Diving is an amazingly safe sport . . . until it isn’t. But we’re all human and things happen. In fact, a has shown that 69% of diving accidents are caused by diver error. So the last thing you’d want to hear is, “Sorry, there’s no chamber in the area so there’s nothing we can do for you.” Fortunately, that’s NOT the case in SoCal. Since 1974, divers have relied on the USC Catalina Hyperbaric Chamber to bail us out when things go wrong. And once again, our Chamber is counting on you.
2018 marks our Chamber’s 44th year of unbending service to the Southern California diving community. While our Chamber still gets about half of its funding from the L.A. 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 need you to participate in Chamber Day & Eve 2018 on Wednesday, May 2. And we’re trying some new things this year that we hope you’ll find inviting.
This is our 30th annual Chamber Day event. The first one in 1989 attracted about 200 divers and netted about $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. Last year we raised just under $106,000 for our Chamber. We are justifiably considered the largest single-day scuba charity event in the United States and perhaps even the world.
It’s important to know that ALL monies raised go to the Chamber. No administrative fees are deducted from the proceeds, the participating 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 (we still have to pay for the food), hundreds of volunteers donate their time, and you (hopefully) donate your money.
Whether it’s a boat, a store, a club, a manufacturer, another organization, or an individual, those of us who work behind the scenes put a lot of time and effort into Chamber Day & Eve 2017 because we believe it’s really important to have our Chamber available to us 24/7/366. When a dive accident occurs, getting an injured diver to our Chamber alive means that he/she has an excellent chance of survival and recovery. Knowing this while you’re performing first aid, administering oxygen, or doing whatever it takes is a reassuring thought. Our Chamber is an invaluable safety net that we simply don’t want to lose. Your participation in any or all of the facets of Chamber Day will help to ensure our Chamber’s future.
* As always, Ocean Adventures will be dressing up and sponsoring 2 tables for Chamber Eve. Chamber Evening is co-sponsored by the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach. You’ll have full access to the Aquarium, a sit-down dinner in the Great Hall (under the life-sized model of a blue whale), hear a few speeches, maybe win one of the amazing raffle prizes, and finally, cheer during the presentation of the Chamber Day check to Karl Huggins, Director of the Chamber. Ocean Adventures will be sponsoring 2 tables for the evening so please join with us and the whole scuba community to celebrate and support this special event, its tons of fun! You can purchase your Chamber Eve tickets through OADC here or give us a call at 310.578.9391 or you can book through chamberday.org and make sure that you put Ocean Adventures as the group that you want to sit with!