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, 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 $25.