Greetings All,
I wanted to share the latest information from PADI on this subject.  We know the strategies to fight COVID changes regularly and we as dive professionals must adapt and modify how we teach and perform our responsibilities.  So, take a few minutes to review the recommendations in the attachments.
There will be more emphasis on pushing safety throughout 2022.   From COVID-19, to dive training & education, we will be reminding club membership to remain vigilant when it comes to safety and water related activities.  These are challenging times and we will stay on top of this matter with your support and participation.  I’m looking forward to a safe, productive, and exciting year in 2022.  Hope you are as well…
If any questions, please contact me.  Thank you.
Kim Walker, UAS President

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:
Sipadan, Island

Kim Walker

Dr. Albert Jose Jones

Commemorative Coin Now Available

For the first time, the Underwater Adventure Seekers (UAS) has designed and produced a special coin that honors and commemorates the life and achievements of our illustrious founder, Dr. A. Jose Jones

Dr. Jones’ many lifetime achievements: 

  • Underwater Adventure Seeker, Dive club Founder
  • 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


  • Dean, Vice President of Academic Affairs, and Provost at the University of the District of Columbia
  • Professor Emeritus of Marine and Environmental Sciences at the University of the District of Columbia
  • Fulbright Scholar, Marine Biology, University of Queensland, Australia
  • PhD, Marine Biology, Georgetown University

UAS Coins


Dear UAS Members and Friends
The Dr. José Jones Commemorative Coin is now available for purchase.  This special coin is available for only $25.00 each. In addition to the Dr. Jones coin, we also have available UAS 50th Anniversary Coins for only $10.00 each.  If you completed a pre-order Google form early last year, you will need to update your order following the instructions below.  We welcome coin orders from UAS members and friends of UAS, so please feel free to forward this email to others who may be interested.
Order Form
To place or confirm your commemorative coin order, please request and complete the excel form and email it to the UAS Treasurer, Rene Sterling, at  On this form, you will provide your contact information (including mailing address), indicate your preferred mode of payment, and confirm the number and types of coins (Dr. Jones or 50th Anniversary) you would like to order.
We are considering placing an order for UAS 60th Anniversary Coins, which are currently not available. 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 60th Anniversary Coin.


Methods of Payment
Currently, three payment options are available for purchasing coins:
  1. Send an electronic payment using Zelle ( to 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
6801 Oak Hall Lane # 272
Columbia, MD 21045

We will sell and distribute coins during future in-person UAS Club Meetings. We can also mail coins to you at no additional charge (for this option, please be sure to include your mailing address on the order form).
Please feel free to contact us with any questions, as follows:
  • For questions about coin features and logistic issues, please send an email to UAS Member Arthur Miller at
  • For questions about coin payment or financial issues, please send an email to UAS Treasurer Rene Sterling at
Arthur and Rene
Recording from the NABS election webinar
View the recording – For more information about the digital election, please contact the Nominations Chair Lynne Diggs at
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: 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 ( 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



Grenada Trip 2022

UAS Members – 

We are now accepting trip deposits and registration forms for our UAS Grenada trip scheduled August 13 – 20, 2022.  Spaces for the Grenada trip are available on a first come, first served basis. In order to reserve your space, your non-refundable deposit must be accompanied by a registration form.

Please review the trip fliers below for details.

If you have any questions, please contact me using the information below.

Thank you.

Carla Davenport

UAS Dive Coordinator

Download (PDF, 1.25MB)

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


Tennort family dive trips

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,
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:, 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, or 321-961-7325



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


We have the Philippines trip scheduled for August 2022.


We have the Turk & Caicos trip scheduled for June 2022.


As noted below, these trip(s) 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.


TRIPS HOSTED BY National Dive Center

Coming soon!

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.

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

Midwest Clubs

Western Clubs

Order Form:

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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.