Mark your calendar-Wednesday, May 3 is Chamber Day & Chamber Eve
To err is human. To dive is divine. To err while diving can cause some big problems. A study 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 because, since 1974, we 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!
2017 marks our Chamber’s 43rd year of unbending service to the Southern California diving community. While our Chamber still gets about 50% of its funding from the 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 hope you’ll participate in Chamber Day & Eve 2017 on Wednesday, May 3.
The first Chamber Day 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 $108,000 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, hundreds of volunteers donate their time, and you (hopefully) donate your money.
Here is what Channel Islands Dive Adventures is participating in:
- The main event is Chamber Day and we are sponsoring one of our favorite boats, the Asante. The day includes two dives at Catalina plus a walking tour of the Chamber facility at the Isthmus. We will be leaving at 7:00 am (6:00 am boarding time) and planning on drift dives at Bird Rock and Blue Caverns. Afterwards we will have our Chamber tour and be back to the dock about 3:00 pm. The cost is $140 (this includes $30 for food and airfills for the boat). You get the diving, the tour, a T-shirt, and 5 daytime raffle tickets PLUS CIDA will GIVE YOU $10 in free additional daytime raffle tickets for each spot purchased through us for Chamber Day.
*Sign-up for the Asante Chamber Day here
- Chamber Evening, co-sponsored by the Aquarium of the Pacific, wraps things up. CIDA will be sponsoring 2 tables for Chamber Eve and tickets are $110 each. This includes full access to the Aquarium, a sit-down dinner in the Great Hall (under the life-sized model of a blue whale), five evening raffle tickets and your chance at the grand prize—a week of diving with the manta rays, hammerheads, Mandarinfish, and other creatures you’ll find in Yap while staying at Manta Bay Resort PLUS CIDA will GIVE YOU $10 in free additional evening raffle tickets for each spot purchased through us for Chamber Eve.
*Sign-up for Chamber Evening with CIDA here
Sign-up for both Chamber Day and Chamber Evening and increase your odds of winning something very cool because you will get an additional 10 day time raffle tickets and 5 evening raffle tickets!
For more information about the Channel Islands Dive Adventures sponsored Chamber Day and Evening please contact Ken Kollwitz at info@channelislandsdiveadventures or call (805) 469-7288.
For more general info about both events please visit www.chamberday.org or you can call Chamber Day HQ at 310-652-4990.