Scuba Dive California’s Channel Islands – Kelp Forest



Known to be a diver’s playground, The Channel Islands offer a unique and memorable scuba diving experience with its marine life, giant kelp forests, sea lions, and more! Diving along the Southern California coast and the Channel Islands should be on every diver’s bucket list when visiting Ventura County Coast!


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What Is A Kelp Forest?

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Kelp is a type of seaweed or marine algae that attaches its holdfasts, root-like structures, that anchor itself to a rocky seafloor and grows towards the water’s surface. Some species can reach heights underwater of 150 feet and can even grow up to 18 inches per day!


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There are over 1,000 species of marine plants and animals that turn the kelp forests into their home. Not only does the thick kelp canopy act as a shelter from predators, but it also protects them during storms or high-energy regimes because the kelp helps weaken currents and waves. While kelp can live up to seven years, the weather plays an important factor since strong winter storms can easily uproot the help and wash them ashore.


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For many scuba divers and underwater photographers, kelp forests are known to be a favorite destination that offers experiences to observe the unique collection of marine life found only at the Channel Islands.


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First Time Diving Information:

Is scuba diving safe?

Like any adventure sport there is some risk involved, however, as long as a diver goes through thorough training, follows safe diving guidelines, uses proper gear, and dives within their experience level, the experience will be relatively safe.

Do I need to be certified to dive in California?

If you are new to diving, we recommend booking your trip through Ventura Dive & Sport. They are the only dive center in California that is self-sufficient in terms of offering all levels of diverse training from beginner to instructor. At Ventura Dive, you do not need to be certified as they offer the PADI Discover Scuba Diving Program. An instructor will provide a class in a heated pool and upon completion will take you on a dive to a maximum depth of 40ft/12m.

How can I become a certified diver?

You can take the PADI Open Water Diver Course through Ventura Dive & Sport which consists of knowledge development sessions, the number of dives, materials, and equipment needed. The course is flexible and performance-based. It’s possible to complete your confined and open water dives in as few as three or four days if you take care of reading the manual and watching the video ahead of time.


Do I need to purchase my own equipment or can I rent it?

Most places will have equipment available to rent. It is recommended to check their website or call them to confirm.


What is the minimum age requirement to take diving lessons from a PADI instructor?

10 years old


Do I need to be an athlete to go diving?

No, as long as you are healthy and can perform moderate exercises, diving is well within your reach.


What equipment do I need?

Mask, Snorkel, Fins, Wetsuit, BCD (Buoyancy Compensator Device), Regulator, Aluminum Tank, Weights, and Gloves.


How much does it cost to rent equipment?

It varies by place, but you can usually find a scuba package rate from $45 – $80.


Start planning out your scuba diving trip now and get ready to dive into the beautiful Channel Islands Kelp Forest. Peace Dive Boat, Channel Islands Dive Adventures, Ventura Dive and The Spectre Dive Boat offer everything you need for your diving adventure!

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