COVID-19 Update: Scuba diving is restricted in some areas. Learn More Farnsworth Banks Catalina Island, CA, United States Dive Types Ocean, Salt Water Useful training for this site Boat Diver, Deep Diver, Dry Suit Diver, Enriched Air Diver Common Sightings Coral, Fish, Rays, Sea Lions Farnsworth Banks is one of Southern California's most dramatic dive sites, but it's not for the inexperienced. The dive begins at 20 metres/65 feet, and its location in the open ocean means conditions can be rough. Divers with the training and experience can book a 3-tank boat trip from the mainland (autumn is the best time to go). Expect to see electric rays, schools of barracuda, sea lions, and giant black sea bass. Farnsworth is also one of the best places to see rare California hydrocoral - both the pink and purple varieties. Water temperatures range from 13°C/55°F in the winter/below the thermocline to 24°C/75°F at the surface during September. A 7mm wetsuit or dry suit is recommended. The average visibility is 18 metres/60 feet, but can be up to 30 metres/100 feet. The maximum depth is more than 46 metres/150 feet. Photo Credit: Philip Garner/shutterstock.com; Philip Garner/shutterstock.com Note on Sources* 33.50555556, -118.7755556 Catalina Island, CA, United States (33.50, -118.77) Get directions Nearby Dive Shops Get in touch with a nearby dive shop to set up a guided tour, gear, etc. Catalina Divers Supply Avalon, CA, US (310) 510-0330 View Shop Details Malibu Divers Malibu, CA, US (310) 456 2396 View Shop Details PCH Scuba Agoura Hills , CA, US (310) 621 2361 View Shop Details View more California's Best Dive Sites Santa Barbara Island , CA, United States The Arch Avalon, CA, United States Casino Point PADI Learning Earning your PADI certification will forever change the way you see the world, both above and below the surface. If you are already certified, hone your skills or take a more advanced course to open up new diving opportunities. Whether you are new to diving or looking to learn more, PADI eLearning is the perfect option to get started right away. Complete part of your course online from wherever suits you and then get in the water with your local dive center or wherever you are traveling to complete your certification! Start Your Course Be A Torchbearer One single person can make a difference and that person is you. PADI’s mission is to create a billion torchbearers that explore and protect our ocean. A community that cares deeply about healing the planet above and below the surface, PADI Torchbearers inspire others to bring about meaningful change by turning passion into purpose for the ocean. LEARN MORE Destinations Across the World Australia Germany Italy Netherlands New Zealand Spain United Kingdom United States *The information displayed on this page has been provided by one or multiple third parties. PADI does not warrant or guarantee the accuracy or completeness of such information. PADI reminds you to adhere to the PADI Standard Safe Diving Practices and recommends that you consult a dive professional familiar with the site and its present conditions before diving. PADI does not assume responsibility for the use or misuse of this information and under no circumstances will PADI be liable for any loss or direct, indirect, special or consequential damages causes by reliance on this information.