Educational Programs at the USC Catalina Hyperbaric Chamber

One of the major missions of the USC Catalina Hyperbaric Chamber is to provide educational opportunities for the diving communities. These programs deal Diving Safety, Diving Accident Management, Hyperbaric Chamber Operations, Decompression Issues, etc.

To accomplish this goal the following programs are offered:

EDAM
Emergency Diving Accident Management

5 day program (Sunday - Friday) One - two classes a year - Primarily classroom lectures

ERD
Emergency Response Diver

5 day program (Sunday - Friday) One class a year - Primarily hands on and in-water

Catalina Chamber/DAN Diver Medical Technician (DMT) Class
5 day program (Sunday - Friday) One class a year - Prepare EMT-B's & higher for NBDHMT DMT Certification - Lecture and hands on skills

Invasive Skills Training Class Class
2 day program (Monday - Tuesday) One class a year - Invasive skill requirements for EMT-B's with Module 16 training wishing to apply for NBDHMT DMT Certification or DMT's looking for skills refreshers - Hands on skills

Advanced Decompression Physiology Seminar
2 day program (Saturday - Sunday) One class a year - In depth seminar on decompression theory and physiology

Mainland Chamber Crew Training Program
2 day program (generally Saturday - Sunday) - Lecture program for potential Chamber Volunteers unable to take the 5 days off for EDAM or ERD

Hands-On Chamber Operations Course
2-1/2 day program (Friday - Monday) - Hand on training in Hyperbaric Chamber Operations geared primarily towards training Volunteers for our Chamber
Prerequisites: Either EDAM, ERD, Mainland Chamber Crew Training, or equivalent training

Chamber Orientation Dives
2 hours - Experience a dive in the Chamber (maximum depth: 165 fsw)
Prerequisite: Diving/Hyperbaric Medical clearance

Chamber Tours
1/2 - 1 hour - Contact us to set up tour date and time

Lectures for Dive Clubs and Other Groups
Variable lengths - Contact us to set up lecture location, date and time.




  • USC Catalina Hyperbaric Chamber
  • P.O. Box 5069
  • 1 Big Fisherman Cove
  • Avalon, CA 90704
  • Emergency Phone: 310-510-1053