In any diving emergency, the more quickly you seek treatment, the
more likely you are to get full resolution of the problem. These numbers are provided by Reef Seekers as a public service.
THESE NUMBERS WERE LAST CONFIRMED AS ACCURATE ON JANUARY 8, 2023.
remember that there is a chance
some of these may change subsequent to our publication of them.
You can also call us (Reef Seekers) at
310/652-4990, tell us what's going on, and we'll do our best to refer
you to the proper place.
These numbers are generally intended to help you initiate immediate first aid
and treatment for diving accidents. If you have a question that is of a general nature, and does not
involve the immediate resolution of a possible diving accident, please use the non-emergency
numbers listed or call Reef Seekers directly at
310/652-4990 and we'll point you to the help you need.
IF YOU'RE ON THE WATER IN A BOAT
(PRIVATE & COMMERCIAL) AND HAVE A
WHICH REQUIRES IMMEDIATE ASSISTANCE OR EVACUATION:
MARINE RADIO: Channel 16.
Call for the Coast Guard, state
the vessel name and location, declare that you have a scuba diving
emergency which requires immediate assistance. When USCG responds, start
with the condition of your diver in distress: conscious or unconscious,
breathing or non-breathing. USCG will move
you to another channel, get more detailed info, and dispatch help. (It
takes a while, so try to be as patient and calm as possible given the
circumstances.) The L.A. County Lifeguards
and the Chamber (as well as some other agencies) also monitor Channel 16 and
should also hear what's going on.
If radio contact is not an option and you have a cell phone with service,
you can also use the emergency numbers listed below.
IF YOU THINK YOU'RE BENT OR
• • • SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA ONLY • • •
Catalina Hyperbaric Chamber: 310/510-1053 (emergencies only)
L.A. County Medic Alert Center: 866/940-4401, then push "1" and tell the operator you have a scuba diving
and need to speak to the hyperbaric physician on call
UCLA Hyperbaric Center (Gonda Wound Care Center - normal business hours): 310/794-9014
(AFTER HOURS, UCLA
310/825-6301, press 1, tell them it's a scuba emergency, and ask to page the on-call hyperbaric physician)
• • • EVERYWHERE ELSE INCLUDING
INTERNATIONAL • • •
D.A.N. (Divers Alert Network): 919/684-9111 (they will accept a
collect call from anywhere in the world)
NON-EMERGENCY DIVING MEDICINE QUESTIONS
Catalina Chamber: 310/510-4020
D.A.N.: 919/684-2948 (M-F, 8:00A-8:00PM ET)
D.A.N. Travel Assist (non-diving emergencies):