AVALON – Scuba divers are invited to enjoy a day of diving off Catalina Island during the 41st annual Catalina Hyperbaric Chamber’s Chamber Day, May 6.
Known as the largest single-day scuba charity event in the United States, Chamber Day raises funding for the facility that operates under the mission to keep divers safe. The event marks a time for the diving community to come together each year for the benefit of the Catalina Hyperbaric Chamber.
Chamber Day and Eve serve as a major source of funding to ensure the chamber is available to divers 24/7/365. The first Chamber Day attracted about 200 divers and netted close to $15,000 for the chamber. Since then, the event has grown to more than 1,000 participants, added Chamber Eve, the Flying Dutchman and the Chamber Challenge. About $100,000 was raised last year.
The main event is Chamber Day, which includes a full day of diving – or two dives – at Catalina plus a walking tour of the Chamber at the Isthmus. Cost is $110, pus $30 for food and airfills, which goes to the boat. The cost includes diving, the tour, a t-shirt and five daytime raffle tickets.
The full roster or participating boats are: Asante, Cee Ray, Giant Stride, Hattitude, Magician, Pacific Star, Sundiver, Sundiver Express, Sundiver II and Truth.
For those who can’t take a day off but would still like to participate, the Flying Dutchman, a mythical boat but a key player in Chamber Day, is an option for those unable to attend the event. “Diving” the Flying Dutchman includes dive daytime raffle tickets and a t-shirt. The public can also contribute to the chamber through the Chamber Challenge, which raises money through direct donations. Cost is $95.
Dinner, a raffle and an evening of fun follow the event at Chamber Evening, co-sponsored by the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach. Tickets are $110 per person.
For more information on Chamber Day, visit chamberday.org or call (310) 652-4990.