Marine Operations maintains a fleet of small boats that are available for use by qualified faculty, staff, and graduate students engaged in classes or research projects. Boat operators are also available on a recharge basis. The vessels are used for SCUBA diving, oceanographic research, and a variety of other activities along the central coast and the northern Channel Islands. All small boats are equipped with dual axle trailers which can be launched from a variety of harbors from Morro Bay, CA to Long Beach, CA. Convenient launching facilities exist close to the UCSB campus at Goleta Pier (2mi) and Santa Barbara Harbor (11mi).