ask.
Zac is a PADI Master Instructor and PADI Elite Instructor. He has been diving for over 20 years, certifying thousands, and has over a year of bottom time from various sites around the world. Zac works at Samy’s Camera in Culver City as an underwater specialist while teaching Scuba during weekends. He shoots to grow his passion for photography and to protect the environment. Zac started his interest in photography when he was asked to complete a project in grade school to make a pin-hole camera box. He took pictures, developed them in the classroom and shortly thereafter borrowed his first film camera from one of his friend’s fathers. Soon afterwards his interest in photography quickly grew into a passion and now shoots sports and underwater photography.
This trip is best suited for Experienced Advanced divers and above that have experience in cold water conditions including; current, swell, kelp, possible limited visibility and deep water. The wrecks 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: SM1/Gosford Wreck and past Pt. Conception
- Depart from: Santa Barbara, Sea Landing
- When: Saturday/Sunday Sept. 14 & 15, 2019
- Time: Board the Truth between 8:00-midnight Friday with the Truth departing at 3:00 am and back to dock about 6:00 pm on Saturday
- Cost:*$390.00 includes lot’s of dives, meals, air and reserved bunks
- Pay online–click here to pay
The Truth is the original Truth Aquatics boat, and thanks to regular updates and maintenance it remains a world-class liveaboard diving and excursion vessel. It is an ideal entry level boat for smaller charters and groups of friends. The versatile Truth is equally at home running to San Miguel for spear fishing excursions as it is spending lazy days with kayakers at Painted Cave, doing photo trips to the rigs down south as well as some specialty trips diving wrecks such as the ones Channel Islands Dive Adventures plans to do aboard the Truth.
The Truth was built in Venice, California and launched in 1974. She is 65’x 22′ and with a cruising speed of 10 knots and 550 nautical mile range she is ready to go anywhere in SoCal. She is powered by two Detroit diesels and has two generators to supply everyone with plenty of power. The Truth was built for comfort and has a large galley fully ready to make meals for the hearty divers that like to call her home on dive trips to the Channel Islands and beyond. There is also a BBQ for cooking tri tip and chicken for multi-day trips and a good sized sundeck built above the galley. There are also 2 heads and 3 showers (1 on deck, 2 below deck) and a 1050 gallon fresh water capacity.
The dive deck is spacious and has seating for you and your gear as well as room for some of the bags underneath the bench seats and there is always room along the sides for more bags. The Stern Compartment is used for a drying room for wetsuits, game freezing and it is where the clothes dryer is. If you are a hunter there is also live game wells built in the transom for game storage. For filling tanks there are 2 Ingersoll-Rand air compressors aboard capable of filling to 3500 P.S.I. and no nitrox. For safety they have a full first aid kit, O2 bottles, Auto Defibrillator, Certified Crew and a 16-foot Caribe chase boat with 40 HP Honda 4-stroke outboard.
For the bunk room there is room for 45 people maximum consisting of 12 double bunks and 20 single bunks. See bunk room layout here. Each bunk has pillows, blankets, curtains, and reading lights and there is also a dressing room located in the bunk room. The bunks are a good size with plenty of headroom to make you feel more at home rather than being squashed into a small space. If you would like to be even more comfy a sleeping bag is always recommended.
The Truth is based out of the Sea Landing in Santa Barbara with the Vision and Conception
- Gear Rentals: If you need gear rentals you have 2 choices-contact the Truth Aquatics Sea landing or get them through your local dive shop.
- Fishing License: Unless you arrive during normal business hours, you will need to ensure you have a valid CA fishing license that covers the duration of our trip, Ocean Enhancement, and if you plan on taking Lobster, a Lobster Report Card. These items will not be available on board.
- Parking at the Sea landing in Santa Barbara: There is plenty of parking close to the Truth. It is a paid parking area so you must get your ticket validated in the Sea Landing office before leaving so you can leave with paying only a very minimal fee.
Directions to the Truth in Santa Barbara-
The address is 301 West Cabrillo Boulevard • Santa Barbara, CA 93101 • (805) 962-1127. Check here for directions.
Any trip on the Truth is always fun and Channel Islands Dive Adventures has several single day trips chartered on the Truth. Please check the Channel Islands Dive Adventures boat schedule and come join us on our next dive adventure aboard the Truth!
To sign up and pay for trip or if you have any questions, please contact Ken at
email@example.com or call 805 469-7288