EDAM - Emergency Diving Accident Management


July 24-29, 2016 (class size limited to 24)


$675.00 US
(Course fee covers Class Tuition & Materials, Housing, and Meals for 5 days)

General Class Schedule for EDAM Program

Registration Form (Adobe Acrobat format) for EDAM Class

EDAM video courtesy of
Hammerhead Press

 Course Synopsis

Are you thirsty for more information on diving and diving accident management? The five day Emergency Diving Accident Management (EDAM) program held at the Catalina Hyperbaric Chamber will help quench that thirst!

If you work in emergency medical services; teach, lead, or work in recreational or commercial diving; are interested in volunteering with the Catalina Chamber Crew; or are just an interested diver, the EDAM course at the Catalina Hyperbaric Chamber will provide you with information that all divers need to know.

Learn about diving accidents that have occurred and what type of events, equipment, or errors lead to the problem. Get an in-depth look at how decompression tables and dive computers are put together and what Doppler bubble detection has to do with current decompression research. Understand the problems and research associated with flying after diving.


Grasp the physiology and pathology of decompression sickness and air embolism injuries. Discover about the effects of nitrogen narcosis and oxygen toxicity and how they play a major role in technical diving operations.

Learn how to do a neurological assessment of a diving casualty and understand the importance of oxygen administration, information gathering and efficient communication and coordination with local rescue agencies. Find out what is done with an accident victim upon arrival at a hyperbaric chamber and how hyperbaric treatments benefit divers.

Optional Chamber Dives

Discover first-hand what it's like to dive in a chamber. Make dives to 60 and 165 fsw. A recent Clearance for Hyperbaric Exposure or diving medical is required. An additional fee of $25, covers both dives. Chamber Diver certifications are available for an additional certification fee.

Continuing Education

  • Paramedics: 20 California Pre-Hospital Care CEU's
  • NAUI: 3.6 CEUs


Accommodations and meals are included in the EDAM tuition. EDAM participants will be housed in the Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies dorm rooms and apartments. Meals are served in the Institute's cafeteria.


The $675 fee for EDAM covers tuition, books, room, and board (Sunday pm - Friday noon). The Chamber dives cost an additional $25.
A $100 deposit is required to reserve space in the class.
Refunds must be requested in writing
No refunds will be issued after one month prior to the start of the class!


  • Karl E. Huggins: Program Manager - USC Catalina Hyperbaric Chamber
  • Michael Levine, MD: Medical Director - USC Catalina Hyperbaric Chamber & USC+LAC Medical Center ER
  • Robert W. Sanders, MD, FACEP: Crew Health and Safety Flight Surgeon - NASA-JSC
  • USC Catalina Hyperbaric Chamber
  • P.O. Box 5069
  • 1 Big Fisherman Cove
  • Avalon, CA 90704
  • Emergency Phone: 310-510-1053