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Posted by Max Bottomtime on January 19, 2005 at 10:40:48:

Two courses to be presented by the Catalina Hyperbaric Chamber in Southern California.

The staff of the Catalina Hyperbaric Chamber will be offering two courses in Emergency Dive Accident Management (EDAM) in 2005. The courses are open to anyone who is interested in learning more about the medical aspects of diving and how dive accidents are treated. Diving instructors and guides, search and rescue personnel, and emergency medical personnel will find the course of particular interest.

The course includes information on the types of equipment, events and circumstances that lead to diving accidents. Detailed information on decompression, lung over-pressure injuries, dive computers, narcosis, and technical diving issues are covered during the exciting 38-hour course. Also included are the field evaluation of dive accidents, communication procedures, and hyperbaric chamber treatment. Demonstrations are provided (weather permitting) by the L.A. County Baywatch Lifeguards and the U.S. Coast Guard helicopter rescue team.

Lecturers during the course include:
Karl Huggins, Program manager for the USC Catalina Hyperbaric Chamber
Dr. Jeff Sipsey, M.D., Medical director USC Catalina Hyperbaric Chamber
Mark Tulin, Ph.D., Supervisor USC Catalina Hyperbaric Chamber
Captain Kevin Marble, Lifeguard/Paramedic - Los Angeles County Fire Dept.

The course is offered only at the Catalina Hyperbaric Chamber located at the Wrigley Marine Science Center on beautiful Catalina Island. This facility is operated by the University of Southern California and located in Big Fisherman Cove, adjacent to the Isthmus on Catalina. Participants live in the housing for the USC facility during the training. The USC Catalina Hyperbaric Chamber is part of USC, a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization.

The 2005 EDAM courses are being offered during the weeks of March 13-18 and July 31-August 5. Tuition for the course is $600.00 including tuition, books, room and board. Participation is limited so early sign-up is highly recommended. For more information, or to enroll in the course, check out the chamber's web site at http://wrigley.usc.edu/hyperbaric/chamber. USC Catalina Hyperbaric Chamber, P.O. Box 5069, 1 Big Fisherman's Cove, Two Harbors, CA 90704. Tel. (310) 510-4020

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