Alex Colvin has unselfishly devoted most of his dive career to helping others become better divers. His training experience started before he acquired his Instructor’s certification. Alex assisted UAS members with their annual club “checkout” as a dive assistant. “Checkout” involves a full range of dive skills from swimming and treading water to ditching and donning dive equipment and practicing stations in the pool and everything in between. The annual checkout culminates in a trip to the freezing waters of Millbrook Quarry in Haymarket, VA for what is equivalent to a recertification of the PADI open water course. Checkout training begins in the month of February and runs for 8 weeks at a local pool. The quarry sessions are over the course of several weekends in the months of May and June. It takes a lot of commitment and dedication by Alex and the other club dive assistants under his supervision. Commitment to the club’s checkout and continuous training is part of what makes UAS a strong club.
Alex has helped instill in members the need to continuously train and to make safety in the water a priority. In addition to serving as UAS Safety Officer for the last 4 years, he has been a member of the NABS Aqua Corps. Alex has proven his leadership abilities and set a high standard for all divers. He has traveled with the club to destinations from the Caribbean to Africa. He can be found at the local pool, swimming lap, after lap, after lap. He is always training. The Underwater Adventure Seekers and the National Association of Black Scuba Divers are grateful to Alex for his dedication to these organizations, their members, and to the sport of recreational diving.
Alex Colvin served as acting Recording Secretary for NABS in 1999. He was elected as President of UAS in 2003. He served for two years 2003 and 2004. Alex was appointed UAS Safety Officer in 2006 and has served in that position since that time. Alex has been a member of the NABS Aqua Corps since 1996.
Alex has truly built on his initial dive certification. He earned his PADI Open Water certification in July 1994. That was just the beginning. Below is a list of his professional certifications:
• Dive Master — June 1996
• Assistant Instructor – April 2000
• Open Water Instructor – July 2006
• Master Scuba Diver Trainer
• Emergency First Response Instructor — May 2003
• Handicapped Scuba Instructor – February 2007
• PADI I.D.C. Staff Instructor – August 2008
• DAN Oxygen First Aid for Scuba Diving Injuries Instructor
• DAN Automated External Defibrillator for Scuba Diving Instructors
• DAN First Aid for Hazardous Marine Life Injuries Instructor
• DAN Automated External Defibrillators for Aquatic Emergencies Instructor
• DAN Advanced Oxygen First Aid for Scuba Diving Injuries Instructor
• DAN Oxygen First Aid for Aquatic Emergencies Instructor