Re: Chamber Day 2007

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Posted by on March 01, 2007 at 00:43:43:

In Reply to: Chamber Day & Evening 2007 posted by Ken Kurtis on March 01, 2007 at 00:36:41:

The daytime event is called as "Chamber Day" and runs as it has in the past. (And donít forget the date - Wednesday, May 2.)

SoCalís finest dive boats donate their services for the day. They are (in alphabetical order): Aquatica, Bottom Scratcher, Cee Ray, Great Escape, Island Time, Magician, Mr. C, Psalty V, Pacific Star, Sea Bass, Second Stage, Sundiver, and Sundiver II. Hereís the way it works. (And for those who canít actually take the day off, thereís always the Flying Dutchman. More on that later.)

You pay $90 for the day (all the proceeds go to the Chamber) and choose the boat you want to go on. (Book early because once a boat fills, itís unavailable. Although weíll hold a reservation for you for 72 hours, after that time, spots are only guaranteed when they are paid in full.) This year, all the boats are doing food-and-air-included so weíll also collect $30 from you for that (making the total tab $120).

In general, the boats will leave their respective dock at 7AM and head for Catalina. (Some boats may allow you to board the night before and sleep on board.) Youíll get a commemorative Chamber Day 2007 t-shirt, five raffle tickets (you can buy more on your boat or at the Chamber), and make two dives at Catalina.

Sometime during the day, your boat will stop at our Catalina Chamber in Big Fishermanís Cove. Youíll all disembark for a 75-minute overview of Chamber operations. L.A. County Lifeguards will explain their job, rescue helicopters and crews from the Coast Guard and Sheriffs will be on hand, and the Chamber crew will show you the Chamber itself, including taking you inside and pressurizing the Chamber to a depth of 1-foot. (Yes, youíll have to clear your ears. Itís really weird and we canít explain it logically. However, if you think youíre getting narked, then weíve got to talk.)

Most of the boats will arrive back at their docks between 5 and 5:30PM. We try to radio all the boats on the way back to tell them their raffle winners. But all raffle prizes will be available in front of the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach at our drive-up raffle prize pick-up table. But we canít do any of this unless you sign up for the event by calling 310/652-4990 or by going to our secure server at www.chamberday.org. Come alone, or come with a friend, but just come.

But if you canít do the daytime event (or if you do the daytime and want to cap it off with a fabulous evening) . . .

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