California's Channel Islands

California scuba diving in the kelp forests around the Channel Islands is a unique and different experience for divers more accustomed to tropical waters. Diving in kelp is similar to a walk in a lush forest of trees with these plants growing to heights of more than 120 feet. Giant kelp helps support this rare aquatic ecosystem, providing domicile for more than 800 species of marine life.

Join professional photographer Richard Salas for a phenomenal photographic learning experience! California Sea Lions, Giant Black Sea Bass, Kelp Forests, Nudibranchs of every shape and size, Garibaldi, 2 oil rig dives and much more await you at California's Channel islands.

Trip Insurance Recommended

August 19-24, 2019 only 3 spots left

we leave at 10pm on the 18th, Sunday, for a 10 hour run to the southern islands and come back at around 5pm on the 24th.

Contact Richard for August 19-24, 2019 trip payment

$1675 for 6 diving days

$500 nonrefundable deposit to secure a space

Remaining $1175 due May 19, 2019 and is non refundable unless a replacement is found

Only 20 paying divers allowed on a boat that normally takes 35

Photo workshop included

2 Oil Rig dives

Air included, Nitrox, weight and tank extra, Nitrox 20 fills for $100,

weight and tank $117 for the 6 days.

Any cancellation less than 90 days out will result in a 100% penalty-no refund. 

If you cancel, we will do our best to find someone to fill your spot, but if we have any unfilled spots on the trip, we will fill those first before finding your replacement. or 805 453-3360

Please pay no attention to the dates in the video.

HOLY COW!  9 days!              

November 2-11, 2019   sOLD OUT

I have always wanted to go to all the islands on a single trip and here is.  Nine days of diving including all the islands we can get to, 2 oil rig dives, a night stop at Avalon on Catalina Island, possible San Nicolas or Cortes Banks and a group of people that I love to dive with on my trips.  9 days will give us the ability to decide where are the best conditions for each island whether we are up in the north or down in the south.  Only 20 paying divers allowed on the "Vison" which usually takes 35, lots of room for us and our cameras.  We will leave on the 2nd at 10pm or 4am on the 3rd depending on whether we go to the northern or southern islands.  We will be back on the 11th at about 5pm.  Every day I will get with the captain and decide where is the best diving, people with only 3 days never get to do this as well as we will.

$2550 USD, $500 deposit to secure a spot

Trip Insurance Recommended

Remaining $2050 due August 2nd, 2019 and is non refundable unless a replacement is found

How to pay:

A check made out to ASK Photography and sent to 622 Olive Street Santa Barbara, California 93101

or I can send you a PayPal money request if you want to use a CC with  3% processing fee or 6% for international

$171 weight/tank for the trip, $100 Nitrox-20 fills or $6 per fill.


I hope to dive with you on this excellent adventure, Richard


"I can’t say enough about Richard’s workshops! Each time I attend I’m surprised at how much deeper my knowledge of photography becomes.  I like to use Richard’s photos as inspiration and really enjoy diving alone as a self reliant diver to do my photography."

Rob Sloan, California

In all my experience I have never taken a workshop that got to the meat of the matter so well. Your explanation of possible lighting variations and why and how to use them was very thorough. Your use of the “Kurble” toy model was masterful; it immediately demonstrated the lighting underwater. There was no guessing where the lighting came from; it was evident on the model. 

The advice on approaching fishes and other wildlife gave me some new techniques.

Great stuff; count me in on the next one!

Tom White, Washington

Critters to see at the Channel islands

Giant Bladder Kelp, Macrocystis pyrifera

Garibaldi, Hypsypops rubicunda

California Moray, Gymnothorax mordax

Club-Tipped Anemone, Corynactis californica

California Spiny Lobster, Panulirus interruptus

Ricketts' Aeolid, Catriona rickettsi

California Sea Hare, Aplysia californica

Giant Sea Bass, Stereolepis gigas

Jack Mackerel, Trachurus symmetricus

California Sea Lion, Zalophus californianus