Chamber Day / Evening 2016


A review of DAN Annual Accident Reports shows that the most common problems contributing to diving accidents were making a rapid ascent, loss of buoyancy control, overexertion, feeling cold and missed decompression stops. Yet in some reports close to 50% of divers treated reported no problems occuring during their dives. So can you imagine developing sypmptoms after inadvertently having a problem during your dive (or completing a dive with no problems) and hearing "Sorry, there's no chamber in the area so there’s nothing we can do for you." Fortunately, that's NOT the case in SoCal because, since 1974, we can rely on the USC Catalina Hyperbaric Chamber to be there for us.

Now in 2016, we are celebrating our Chamber's 42nd year of unbending service to the Southern California diving community. While our Chamber still gets about 50% of its funding from the County, Chamber Day & Eve have become the major source of funds to keep our Chamber available to us 24/7/366. And that's why we hope you'll participate in Chamber Day & Eve 2016 on Wednesday, May 4.

The first Chamber Day attracted about 200 divers and netted about $15,000 for our Chamber. Over the years the event has grown to over 1,000 participants by adding Chamber Eve, the Flying Dutchman, and the Chamber Challenge. And last year we raised just over $121,000 for our Chamber. We are justifiably considered the largest single-day scuba charity event in the United States and perhaps even the world.

It’s important to know that all monies raised go to the Chamber. No administrative fees are deducted from the proceeds, many of the local SoCal boats donate their time and services, the manufacturers donate gear for raffle prizes, the Aquarium of the Pacific donates their facility for Chamber Eve, hundreds of volunteers donate their time, and you (hopefully) donate your money.

Here’s what’s happening:

  • The main event is Chamber Day, which includes two dives at Catalina, plus a walking tour of the Chamber facilities at the Isthmus. A ticket on one of the participating boats for Chamber Day is $110 (plus $30 for food and airfills for the boat). You get the diving, the tour, a T-shirt, and 5 daytime raffle tickets.
  • If you can’t take the day off but would still like to participate, we have the Flying Dutchmana mythical boat, yes, but a big part of Chamber Day and the perfect option for those who can’t attend in person. “Diving” the Dutchman gets you 5 daytime raffle tickets and a special limited-edition T-shirt available only to folks who sign up for the Dutchman. And we're holding the Dutchman price at $95.
  • There’s also the Chamber Challenge, which “challenges” our community to raise extra funds for our Chamber through direct donations (mostly $100 pledges, but also $500 and $1,000, and even $5,000 and $10,000). You donate, and then—we hope—you challenge your friends to match your generosity.
  • Raffle tickets, anyone? Daytime raffle tickets are the way to go—because you don’t need to be present to win. Tickets are $1 each, with discounts when you buy more. Plus this year when you dive our participating boats in April, you’ll get additional FREE raffle tickets.
  • Chamber Evening, co-sponsored by the Aquarium of the Pacific, wraps things up. You'll have full access to the Aquarium, a sit-down dinner in the Great Hall (under the life-sized model of a blue whale), hear a few speeches—we try to keep them short—maybe win a raffle prize, and finally, cheer during the presentation of the Chamber Day check to Karl Huggins, Director of the Chamber. As with Chamber Day, Chamber Evening tickets are $110 each.

Sign up now and mark your calendar for Wednesday, May 4 and Chamber Day & Eve 2016.


Whether it’s a boat, a store, a club, a manufacturer, another organization, or an individual, those of us who work behind the scenes put a lot of time and effort into Chamber Day & Eve 2016 because we believe it’s really important to have our Chamber available to us 24/7/366. When a dive accident occurs, getting an injured diver to our Chamber alive means that he/she has an excellent chance of survival and recovery. Knowing this while you’re performing first aid, administering oxygen, or doing whatever it takes is a reassuring thought. Our Chamber is an invaluable safety net that we simply don’t want to lose. Your participation in any or all of the facets of Chamber Day will help to ensure our Chamber’s future.

Ken Kurtis (Chairman, Chamber Day/Eve 2016)


Karl Huggins (Director, USC Catalina Hyperbaric Chamber)

  • Chamber Day 2016
  • c/o USC Catalina Hyperbaric Chamber
  • P.O. Box 5069
  • Avalon, CA 90704