Catalina Trip July 12th-14th

Is there a carpool?
There is no formal carpool or caravanning. If you are looking to share the ride with somebody, please contact me and I might be able to suggest someone to ask.

Are we meeting on Friday for dinner?
We do not schedule a Friday dinner. However generally once your gear is settled on the boat, a group might decide to eat at the 22nd Street Landing restaurant.

Do I have to arrive the night before the trip?
If you need to meet up in the morning, please communicate with us beforehand. The boat generally leaves around dawn but this can vary so we will need to confirm the time with you.

What time do we get back to the dock on Sunday?
We are generally back between 2-3pm but this may vary a little depending on the Sunday dives and the weather.

Food & Drink
Our chef is amazing and you will not go hungry. Please let me know ASAP if you have any special dietary requirements and we can plan ahead. Beer is available for sale (only after you are finished diving for the day) and you can bring liquor. And for those of us who care more about coffee – it’s there, hot and plentiful, and tastes great while watching the sun rise.

Do we have private rooms?
The Bottomscratcher does not have private rooms. We have shared accomodation in the bow of the boat – bunk bed style. There is one double bunk available. All bunks assignments are first come, first served when signing up unless you have made prior arrangements for medical reasons. That way, you’ll know which your bunk will be when you get on the boat.

Are there Pillows/Blankets/Sleeping Bags on the boat?
No. Please bring your own.

How much do I tip?
Please bring cash to tip the boat crew at the end of our trip. The minimum in the industry is $10 per tank ($50-$70 for our usual trips). We generally feel that this crew deserves a lot more than that because of how well they treat us.

Can I charge my devices?
There are charging ports in the galley that we can use during the day. These have both regular and USB outlets. All devices must be unplugged at night.

How cold is the water? What do I wear?
Water temperature is usually in the mid-50s. You’ll be most comfortable in a drysuit. If you are using a 7mm wetsuit, we highly recommend pairing it with a hooded vest and thick gloves.

Do I need to bring tanks and weights?
Yes. Bring one full tank. It will get refilled after every dive.

Is Nitrox available?
There is no Nitrox available for this trip.

Can I bring tech gear?
Usually, yes. Please contact me to discuss your dive plans.

141 W 22nd Street, San Pedro, CA 90731


You can park in the restaurant carpark to unload your gear but you will need to move your car across the street once unloaded.

Dive Gear

  • Scuba Tank
  • BCD
  • Regulator
  • Dive Computer
  • Dive Lights
  • Cutting Device
  • Compass
  • Mask/Snorkel/De-Fog
  • Fins/Boots
  • Hood/Gloves
  • Wetsuit/Exowear/Hooded Vest
  • Drysuit/Undergarments/Thermal Socks
  • Weight Bag
  • Camera Gear/SD Card
  • Microfiber Towel
  • Save-a-Dive Kit
  • Extra Batteries
  • Soft Gear Bag (no hard cases/roller bags)

Personal / Misc

  • 3 sets of warm comfortable clothes
  • Windbreaker/Boat Coat/Poncho
  • Rubber Sandals/Flip Flops
  • Hat/Sunglasses
  • Toiletries
  • Wet Wipes
  • Ocean-safe Sunscreen
  • Towel/Washcloth
  • Sleeping Bag/Blanket/Pillow
  • Clothes to sleep in
  • Water Bottle
  • Bonine Sea Sick Medicine
  • Swimmer’s Ear
  • EarShield/ Ear Plugs
  • Cash to tip the Boat Crew