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scubarobin
03-26-2008, 08:01
we are trying to get a group together to go out to California to dive 2-3 days this summer.
SandDollar website California Liveaboard Scuba Diving - Dive Boat Sand Dollar (http://www.diving.net/) shows that they provide the tanks and weights (unlike most others out there which would be nice for us).
it looks like most groups are OW and AOW classes but its hard to tell. Anyone use them? What did you like or dislike about them?

ChrisA
04-17-2008, 17:44
we are trying to get a group together to go out to California to dive 2-3 days this summer.
SandDollar website California Liveaboard Scuba Diving - Dive Boat Sand Dollar (http://www.diving.net/) shows that they provide the tanks and weights (unlike most others out there which would be nice for us).
it looks like most groups are OW and AOW classes but its hard to tell. Anyone use them? What did you like or dislike about them?

It's not much different from the others. If you need tanks and weights they are very easy to pick up at a dive shop. Lots of boats to choose from but you don't always need to dive from a boat.Most locals dive from the beach. You can look into diving at Avalon on catalina. Yes take a boat out but if you have several days do some other dives too. Boats here don't treat divers likethey are tourists at a resort. They just provide transportation to the spot, open the gate and say "try to be back before (say) 1:00pm". Don't expect much more. Most boats will hit three spots and then go home and are typically gone from 6:00am to 6:00pm

CompuDude
04-17-2008, 18:46
I haven't used them, but I seem to recall reading that their compressors were terrible and don't provide remotely full HP fills... that's part of why.

If you're looking for a great trip experience, I'd contact the Peace (http://peaceboat.com) instead. They're about an hour out of LA, North in Ventura, and visit Anacapa, Santa Cruz, and other Northern Channel Islands. The Peace has a full dive shop and can rent you whatever gear you need.

I think if you ask, a number of the boats can probably provide tanks and weights, but simply don't advertise it as a normal part of their business.

After the Peace, the boats I'd contact are the Magician (http://magicianscuba.com/) and Great Escape (http://diveboat.com/). Also the Sea Bass (http://www.diveseabass.com/), although it's a little less "plush" than the other boats, and is smaller and not usable as a liveaboard. It tends to hit more advanced sites, however, but not always.

The Peace, Magician and Sea Bass also offer HP Nitrox fills for those who are Nitrox certified. Sea Bass banks, and the other two have Membrane systems on board, so no o2 clean tanks are needed.