Southern California Scuba Diving Aboard
the Great Escape Southern California Live-Aboard Dive Boat
What Can You Expect from Your Great Escape Dive Trip?
Multiple Day Live-Aboard Trips
We will visit a combination of both known sites, and explore new ones. We usually start each day with an advanced dive at a deep reef or pinnacle. Then we progress to shallower sites as the day develops. The day will end with an twilight and night dive at our anchoring spot for the night.
We always file a multiple day trip declaration with the Department of Fish and Game, so you may bring home a multiple day bag limit.
Limited Load TripsOur standard load is 35 passengers, even though we are Coast Guard certified for 49. Yet because of our large well organized deck with sit down tank racks and spacious galley that comfortably seats 30, you will never feel crowded.
However many experienced divers, especially underwater photographers and hunters, appreciate the advantages of diving with a less people in the water.
When conditions permit at especially spectacular advanced dive sites, we will sometimes stay and do multiple dives. This gives you an additional opportunity to explore a site that is rarely visited. The longer surface interval required for such sites means we may get one or two less dives in that day, however the breathtaking beauty of such sites as Tanner Bank and Begg Rock are well worth the trade.
If you are a diver with advanced skills, these dive trips offer opportunities you will find nowhere else. Your limited load trip on the Great Escape will provide the most outstanding diving Southern California has to offer. This is a dive trip you will always fondly remember.
Single Day TripsSingle Day Trips can be run to most destinations. Catalina Island, Santa Barbara Island, the lee side of San Clemente Island, and local wrecks are the usual destinations since the longer running times to other sites limits the time available for diving.
On your single day dive trip aboard Great Escape you will have the opportunity to make at least three dives. If time and conditions permit, four dives are possible.
New Moon Lobster SpecialTMNew Moon Lobster SpecialsTM are the dives lobster hunters dream about. Full nights of diving for bugs! The nights are chosen on a new moon to ensure complete darkness.
Great Food on the Great EscapeBecause active divers work up an appetite, we will keep you well fed during your Great Escape dive trip. All food and non-alcoholic beverages are included on all trips. Drinks include Coke, Diet Coke, Root Beer, Lemon-Lime Soda, soda water, pink lemonade, hot coffee, hot tea, hot chocolate, and hot and cold water.
The menu varies each day and we try to take advantage of whatever is in season, but a typical multi-day's menu follows:
Diving on the Great EscapeWe support the responsible diver code and respect you right as a certified diver to dive in any safe manner you choose. Before diving on the Great Escape, you will be required to show your valid dive certification card and fishing license if you intend to take game.
You are responsible for keeping track of your own bottom times and surface intervals.
You only need to bring one tank, because we refill tanks on the boat up to 3200 psi. If you want to bring an extra tank, a mixed gas tank, or double tanks please inquire when you make your reservations, we do allow this when space is available.
If you choose to go out on one of our charter trips, please check with the group chartering the boat. Many groups provide their own divemasters and set their own diving policies.
What to BringEach guest is responsible for bringing their own diving gear, including tank and weight belt. The Great Escape does not provide any gear at this time.
We suggest that you bring a submersible pressure gage, depth gage, timing device or dive computer, and buoyancy compensating device. All tanks brought aboard will be checked for current Hydro and VIP status before being filled. Divers are responsible for monitoring their own bottom times and dive tables.
Don't forget to bring your certification card plus a fishing license if you intend to take game. Don't forget dry towels, sun screen, etc. Guests are not allowed to bring large coolers aboard. We have a large built in freezer for keeping your game. Small "playmate" size coolers are OK. All bunks include blankets and pillows, but you may feel more at home if you bring your favorite sleeping bag. Also, bring a little cash for the galley and air fills (for some single day charters only), and tips. Air fills, food, and non-alcoholic beverages are included in the price of all trips.
TippingGratuities are not included in any trip pricing. The crew works hard to make your stay aboard the Great Escape enjoyable. If deserved and earned, it is customary on most dive boats to tip the crew. Your thanks are greatly appreciated.
When I can afford to, I typically tip about $20 to $30 day on all dive boats, including the Great Escape, assuming the service merits such a tip. The crew works very hard to make sure your trip is enjoyable, including doing many things you never see if they do their job well. - Chris Grossman