Dr. Albert Jose’ Jones Commemorative Coin Announcement

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

Please click on the link provided and fill out the pre-order information if you are interested in securing a coin.



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


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

October Happy Hour with Blue Planet

Catch up with your Blue Planet dive buddies at our next happy hour! Been on a Blue Planet trip lately? Wear your trip shirt and be entered to win a SeaLife SeaDragon dive light!

WHEN: Tuesday, October 5, 2021 starting at 6:00 PM
WHERE: El Tamarindo (1785 Florida Ave NW, Washington, DC 20009)
RSVP: on Facebook or via email

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):


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:


NABS Executive Committee

Pool Openings In the DMV- Time to get Wet!

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


Carla (UAS Dive Coordinator)


Meeting Recording:


Access Passcode:   *URcum1a


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.


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


Club Activity

2021 Fall UAS kayaking trip

The Fall Shenandoah River Kayak Adventure is scheduled for 16 October 2021, right in the middle of the colorful changing of the foliage in the Shenandoah River Valley.  This year’s trip will be an 11.5-mile trip that should take about 5-7 hours to complete depending on a number of variables, including weather, river conditions and paddler’s skill levels.  As always, this is a “rain or shine” weather event.  
Please let Kamau Sadiki (ksadiki@gmail.com) know by 1 October 2021 if you are interested in this event and more details will be provided.
You can point your browser to frontroyaloutdoors.com and click on “Kayak” and then “Longer Day (Trip #3)” to get details about the 11.5 mile trip and renting equipment if necessary.

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


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

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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!



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


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.


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


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


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


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


Southern Clubs

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


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


-DIVERSe Orlando – Charter Club located in Orlando, Florida


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


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


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

Welcome to Underwater Adventure Seekers

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.