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Scuba diving in Ventura

Ventura is one of a popular diving destinations and the diversity of its dive sites offers something for everyone, from snorkelers to experienced divers. Rocky reefs, sand reefs, kelp forests, walls, and pinnacles form Ventura dive sites. This wide variety makes a great home to spectacular combinations of underwater lives. Sea lions, seals, lobster, bat rays, horn sharks and moray eels are among the sea creatures you can see here.

Always dive according to your level of training.
Never enter the water without checking with Ventura dive centers for safety, additional information, level required for each dive site and without being accompanied by a professional.
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 18°C and 22°C (66° F and 73° F).
Average Water surface temperature: Vary from 11° C to 14° C in winter months and 15° C to 21° C in the summer months (52 °F to 58°F and 60°F to 70°F).
Visibility often averaging: Visibility is between 20 and 40 feet and sometimes it gets better 100 feet (6 to 12 meters or 30 meters).
Coldest time: December
Warmest time: August
Possible to dive all year round.

Ventura diving is where you can find all the diving experiences you are looking for. The huge diversity of Ventura dive sites gives you the chance to choose what suits the best. The area is famous for its kelp forests, which is home to many kinds of underwater creatures. Rocky and sand bottom reefs are both present in the area, and hundreds of plants and animals lives in these reefs. Schools of fish like blacksmith perch, sardines, mackerel, anchovies as well as giant black sea bass can be found in these dive sites. Lobsters are seen in its dive sites, the season starts at the beginning of October and runs until mid - March.

Some of Ventura dive sites.

La Jenelle Artificial Reef is a deep dive site which suits intermediates and advanced divers. It is at a depth of 85 to 90 feet (26 to 27 meters) deep, with a visibility of 5 to 20 feet (1 to 6 meters) and has excellent conditions for photography. The La Jenelle sank in 1970 in good calm conditions. Snorkelers can see the hull from the surface. Sand bass, sculpin, calico bass, garibaldi and sheephead are frequently spotted in the area.

Channel Islands offer one of the most challenging diving experiences. The area is famous for its clear calm water and is full of a wide variety of underwater creatures. The visibility is remarkable, averaging between 30 to 100 feet (9 to 30 meters).

Hueneme Submarine Canyon is a site at a depth of 20 to 80 feet (6 to 24 meters) and a visibility averaging 10 to 15 feet (3 to 4 meters). It is for intermediate or more experienced divers. The site is great for underwater photography and lobsters can be found on its rocks.

Deer Creek is one of the greatest dive sites in Ventura. It is suitable for all levels of expertise. This site has visibility going from 0 to 30 feet (0 to 9 meters) and it varies depending on the surf conditions, the visibility gets better in deeper spots. Under the kelp forests you will find rocky reefs and a sandy bottom. Sheephead, California scorpion fish, white seaperch, giant kelpfish, spiny dogfish and horn shark are some of the species you may find while diving this area. You may also see skates and rays on the sandy parts. Deer Creek is great for underwater photography kayak and night dives.
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