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Vision Santa Barbara Crew

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Boarding begins at 5:30pm on the dive deck. You may leave your dive gear at a dive station and your personal gear along the rails. The bunk room and salon will not be accessible until check-in.


The bunk room and salon open at 7:30pm. This is when you will need to check-in with the Divemaster to show your certification card and confirm you have completed our Dive waiver.


Wake up at anchor to the sound of the ocean lapping against the Vision’s hull. Enjoy a freshly cooked breakfast and hot coffee or tea as you get ready to dive! Hot breakfast is typically served from approximately 7:00 am to 9:00 am, and continental snacks are left out until about 10:00 am.

Dive gates typically open around 8am after we get set up at the first dive site. Typical entry is a giant stride from either our port and starboard gates or the bow gate. If necessary, you may also enter off the rear swim step. Re-boarding the boat after your dive at the submerged swim step for easy access up the stairs with your tank. Air and nitrox tank fills will be handled by our crew during your surface interval.

Divers will enjoy 2 morning dives before lunch. The galley prepares a hot lunch around noon. After lunch we will dive twice more with an afternoon snack between dives. After the 4th dive divers that are not enjoying the night dive may have a happy hour beverage and enjoy our sun deck for a nice book or nap.

At the end of the day, we anchor for dinner and dessert. Conditions permitting, a night dive will be optional. Alcoholic beverages may be brought on the trip (there is no alcohol for sale on the boat) and may be enjoyed after you have finished diving for the day. The Vision is equipped with a full shower room with hot, fresh water showers, and has a wetsuit drying rack. In the evening, enjoy watching bioluminescence and the many fishes and pinnipeds that gather around our side-mounted squid light!

whale breaching

Return to Santa Barbara


After your last dive, we will prepare the boat for the return trip to Santa Barbara, approximately 2.5 hours. We will keep our eyes peeled for whales and dolphins in the channel. Enjoy the sundeck as we cross back to the mainland and close out a beautiful few days of diving!

Estimated arrival time in Santa Barbara Harbor is 5:00pm

Pre-Trip Planning

How to pack for a liveaboard dive trip:


  • Bring bedding for your bunk – we suggest a sleeping bag or warm blanket (we provide you with a pillow and light blanket)
  • Towels and a warm dive jacket
  • Warm clothing – bring layers as temperatures can change rapidly
  • Personal toiletries
  • Motion sickness medicine and personal medications


  • Fishing gear, spear guns, or other hunting/harvesting equipment
  • Fishing license with ocean enhancement stamp (and report card if hunting lobster during season)
  • Binoculars (great for whale sightings and bird watching)
  • Adult beverages in coolers with your own ice

Diving Equipment

Rentals – Rent SCUBAPro dive equipment at Dive Santa Barbara which is at the Santa Barbara Landing where the Vision departs from.

In addition to your dive gear set up, please bring:


  • Certification card (we verify this at check-in)
  • Visual and audible safety signaling devices: surface marker buoy (SMB) and DiveAlert or whistle
  • If you wish to night dive, 2 underwater lights and a tank beacon (or chemical


  • Save-A-Dive kit (e.g., extra fin strap, mask strap, o-rings, silicon, tools, etc.) – come prepared to fix your own gear in the event something breaks