PADI RESCUE CLASS Sep 18-19th, 2021

The Underwater Adventure Seekers will sponsor a PADI Rescue class on 18-19 Sept 2021 at Lake Phoenix, VA.  The class size will be a maximum of six students taught by Vanessa Haigler and Kim Walker.  To participate, individuals must have completed the following prerequisites:
 – Certified as an Advanced Open Water diver
 – Have completed an Emergency First Response (EFR) class or equivalent CPR/First Aid class within two years of the Rescue class date
Those who need an EFR class or renew, Kim Walker will be teaching a class.  An announcement will be forthcoming.  Vanessa Haigler will review Oxygen First Aid for students.  
Attached are forms that need to be reviewed and filled out if you are interested.  Please send completed forms to Kim Walker.  The deadline is 6 Aug 2021 or sooner.  It is on a first come, first served basis.
The course will require students to purchase the PADI Rescue Diver Crew Pack with Pocket Mask and answer the Knowledge Review questions at the end of the chapter (five chapters total).  Amazon has this product for $83, or you can purchase it from a dive shop.  Also, the class requires students to view the Rescue Diver video which we can set up for viewing.
We ask that potential students start getting in shape if you have not been physically active and ensure your scuba diving equipment is operational.
This will be a fun and exciting class that will have many benefits and valuable lessons.  UAS did not have a class last year due to the pandemic and so far, there is significant interest in members wanting to sign up for the Rescue Diver course.  So, don’t procrastinate.
If there are any questions, please contact me.  Thank you.
Kim Walker
President, Underwater Adventure Seekers
(301) 789-4712 cell

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

Pool Openings In the DMV- Time to get Wet!

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


Carla (Dive Coordinator)
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


Meeting Recording:

Access Passcode:   *URcum1a


In collaboration with the NABS Social Media Committee, the initiator of our “Saturday SCUBA Tips,” Aqua Corps has been and continues to offer Live Safety Tips on the last Saturday of each month. It is our intention that we model our STEP objectives (Safety, Training, Education, and Professionalism) for the benefit of our members.

Day: Saturday July 24th, 2021

Time: 14:00 PM EST

Recurring: 4th Saturday of Each Month


ZOOM Information available by request.



Learn about our exciting digital election coming this October 2021
General election and Aquacorp election
Goodbye to paper ballots.
Easy process using a secure digital platform
Call for nominations coming in early August
Stay Tuned!
Topic: NABS digital election information session
Time: Jul 28, 2021 08:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Contact your NABS Representative for ZOOM Information


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


Individual Trips

Upcoming dive trips – Tennort family

The Tennort family has 3 upcoming dive trips.  Below are the details if you want to join them:

Key Largo, Florida, July 22-27, 2021
Hotel: Holiday Inn Key Largo, 99701 Overseas Hwy, Key Largo, FL 33037
Dive Operator: , 305-451-7171
Key Largo Dive Plan:
Fri, 23 Jul – 2 Tank Dive with Rainbow Reef Dive Center
Sat, 24 Jul – 2 Tank Dive with Rainbow Reef Dive Center
Sun, 25, Jul – 2 Tank Dive with Rainbow Reef Dive Center

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

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.

Stay tuned!



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


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

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.

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

Midwest Clubs

-Windy City Seals (WCS) –  Charter Club located in Chicago, Illinois

-North Coast Aquatic Scuba Explorers (N-CASE) – Charter Club in Ohio

Website/Social Media: Coming Soon

-Michigan African-American Scuba Klub (MASK) – Charter Club located in Michigan

-Cincinnati Underwater Explorers (CUE) – Charter Club located in Cincinati, Ohio

Website/Social Media: Coming Soon

Southern Clubs

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.