Dates for 2015 have not yet been scheduled.
Please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to be notified when the next dates and location are set.
Classes start at 8:30 a.m. each day, unless otherwise indicated.
(Mainland Class size limited to: 21 students /Island Class size limited to: 3 students)
*Participation in the Island Hands-On Training is not a requirement for attendance in the Mainland Lecture Program.
This program is for those individuals wishing to explore the possibility of joining the Catalina Chamber Volunteer Crew. All too often, busy schedules prevent many of you from taking our five-day Emergency Dive Accident Management (EDAM) or Emergency Response Diver (ERD) courses, which, before the Mainland Based Program, were the only avenues of access to the Catalina Chamber Volunteer Crew. This program, designed to accommodate your busy schedules, makes it possible for you to participate on Crew by providing the minimum additional information and training needed to become an active member of the Chamber's Volunteer Crew. The class consists of about 16 hours of mainland classroom lectures and one weekend on Catalina for Hands-On Chamber Operations (Chamber Ops) training. Topics covered by the mainland lectures include:
The general schedule for the weekend Hands-On Chamber Operations class is:
Although there are no prerequisites for attending the Mainland Weekend class there are prerequisites for going through the Hands-On Chamber Ops class to become a member of the Chamber Volunteer Crew. They are:
The Mainland Weekend class tuition is $25.00 (to cover material costs). Once you go through the Mainland Weekend class you can decide if you want to continue on to the Hands-On Chamber Ops class.
For the Hands-On Chamber Ops class you will be responsible for your parking and transportation to the island. Tuition for the Hands-On Chamber Ops course is $300 and housing for the two nights is $80. Your $300 tuition will be used to purchase two Catalina Express Commuter Books (currently a $540 value) for your subsequent trips to the island to volunteer (normally 10 weekend roundtrips).
If you plan on fulfilling your initial (30 day) Volunteer Crew commitment with fewer trips of longer duration the $300 tuition can be waived and you will be responsible for your transportation to and from the island (this can also apply if you plan on utilizing the school boat, or use of your own boat for transportation to and from the island).
The cost (excluding food and based on the current parking, Express, & housing rates) for the two weekends ($499.50) is balanced out when the two Catalina Express Commuter Books ($525 value) are taken into account:
To sign up for the mainland classroom date fill in and submit the on-line registration form (link will become active once dates are set).
Your Hands-On Chamber Ops island weekend will be scheduled at your mainland classroom session. In order to sign up for the Hands-On Chamber Ops class you must commit to scheduling at least 15 days of your 30-day Internship time prior to taking the Hands-On Chamber Ops Class. The 15 days can be distributed anyway you want them, from five weekends (Friday evening to Sunday afternoon counts as three days) to all 15 days in a row.
If you have any questions you may e-mail the Chamber at email@example.com or call at 310-510-4020.
We look forward to seeing you on Crew.