Scuba diving in Riverside
Riverside is known for its diversity in
diving opportunities. It is the county seat of Riverside
County and its location near Los Angeles and Santa Catalina
Island makes it even more interesting for diving as it gives
an even wider choice of dive sites. Some of the best diving
offered by the Southern California is located near shores
and there's abundant sea life.
Always dive according to your level of training.
Never enter the water without checking with
centers for safety, additional information, level
required for each dive site and without being accompanied by
All the information provided is purely informative for our
readers and shouldn't be used as is to plan your immersion.
Average annual temperature: Between 21°C and 32°C
(70° F and 91° F)
Coldest time: December
Warmest time: July
Possible to dive all year round.
As part of the Southern California; Riverside is famous for
its variety of dive sites.
You can dive the famous Kelp forests of California in The
Channel Islands, which is home to
many kinds of underwater life hiding in it. Also you may
enjoy Catalina Island's shore and boat diving. There are
kelp forests and reefs. Encounters with sharks arenot rare.
Some dive sites near Riverside.
Santa Catalina is one of the best diving destinations
in California. The colorful nature and the diversity of
marine life are very unique in this area. It is famous for
its kelp forests which are home to a huge diversity of small
fish. If you are looking for a new adventure try shark
diving, the island is famous for having a few species of
sharks. These are some of the dive sites of Catalina Island:
Seamount is a beautiful reef site. It is at a depth of 65
feet (20 meters) with great visibility can reach 100 feet
(30 meters). This colorful reef is covered with egg cowrie
shells, keyhole limpets also blacksmiths and sheepheads
inhabit the area.
Garibaldi Reef is another reef site. It is famous for
its kelp forests and the diversity of aqua life. The site is
at a depth of 50 feet (15 meters) and the visibility is
about 65 feet (20 meters). You can see blue and red gobies
every where on this site, also look for lobsters in its
Redondo Submarine Canyon is located in Los Angeles
area. It is at a depth ranging from 10 to 100 feet (3 to 30
meters). The canyon walls drop off quickly which suits
advanced divers. The site is home to blue sharks, decorator
crabs, sand stars, and anemones on broken pilings. The site
is great for night dives, but be careful no pier diving.
You will find some interesting dive sites in San Diego
area. Wreck Alley is one of them. It consists of
group artificial reefs. It is at a depth ranging from 65 to
100 feet (20 to 30 meters) and has some of the most famous
wrecks in the area like Ruby E, El Rey and the famous HMCS