View Full Version : Suggestions for dive ops (San Diego)

03-26-2009, 22:29
I will be in San Diego from May 11 to May 14. My schedule will allow me to dive on Tuesday May 12th. I am staying at the Town & Country Hotel.

I checked out Marissa and they only operate Thurs-Mon. I an in need of other suggestions for dive ops.

03-26-2009, 23:24
Give SDUA (http://www.sduadivers.com/) a call and they should be able to point you in the right direction.

03-26-2009, 23:59
The Marissa will go out other days, you just have to get a group of at least four people together. They're your best bet for a great experience. For recreational dives, your second choice is the Lois Ann.

For a shop, yes, use SDUA. By far the best option.

03-27-2009, 09:01
When I was out there at the beginning of the month, I did a shore dive with OEX in La Jolla. I had a great time and it was a really easy dive. It's a good way to spend a few hours in the morning.


05-07-2009, 07:53
I found a boat that fits into my schedule. Has anyone dove with Dive Connections Scuba Diving San Diego - Dive Boats - Scuba Tours - Daily Boat Dives - Dive Connections Inc. San Diego CA Home Page (http://gottadive.com/) ?

05-07-2009, 07:59
After a quick search, I found this: WARNING: Do NOT Dive with DCI... (http://www.divevets.com/forum/index.php?topic=2451.0)

Doesn't leave me with a good feeling. Time to find another dive op...

05-07-2009, 11:30
After a quick search, I found this: WARNING: Do NOT Dive with DCI... (http://www.divevets.com/forum/index.php?topic=2451.0)

Doesn't leave me with a good feeling. Time to find another dive op...
I hate bashing local dive ops, but I read the thread that you linked to in your post...and it's consistent with the experiences that some of my friends have had. I know DMs who won't help out with class dives off of DCI boats. They cite inexperienced captains and unsafe procedural issues.

I dove with DCI once for my AOW dives at Wreck Alley several years ago, and I will never go out with them again. The experience you get on the Marissa or the Lois Ann is just an order of magnitude better. I'd rather do shore dives than give DCI my business.

Another thing that the linked thread touched on is the barren wasteland that is the Coronados Islands. It is possible to have a pleasant dive there (sea lion encounters)...but when you factor in how long it takes to get there and the fact that there are many excellent dive sites in the nearby Point Loma kelp beds...it just isn't worth making the trip.

My recommendation is to sign up for the Divebums.com (http://www.divebums.com/) Email List and ask to buddy up with a local on a day dive. There are really nice people on the list. Alternatively, as has already been mentioned, you can hire a private DM through OEX. If you know where to look, there's a lot of life out there.

I did a night dive at La Jolla Shores on Tuesday evening during which we spotted about 15 different species of nudibranchs. The water is cold at depth (about 50 degrees F), but I think the nudis thrive in those kinds of conditions.

I hope you have fun on your trip.

05-07-2009, 13:38
Avoid DCI (Dive Connections Inc. at "gottadive.com"). BadBadBad. I'll never dive with them again... and neither will any of the people I was diving with last time I was out with them, back in March. Dirt cheap, but not worth it even at that price.

It's a shame, because they used to be an ok dive op, but there was a change of ownership not too long ago and things have absolutely PLUMMETED downhill there.

Marissa is the best boat down there right now.

05-07-2009, 15:20
Thanks for everyone's input. Since I couldn't find any boats going out on Wednesday. I will call OBX and schedule a guided dive. I will not have a car, so I will be taking a taxi there, they are only 8 miles from my hotel.. I hope that will work.... Looks like they are walking distance to the shore...

05-26-2009, 10:00
I just read the story of DCI via the link. Crappy but perhaps it was for the best. Might have been worse had the boat gone out that day. Too bad that's your only day. I had my first Lois Ann experience last week and it was GREAT!! I've heard it can be pretty crowded but luckily, there were only 9 divers that day and three were my group alone!!

01-16-2010, 00:54
According to me the Water horse Charters, Lois Ann, and Marissa are all good boats. You can't go wrong with them as long as they are running on the day you are looking for.
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sea princess
01-21-2010, 00:52
I have dove on all three of those and had a great experience on each one. The DM's and boat captains were very knowledgable and helpful. The Lois ann is a bit crowded for space and it is a higher leap into the water but the crew was awesome. The Marissa has a nice fin ladder that makes it easy to get on and off the boat and it has a little more room to move around and a small covered area you can sit away from the gear and also an awesome crew. The Humbolt has a nice covered area you can actually sit in and enjoy some hot drinks and soup at little tables, a hot shower on deck and had the most space of the three and again a great group of people working on the boat.