Catalina Island

Catalina Island in September

The kelp forests of Southern California have long been a Utah diver's playground. Only a 10 hour drive or 1.5 hour flight, Southern California's waters abound with life. Located less than 26 miles offshore from Los Angeles is Catalina Island.

Catalina Island is one of the Channel Islands and is the only one with a permanent population. Avalon is a picturesque town that is the main stop when visiting Catalina. You can shore dive Casino Point Marine Park or take a boat to visit more sites around the island. We will do both. Read more about Catalina Island in September

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Horizon Live-Aboard

Horizon Live-aboard

Margie Christiansen is one of our Assistant Instructors. She just returned from our California trip the first week of August. This is what she had to say:

I just got off a live-aboard and it was great. The boat was the Horizon based out of San Diego. I was told there were 32 divers on board - from both the Salt Lake and the Ogden shops as well as the full-time crew. I love the idea of getting on the boat, going to sleep and waking up in the morning…somewhere. You never know and it is always such a treat to wake up to a new horizon. Read more about Horizon Live-Aboard

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Doug's Catalina Trip

California Kelp Forest

I've asked Doug Lowe, one of our instructors at Dive Utah to give us a report from the latest Psalty trip. (I think he liked it!)
~ Dave

What do you get when you combine perfect weather, a great group of divers, a boat with all of the comforts of home and Catalina Island? If you don't know the answer to that, read on to find out. Read more about Doug's Catalina Trip

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California Dreamin'

Last month I had the chance to take a group down to Catalina Island for our annual March Madness Trip. A little history on this trip, over the last few years it seems I'd always find myself on Catalina sometime during the NCAA Basketball Tournament. As sports fans know, the NCAA tourney is one of the most exciting things that happen in all of sports. Combining it with a dive trip made for a great time, watch a game, make a dive, eat some food, repeat. Read more about California Dreamin'

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Farewell to a Good Friend

Those of you who know me, know I love diving Catalina Island. Many of you have gone with Dive Utah on one of our Catalina adventures, either staying on the island or diving off a live-aboard boat. For the last few years I've taken many groups down on a unique boat called the Psalty V (pronounced Salty). There were many things about the Psalty that made it a good trip, the boat was pretty roomy, it was fast, and the food was great. But the best thing about the boat was her captain, Gary Jackson. Read more about Farewell to a Good Friend

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