St. Louis, Missouri
September 7, 2003
We arrived at their facility, which is on the extreme south of the docking area at Avalon, about an hour before our dive. This is their recommendation. We watched the dive before us and then were given a short course in what would be happening and how to work the controls. The sub resurfaced. The oxygen tanks were checked, pictures were taken and then the bubble closed down and sealed around us. Our pilot was a friendly sort of guy who steered us out a little ways from the dock and then we began our dive. I was taking pictures as fast as I could because the chances of my being in a submarine again seemed slim. (NOTE: There is a sub at Georgetown, Grand Cayman that I found in Jan. of '01. It also goes down 40 feet but holds 30 or so people. It is called the Atlantis. Who knew!) Because the cabin is pressurized you really don't get the sense of going down 40 feet underwater. However, watching the fish and kelp around you let's you know for sure you're in a different world.
Our underwater tour lasted about 40 minutes and we had about 20 minutes on land for training prior to the dive. The cost was $98. I went to their website www.SEAmagine.com to check on current prices but could find none. This may mean they are no longer doing tourist dives. We'll be back in Avalon in Jan. of '04 and we're going to check and see if we can repeat this great experience!
From journal Avalon-The Port of Catalina Island-CA