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    Anyone go to Catalina Island? Or Scuba Dive? I wanna dew it!

    Harrow!!!

    Well I'm going to be in Carlsbad and I want a special someone to visit (JULAY BUG!!!1) so I'm thinking of fun stuff to do. Well I have a buddy who went to Catalina Island which I saw you take off at Long Beach and loved it. Well Long Beach is about an hour away from carlsbad.

    Well I thought scuba diving would be fun and exciting! Thing is, would they let me do it if I'm "disabled" I have no issues swimming but I just was curious if they would let me becuase they said you need to be in good physical health.

    Anyone ever go scuba diving or better yet actually go to Catalina Island?

    Thanks!
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    Betheny scuba dives. She has posted about it ..... search and you should find stuff to read until she checks in. I think there are at least 2 threads about it.

    I assume you saw the thread about the accessible beach power chair in San Diego? http://sci.rutgers.edu/forum/showthr...ht=diego+beach

    btw, not sure how you will be getting to carlsbad, of how jb will be, but I have a friend who swears by the longbeach airport. she says it is small, fast and often cheaper.

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    Thanks guys!

    Well I'll be in Carlsbad and Long beach is only like an hour 14 mins away. So I figured I could just drive there with her and take the ferry out to the island.
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    oh, i wasn;t meaning you would be flying to long beach airport for the trip to catalina island. I was wondering if it would be a good airport for you or julie to use flying into carlsbad in the 1st place. or is san diego much closer?
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    Cory, you don't have to go all the way to Long Beach. There is a ferry that runs from Dana Point in south Orange County so you can avoid the LA traffic. They say most of their boats have "accessible bathrooms" but don't say anything else about wheelchair access. I would recommend calling them to be sure the boat you will be on is fully accessible. The trip takes a little over 90 minutes from Dana Point.

    I love Catalina. I worked for a summer at a camp there when I was in college, but that was MANY years ago and I don't know a lot about the accessibility. The town, Avalon, is only 1 mile square and near the waterfront is pretty flat, but it does go up some hills as you get away from the pier. No need for a car (although you can rent golf carts) to shop and just see the town.

    Here is some information I found on-line:

    http://www.catalina.com/access.html#Trans

    http://ezinearticles.com/?Handicap-A...nia&id=1344568

    http://www.professionaltravelguide.c...abled-Advisory

    The Pavillion Lodge hotel has accessible rooms, and is in a great location, and very popular. Book early, esp. if it is for a weekend or pretty much any time during the summer.

    Here is a listing of dive shops. Contact them to find out if they could accomodate you for dive lessons.
    http://www.catalina.com/scuba.html

    You would have to be SCUBA certified to go unless it is to take lessons, and you would need to do the classroom part first. You might do that in the Carlsbad or Oceanside area now so that you are ready to go to Catalina. I know there are accessible programs in north San Diego county.

    This organization is based in San Clemente, just down the road from Dana Point. I am sure they could help direct you:

    http://www.hsascuba.com/

    Here is some good info on disabled SCUBA:
    http://www.ncpad.com/videos/fact_she...et=49&view=all

    Hope you can go. It is a blast. You can also check into island tours. Their tour that includes the old Wrigley Ranch and rodeo is lots of fun.

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    Hi Cory,

    I just went to Catalina a few weeks ago. We brought both my chair and crutches because we wanted to do a few things that aren't accessible. I love Catalina and have been there many times, but only this once since my injury. KLD gave you some nice info, and I agree, take the boat out of Dana Point. The drive to where the boat departs is probably more like 1.5 hours, maybe worse if you hit traffic. But, the upside to Long Beach is the boat ride is only an hour. You get to pre-board, so after you get your tickets go straight to the front of the line. I get a little seasick, so we settled at the back of the boat outside (only the 1st floor is accessible).

    As for the island, pretty much the whole main area in Avalon is paved with concrete pavers which makes pushing pretty tiring. Some stores are too tiny to get into with a chair, but most of the restaurants are fine. Antonio's is a fun place to go (there are two locations, go to the one on the water). Also, believe it or not, the bathrooms at the docks are some of the cleanest I found and are accessible. We also opted to do a motor tour, which was a nice break and a fun way to see the interior of the island. The tours are not wheelchair accessible. We went with Catalina Adventure Tours because they let me leave my chair in the office (and they are a little less expensive). Discovery Tours wanted me to just leave it with the strollers outside...uh, no! I took my crutches on the tour, so I could get out and walk the short distances with everyone else.

    Here's some info on accessibility: http://www.catalina.com/access.html

    If I think of anything else, I'll let you know.
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    I hear the water there is cold, and the kelp beds are a hazard for newbies. I highly recommend diving but can't highly recommend you start in that spot. I've never been so this is purely hearsay. But I've heared it from a lot of sayers!

    I think if you want to dive in the US, you need to go to FL. If you're in CA, I'd schedule a trip to Mexico for el diving de scuba!

    Have fun! Everybody always does in Carlsbad, it seems.

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    i did scuba diving in a pool...doesn't count for much especially when i end up on my back like a turtle on the bottom uselessly flailing my arms about. i had to tie weights on the front of the vest to sit normally.

    hope you don't have the underwater balance issues like i do!
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    KDL and friends thanks for the great info!! I think I am going to get scuba certified before I even go, but Julie won't be. So I still want her to come and enjoy scuba diving so I saw there is one for beginners were you don't have to be certified. So I think I'll take her on that.

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