Giant Stride Charters Dive Boat - Farnsworth Banks (Open to all Divers)

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Phone: 424-744-8384

Farnsworth Banks

We currently have the following dates scheduled:
Date(s): Time:
August 28, 2022 Departing: 5:30 am and Returning: 5:30 pm
September 5, 2022 Departing: 5:30 am and Returning: 5:30 pm


Located in easy to find, San Pedro, California, The Giant Stride Dive Boat is a perfect 6 passenger dive boat that caters to photographers, technical divers and Open Water Students!  This is a diving trip that includes up to 3 dives in the beautiful kelp forests at Santa Catalina Island at the Grotto!  Easy to navigate around, this trip is open to all.

Boarding is at 5.30am and the return is at approximately 5:30pm.

Destinations and schedules are subject to change due to weather and ocean conditions and final decisions are at the Captain's digression.


Valid Scuba Certification Card

All Scuba Gear (rental gear available, call for pricing and availability)

  • 2 Full Scuba Tanks
  • Dive Light (recommended)
  • Personal Items (dry clothes, medications, etc.)
  • Transportation to and from the Boat Dock
  • Parking
  • Meals and Drinks
  • Gratuities (for both the Dive Boat and Instructor Staff)


Farnsworth Banks is at dramatic dive sites of underwater mountains, found in the open ocean of the windward side of Catalina Island. The dive begins at 65 feet, and its location,  conditions can be rough. Expect to see electric rays, scorpionfish, schools of barracuda, sea lions, giant black sea bass, zebra gobies and rare California hydrocoral - both the pink and purple varieties. Excellent for macro and wide-angle photography.

Water temperatures range from 55°F in the winter/below the thermocline to 75°F at the surface during September.
A 7mm wetsuit or dry suit is recommended.
The average visibility is 60 feet, but can be up to 100 feet.
Not recommended inexperienced divers.

Rental gear is available at In2Deep in Santa Monica, but some items may be limited, so book early! 

NOTE: All rental gear must be picked up the day prior to the trip and returned the day after, cleaned of all sand and debris (or a cleaning fee applies).