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Hyperbaric Chamber Dive

Everyone, please put yourself on the waiting list.  I will give priority to sustaining members for one week.

The purpose of a hyperbaric chamber dive is to gain further knowledge about scuba diving safety, the benefits of hyperbaric treatment and to experience nitrogen narcosis in a safe environment.

This course has been offered since 1994 and is intended for recreational scuba divers and professional divers alike.  The course includes a slide presentation followed by a bounce dive to the equivalent of 130 feet of sea water.  You will be essentially diving on dry land.  You should log this dive!

This is a state of the art facility used for treating a number of different conditions, including decompression sickness suffered by divers. The session will start on 9:00am and is scheduled to 11:30 in the morning.

In 2004, Lutheran General installed a new, state-of-the-art, computer-driven center, with the latest technological breakthroughs. The multiplace facility can provide treatment for 12 patients at a time, with comfortable seating, radio and TV entertainment and interaction with a qualified health professional during the duration of the treatment. The only other hyperbaric locations in Illinois are monoplace (one-person) facilities that require patients to lie in a small isolation chamber during treatment.

This is a unique opportunity to explore this technology.  You are encouraged to bring balloons, ping pong balls, fruit and other items that will help demonstrate what you experience underwater, and might not realize.  This is an educational and fun event.

You need to be a certified diver to participate.  Please bring your "C" card.  Also, if you generally have problems with clearing your ears underwater, you will find you might have more problems in a chamber dive.  You need to equalize your ears more frequently in air then you do underwater.  Price will be $20.  Sustaining members will have first chance at this event.  For information on sustaining membership, please go Here Limit is 12 people.



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  • Emily

    This was a really cool experience. Thanks for organizing, Dean!

    June 2, 2013

  • Emily

    Kind of a weird question... I have a new wetsuit I've never worn and I know it will be very buoyant the first few dives until it gets compressed. (I experienced that with my booties causing my feet to float at my safety stops, and it's such a pain! :)) If I bring it with me in the hyperbaric chamber, does anyone know if that will help break it in? It seems like if you're getting the same pressure as 130 ft it would help, but I'm not sure whether water has something to do with it as well. Thought I'd see if any of you with more experience might know. So excited for this "dive!"

    May 25, 2013

    • Dean N.

      I'm late with this, but remember, air equals warmth. "breaking in" neoprene means that it will give you less exposure protection.

      June 1, 2013

    • Emily

      Thanks, that's a good point. I just know the first dive with my new booties was terrible because my feet kept floating on the safety stop! I was able to shift my tank low to offset it but the divemaster I was with said it was probably because they weren't compressed yet.

      June 2, 2013

  • Randy K.

    Now I know what it's like inside a scuba cylinder when it's being filled with air! It was a very informative, interesting and fun experience. Thanks Dean!

    June 1, 2013

  • Dean N.

    Always a great and informative experience.

    June 1, 2013

  • Corey S.

    Great experience!

    June 1, 2013

  • Frank N.

    I just found out I have to work tomorrow. Have a great time!

    May 31, 2013

  • Corey S.

    Definitely excited for this! Heard great things.

    May 26, 2013

  • Randy K.

    The pressure will "break it in" but I don't think you'll notice any difference. It's designed to provide exposure protection with the microbubbles that will hopefully retain their shape for 100's of dives. Increase your weight slightly and that should help.

    May 25, 2013

  • Susan S

    This is a great event. So many divers so few spaces. I have done this "dive" before therefore will give up my seat for newbies. I will be signing up for the next chamber dive. Have fun. Be sure to bring your dive computer into the chamber You can record
    this dive on you computer by submerging it in water.

    May 19, 2013

  • Shawn

    This should be interesting.

    May 18, 2013

  • Robert H. H.

    I see there is alot of interest in this event by people who have never been! Considering I have done a Chamber dive before, I will step down and let someone who has never done it before step in! You guy's will enjoy this- it's alot of fun and quite a learning experience too!!!!!

    1 · May 11, 2013

    • Robert H. H.

      I hope you do to- you will really enjoy it! It's a great learning experience and it will eliminate that sense of fear and wonder if god forbid you have to do a chamber ride!

      May 13, 2013

    • Robert H. H.

      Andy- also; if you become a supporting member you will have first chance at any limited number paid events. It costs $20 a year and help the group pay for events and speakers as well as giving you first shot!

      May 13, 2013

  • joli

    I did one already, it's really a great thing. I feel like I would be less scared if I needed to go in one for real as I know what to expect now. It's also a lot of fun with squeaky voices and feeling drunk.

    May 12, 2013

  • James R.

    Gloria would like to attend as well but hasn't received the email with the link. Can you check her membership to the group and make sure she is activated properly. Thanks!

    May 11, 2013

  • Andy

    Always have been interested in experiencing this. Thanks for setting up the experience.

    May 11, 2013

  • Mike B.

    I will be in L.Mich. diving that day.

    May 11, 2013

  • Emily

    This sounds like an awesome experience!

    May 11, 2013

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