USC Catalina Chamber Training

The USC Catalina Hyperbaric Chamber will be holding a Mainland Chamber Ops Class on January 26-27, 2019. It will be held at the Aquarium of the Pacific Administration Building at Catalina Landing. To sign up go to: For more information about the class go to:

January 26-27, 2019
Aquarium of the Pacific, Long Beach, CA

Please e-mail us at 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)

  • Mainland Lecture Program
    $25.00 U.S. (Materials Fee)
  • Island Hands-On Chamber Operations Training*
    $390.00 U.S. (Tuition, Housing, & Facility Fee)
    Students will be responsible for transportation and parking for both Mainland & Island sections of this training.

*Participation in the Island Hands-On Training is not a requirement for attendance in the Mainland Lecture Program.

On-Line Registration Form for January 26-27, 2019 Mainland Chamber Crew Training

Training 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:

  • Diving Physics and Physiology
  • Decompression Sickness, Signs and Symptoms
  • Air Embolism, Signs and Symptoms
  • Decompression Tables
  • Treatment Tables
  • Use of Hyperbaric Oxygen
  • Patient Care, Assessment and Treatment
  • Chamber Operations
  • Recording Protocols
  • Treatment Case Histories

The general schedule for the weekend Hands-On Chamber Operations class is:

  • Friday Night
    • Depart San Pedro to Two Harbors
    • Arrive Catalina Chamber
    • Walk through Chamber startup/shutdown procedures
  • Saturday
    • Perform a Chamber Dive at each crew position
    • Rapid Field Neurological Exam
    • Universal Precautions
  • Sunday
    • Perform Treatment Simulation Dives at each crew position
    • Accident Scenario
    • Depart Two Harbors to San Pedro

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:

  • Diving Certification (or Medical Training with equivalent physics and physiology understanding)
  • CPR Certification
  • Medical Clearance to Dive - A diving physical signed by a physician within a year of your Island Hands-On training class is needed in order to be able to "dive" in the Chamber - you may use a medical form from your training agency, an RSTC medical form, or our Clearance for Hyperbaric Exposure form.
  • A Desire to Help

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 $75. The Lab also charges a Facility Fee of $5 per person per day to cover their increased cost of water and electricity.
Your $300 tuition will be used to purchase two Catalina Express Commuter Books (currently a $550 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 ($524.50) is balanced out when the two Catalina Express Commuter Books ($550.00 value) are taken into account:

  • $  25.00 - Registration fee for Mainland Class Materials
  • $  73.50 - Catalina Express Travel to and from Island
  • $  75.00 - Housing for Two Nights at the Wrigley Marine Lab
  • $  36.00 - Express Parking (Two Nights)
  • $  15.00 - Marine Lab Facility Fees (Three Days)
  • $300.00 - Chamber Ops Tuition
  • $524.50 - Total Initial Cost
  • $550.00 - Two Catalina Express Commuter Books purchased by Chamber
  • $  25.50 - Overall Cost

To sign up for the mainland classroom date fill in and submit the On-Line Registration Form Mainland Chamber Crew Training.
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 or call at 310-510-4020.
We look forward to seeing you on Crew.

1/26/2019 - 1/27/2019
Long Beach, CA 90802 UNITED STATES

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