Boats and Pilots

Listed below are several professional captains and charter boats who have escorted previous Channel Islands-region marathon swims.

NOTE: Capt. Dawn Brooks (vessel Elka Lynn) is fully booked through 2024 and is not currently scheduling additional swims. If you are looking to swim the Anacapa Channel or Anacapa circumnavigation, we recommend inquiring with the Raptor (Capt. Jim Smith). For longer routes, please contact the SBCSA for our latest advice.

Ventura Harbor

Captain / Boat Contact Notes
Jim Smith, Raptor 805-650-7700, email 46 ft dive boat. Max 32 passengers.

Channel Islands Harbor (Oxnard)

Captain / Boat Contact Notes
Chris Volaski, New Hustler 805-382-6233, email Large fishing boat. Max 25 passengers. Details

Los Angeles Harbor (San Pedro)

Captain / Boat Contact Notes
Kevin Bell, Bottom Scratcher 714-963-4378, email 60 ft. fishing boat. Max 30 passengers.
David Harvey, Pacific Star 626-818-9684, email 65 ft dive boat. Details
Carl Mayhugh, Magician 949-292-3364, email 65 ft dive boat. Details
Big Blue Dive Boat email Newton 36’

For additional options, consider searching Boatsetter.


General Considerations in Hiring an Escort Boat

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