Although diving accidents are rare, can you imagine what it would be like NOT to have a recompression chamber around? A study has shown that 69% of diving accidents are caused by diver error. So can you imagine inadvertently doing something wrong, getting bent or embolized, and hearing "Sorry, 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.
But we almost lost it in the late 80s when L.A. County was considering pulling funding from the Chamber. Roger Hess, then owner of Charisma Charters, came up with the idea that all the dive boats should come together for a day of diving with all the proceeds being donated to our Chamber. And thus, Chamber Day was born.
Now in 2015, we are celebrating our Chamber's 41st 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 24/7/365. And that's why we hope you'll participate in Chamber Day & Eve 2015 on Wednesday, May 6.
The first Chamber Day attracted about 200 divers and netted around $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 under $100,000 for our Chamber. We are justifiably considered the largest single-day scuba charity event in the United States and perhaps even the world.
It is 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:
For more information about these can’t-miss events, explore this web site. You can sign up here using our secure server, or you can call Chamber Day HQ at 310-652-4990.
Mark your calendar for Wednesday, May 6 and Chamber Day & Eve 2015.
Ken Kurtis (Chairman, Chamber Day/Eve 2015)
Karl Huggins (Director, USC Catalina Hyperbaric Chamber)