NABS 2021 Hall of Fame Inductee!

Kim Walker

  • PADI Master Instructor
  • OW certified in 1997
  • UAS member since 2001
  • 1300+ Logged dives
My favorite Top 3 Dive Sites:
Galapagos
Sipadan, Island
Hawaii

Kim Walker

Dr. Albert Jose’ Jones Commemorative Coin Purchase

The first of its kind the Underwater Adventure Seekers have created a Commemorative Coin for our illustrious Founder Dr. A. Jose`Jones

Dr. Jones’ many lifetime achievements: 

  • Fulbright Scholar, Marine Biology, University of Queensland, Australia
  • PhD, Marine Biology, Georgetown University
  • Professor & Professor Emeritus of Marine Science/Environmental Science, University of District Columbia
  • PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor, 1970
  • CMAS Two-star instructor, 1977
  • 7th Degree Black Belt, Tae-Kwon Do
  • SSI Platinum 5000 Dives, 1995
  • NABS Co-Founder, 1991 and NABS Hall of Fame, 2004
  • DAN/Rolex Diver of the Year, 2005
  • Beneath the Sea Diver of the Year, 2009
  • International Scuba Diving Hall of Fame Inductee, 2015
  • Purple Heart Medal Recipient
  • Sport Diver Magazine Diver of the Year, 2008

Academia 

Served as Professor, Dean, Vice President of Academic Affairs & Provost at the University of the District of Columbia – Currently Professor Emeritus Marine and Environmental Sciences

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dear UAS Members and Friends,

The Dr. Jose Jones Commemorative Coin is now available for purchase.  This special coin is available for only $25.00 each.

FOR THOSE WHO COMPLETED THE GOOGLE FORM ONLY: Earlier this year, you completed an online form indicating your interest in purchasing a coin.  We have been required to make a few changes to the ordering processes.

FOR THOSE WHO DID NOT COMPLETE THE GOOGLE FORM: We are ready to receive and process your order.
Method of Payment
Currently, three payment options are available for purchasing coins:
  1. Send an electronic payment using Zelle (https://www.zellepay.com) to UASTreasurer@gmail.com. This email address is tied to the UAS checking account and is the preferred method of payment.
  2. Deposit money into the UAS account at any Bank of America using checking account # 0020 8634 0510.
    • When depositing your payment at Bank of America, please use a check or money order and please ensure your name and the number of coins you ordered appears on the document (e.g., “Jane Doe – 5 coins”)
  3. Send a check or money order via postal mail to:
Underwater Adventure Seekers
c/o Rene Sterling
P.O. Box 272
Columbia MD 21045
Order Form
To place or confirm your Dr. Jones coin order, please complete the form, print and email it to the UAS Treasurer, Rene Sterling, at UASTreasurer@gmail.com.  On this form, you will provide your contact information (including mailing address), indicate your preferred mode of payment, and confirm the number of coins you would like to order.
We are considering placing an order for prior coins. If enough people are interested, an order could be cost effective.  Please use the bottom of the form (Section III) to indicate whether you would be interested in obtaining a 50th or 60th Anniversary Coin.
Timeline
We will distribute the coins in person during the UAS Club Meeting on Saturday December 11, 2021.  You may also purchase coins at this time.  In addition to the UAS meeting, we also will arrange for a pick-up location within PG County, MD on another weekend in December and/or January (date, time and location to be determined).  If you prefer, we can also mail the coins to you at no additional charge (for this option, please be sure to include your mailing address on the order form).
Questions
Please feel free to contact us with any questions, as follows:
  • For questions about coin features and logistical issues, please send an email to UAS Member Arthur Miller at millera_007@hotmail.com
  • For questions about coin payment or financial issues, please send an email to UAS Treasurer Rene Sterling at UASTreasurer@gmail.com
Sincerely
Arthur Miller and Rene Sterling (2020-2021 UAS Treasurer)

 

 
Recording from the NABS election webinar
View the recording – For more information about the digital election, please contact the Nominations Chair Lynne Diggs at nominations@nabsdivers.org.
NABS Members,

Please visit the NABS Website Calendar for updates on 2021 Regional Club trips, the NABS Summit, and to help you plan in attending our NABS monthly Safety Tips and other Zoom-based informative sessions or other events, exclusively for our members:

https://nabsdivers.org/upcoming-events/Check out new July 2021 information shared by the regional clubs (BLOG Posts):

https://nabsdivers.org/2021/05/15/nabs-special-announcements/

Remember, you have been asking about NABS wear for years and we now have it available via the NABS Dive Locker. The Locker shuts down July 25th and only those items with sufficient orders will be completed and delivered, click below:

https://nabs20.itemorder.com/sale

NABS Executive Committee

Pool Openings In the DMV- Time to get Wet!

Please check the links below for your area. Rules are constantly changing!

Thanks

Carla (UAS Dive Coordinator)

 Bob Williams’ NABS HISTORY CHANNEL

Meeting Recording:

https://nabsdivers.zoom.us/rec/share/Ne6-uLbZTMpYDx0BinlsI2CL0bix1Ae9tTuPvt-_Y2gVVKGHaZsUVC7X0oy92B_j.i1Ku6E74-v6OcMbL

Access Passcode:   *URcum1a

AUGUST

Tuskegee Airmen Memorial Dedication August 26th thru 28th

Diving With a Purpose (DWP) is dedicating a memorial to recognize the accomplishments of the Tuskegee Airmen of WWII, trained in the State of Alabama and perished in accidents in the State of Michigan. The dedication/unveiling ceremony will be the culmination of three-days of activities. The purpose of this three-day event is to bring national attention to recognize the accomplishments of the Tuskegee Airmen of World War II.
  The activities during the three-day event include: (1) a welcome reception; (2)    museum exhibition; (3) a luncheon; and (4) the memorial
  dedication/unveiling ceremony.
Port Huron Museum Exhibit
Leading up to the dedication an exhibit on DWP and   the Tuskegee Airmen project will be featured at the Port Huron Museum. This exhibit will be open to the public with the objective of educating the community at-large on the accomplishments of Tuskegee Airmen and the pilots that   perished in accidents in the Port Huron, Michigan area.
Welcome Reception
The Welcome Reception will be held at the Blue Water Convention Center. This reception  is open to the general community and will welcome out-of-town guests. The Convention   Center is a short walk from the memorial dedication site in the City of Port Huron, Michigan.
Memorial Dedication/Unveiling Ceremony
Guests for the dedication/unveiling ceremony will include surviving Tuskegee Airmen and their descendants; the general public and civic community; State (Alabama and Michigan) and local business community; State/local (Alabama and Michigan) politicians; and State/local (Alabama and Michigan) government officials. Invited guests include National politicians and United States Military officials.
The ceremony will take place on the International Flag Plaza along the St. Clair River in the City of Port Huron, Michigan.
Dedication Luncheon
Immediately after the unveiling/dedication ceremony, the Tuskegee Airmen Memorial Luncheon will be held at the Blue Water Convention Center.
The luncheon will be a banquet style event. Guests will include surviving Tuskegee Airmen and their descendants; the general public and civic community; State and local (Alabama and Michigan) business community; State/local (Alabama and Michigan) politicians; and State/local (Alabama and Michigan) government officials. Invited guests include National politicians and United States Military officials. The luncheon will feature a national keynote speaker   from the Maritime Archaeology field.
Tuskegee Airmen Memorial Schedule of Events (Port Huron, Michigan)
     Port Huron Museum Exhibit                              Thursday – August 26th (5:00 – 7:00 pm)
Light Refreshments/Panel Discussion
           Welcome Reception                                        Friday – August 27th (5:00 – 7:00 pm)
   Light Refreshments/Cash Bar
Dedication Ceremony                                                 Saturday – August 28th (10:30 – 11:30 am)
             Luncheon                                                         Saturday – August 28th (12:30 – 3:00 pm)
Hotel Information:

Diving With a Purpose (DWP) has a reservation site for the DoubleTree Hilton Hotel in Port Huron, Michigan!

DWP has a reserved a block of rooms at a special rate for the event. The block of rooms is reserved from Sunday, August 22nd to Saturday, August 28th with a Sunday, August 29th departure.
You do not have to book a room for the entire length of time.
Hotel Reservation Cut-off Date: July 25, 2021
Booking a reservation from our site is simple. Click on “Book a Room” below to receive DWP’s group preferred rate.
Registration for Events:
After you complete your hotel reservation use the link below link to register for the Tuskegee Airmen Memorial Events: August 26 thru 28.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/tuskegee-airmen-memorial-events-august-26th-27th-28th-tickets-160022051263

The Tuskegee Airmen Memorial Dedication on International Flag Plaza on August 28th is a public event and does not require registration.

The registration for the Dedication Luncheon is $35.00. The admission for the Museum Exhibition and Welcome Reception is free, however, you must register for these events in order to account for attendance. All tickets are electronic. There will be no on-site registration. There is limited capacity for the Museum Exhibition and Welcome Reception.
Airline Information:
Delta and Southwest Airlines flies to Detroit, Michigan (DTW) from Washington National (DCA) and Baltimore-Washington International (BWI). Upon arrival in Detroit, Michigan you must drive approximately 90 minutes to the City of Port Huron, Michigan. Check the airlines for exact information on flights.
Please let Vanessa (vshapes@aol.com) know if you plan to join us as soon as possible, so that we can make special seating arrangements for you.
Yours in Diving
Jay and Vanessa Haigler

SEPTEMBER

Club Activity

Ruthie Browning’s Annual Spring Cozumel Visit – April 2-9, 2022

Ruthie is planning her annual spring trip to Cozumel. 

It is an “open” trip, so anyone who wishes to join her posse is welcomed.

Here is the prices: 7 nights 5 days with 2 tanks 4 days combo

(7 nights – 5 days two tanks morning -4 days 1 tank afternoon)

$1490 usd single diver
$1196 usd double per diver
$1126 usd triple per diver
Non diver double occ $601 usd
Non diver triple occ $531 usd

Estándar pool/garden view Price all inclusive $104 usd per night one person  $728 7 nights
Estándar pool/garden view Price all inclusive $ 169u sd per night two persons $1183 7 nights
Estándar pool/garden view Price all inclusive $234u sd per noght 3 persons  $ 1638 7 nights

Prices per diving a la carte is:

2 tanks morning $96 usd per diver
1 tank afternoon $55 usd per diver

 

Upcoming dive trips – Tennort family

The Tennort family has 2 remaining dive trips.  Below are the details if you want to join them:

Cozumel, Mexico, April 4-9, 2022
Hotel/Dive Resort: Cozumel Hotel & Resort, Trademark Collection by Wyndham, 77600 San Miguel de Cozumel, Q.R., Mexico, groups@cozumelhotel.com.mx
Cozumel Dive Plan:
5 Apr – 2 Tank Dive with the dive operator on site, Dive Paradise
6 Apr – 2 Tank Dive with the dive operator on site, Dive Paradise
7 Apr – 2 Tank Dive with the dive operator on site, Dive Paradise
8 Apr – 2 Tank Dive with the dive operator on site, Dive Paradise

Channel Islands, CA, August 12-14
Hotel: Franciscan Inn & Suites, 109 Bath St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101, USA
Dive Operator: https://spectreboat.com/, 1591 Spinnaker Drive, Ventura CA 93001, 805-486-1166
Channel Islands Dive Plan: 13 Aug – 3 Tank Dive with Cal Boat Diving (Spectre Boat)

For details, contact Brian Tennort at btennort@gmail.com, or 321-961-7325

Shop Trips

TRIPS HOSTED BY AQUATIC ADVENTURES

We have tons of openings on the Turks and Caicos trip in October:

OctTurks-Caicos Flyer2021

https://aquaticadventuresva.com/en/turks-and-caicos-october-2021

We have the Philippines trip scheduled for August.  We are waiting to hear if the country will be reopened by then.  https://aquaticadventuresva.com/en/atlantis-philippines-august-2021

Stay tuned!

 

TRIPS HOSTED BY BLUE PLANET SCUBA:

As noted below, these trips all have spots available:
(Links to trips)
Contact the shop for more info and any questions! info@blueplanetdc.com 202-527-9419

TRIPS HOSTED BY SCUBA CENTER & OUTDOOR REC:

As noted below, these trips all have spots available:
(Links to trip(s))

We are happy to have you all at our Solomons shop, but also check us out once-a-month at our Pop-Up shop located at 1000 Hampton Park Blvd, Capitol Heights, MD 20743

Fred Lyles Sr.

(410)449-8389

The National Association of Black Scuba (NABS) divers has clubs in four regions within the United States, the western region, the mid-west region, the southern region, and the northeastern region. Each region is represented by a regional representative; the regional rep is the liaison between the club presidents and the NABS Executive Board. https://nabsdivers.org/

Northeast Regional Clubs

-Underwater Adventure Seekers (UAS) –  Charter Club of Washington, District of Columbia

https://uasdivers.org/trips

-Atlantic Rangers Scuba Club (ATRA) – Charter Club in Philadephia, Pennsylvania

https://atlanticrangerssc.org/2021-atra-club-trip

-Aquatic Voyagers Scuba Club (AVSC) – Charter Club located in New York

http://www.avscdivers.org/trips/

-Charm City Scuba  – Charter Club located in Baltimore, Maryland

https://www.facebook.com/charmcityscuba

Southern Clubs

-Atlanta Underwater Explorers (AUE) –  Charter Club located in Atlanta, Georgia

https://diveaue.org/calendar/

-Southern SeaQuestrians (SSQ) – Charter Club in Atlanta, Georgia

https://ssquest.com/upcoming-trips/

-DIVERSe Orlando – Charter Club located in Orlando, Florida

https://diverse.clubexpress.com/content.aspx?page_id=4001&club_id=130944

-Nubian Dive Club – Charter Club located in Houston, Texas

https://nubiandiveclub.org/

-Black Coral Divers (BCD) -Charter Club located in Dallas, Texas

https://blackcoraldivers.org/

Ruthie Browning’s Annual Spring Cozumel Visit – April 2-9, 2022
Ruthie is planning her annual spring trip to Cozumel. 
It is an “open” trip, so anyone who wishes to join her posse…is welcomed.

Here is the prices 754 combo (7 nights – 5 days two tanks morning -4 days 1 tank afternoon)
The 7 nights 5 days and 4 days of diving it was not a price

This is for divers so the price is $1196 for double or $1490 for single etc. Call the hotel (when it is time to book) and pay up they take care of the room and diving as an all-inclusive package).
$1490 usd single diver
$1196 usd double per diver
$1126 usd triple per diver
Non diver double occ $601 usd
Non diver triple occ $531 usd

 Hotel Cozumel

This is for non-divers and how much the room would be
Estándar pool/garden view Price all inclusive $104 usd per night one person  $728 7 nights
Estándar pool/garden view Price all inclusive $ 169usd per night two persons $1183 7 nights
Estándar pool/garden view Price all inclusive $234usd per noght 3 persons  $ 1638 7 nights

UAS Summer Trip...

2022 …Stay Tuned!

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The Underwater Adventure Seekers (UAS) dive club is a first class organization of recreational and scientific divers dedicated to the principle of safe diving, physical fitness, community service, and environmental conservation.