Catalina Island is one of the top diving destinations in the world where more than a million dives are conducted each year. The location is ideal for a hyperbaric treatment facility devoted to divers. The chamber is available to treat injured divers 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The Catalina Hyperbaric Chamber needs additional sources of revenue to help Scuba divers. Divers are fortunate to have this facility available and towards that end, the chamber holds Chamber Day every year on the first Wednesday in May.
The USC Catalina Hyperbaric Chamber is an emergency medical facility located at the USC Wrigley Marine Science Center on Catalina Island. Karl Huggins, the director of the Catalina Hyperbaric Chamber, conducted his studies on decompression at the Chamber in 1983. His studies led to scientific contributions to diving. He began studying decompression by learning how to calculate dive tables used by the Navy. After developing his own decompression dive tables, he began giving talks about decompression models and tables. It was after one of these talks that he was approached by Craig Barshinger, the found of Orca Industries. Craig was impressed by Karl´s knowledge of decompression and asked he could aid in the development of the first EDGE dive computer. Huggins formulated the decompression algorithm used in the dive computer´s functioning and the rest is history.
For the past 26 years, Chamber Day has helped raise funds to maintain the chamber, making sure it´s ready 24 hours a day for emergency diving situations. Chamber Day is a full day event which includes a full day of boat diving at Catalina and a walking tour of the Hyperbaric Chamber. For a donation of $140, you´ll receive: 2 dives at Catalina Island, food and air refills, a tour of the Hyperbaric Chamber, a commemorative t-shirt, 5 raffle tickets, and opportunities to talk to local search and rescue personnel.
There is also the Chamber Challenge
, which challenges the community to raise extra funds for the chamber. The concept is simple: you make a donation and then challenge your friends to do the same.
The local Southern California boats generously donate their time and services. Dive shops and manufacturers donate money and gear for raffle prizes. Scuba.com
has proudly donated several thousand dollars to the chamber. In addition, there are also hundreds of volunteers who donate their time for the day to day upkeep of the facility and conducting the annual event. All proceeds go directly to the Chamber. Your contributions are appreciated and help keep the chamber operating throughout the year.
You can register to the event by filling out the form here
. If you´re unable to attend the event, please consider donating to the annual Chamber Day fundraiser here