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 November 27th, 2021

Time: 14:00 PM EST

Recurring: 4th Saturday of Each Month


ZOOM Information available by request.

WreckFest ’22 Update (Posted 24MAY2022)

Good Evening NABS Family,

I trust everyone is healthy and keeping themselves and family safe.  I wanted to give you the last official update for WreckFest ’22.  To date we have only (8) spots filled with (14) vacancies. This is very disappointing support for this event.  My hope was to fill up the Olympus boat and have spillover to the Midnight Express.  If we were able to fill more than 75% of the total boats (Olympus & Midnight Express), I was going to bid in ’23 to lock down both the Olympus and Midnight Express to make WreckFest a NABS Mini Summit.  That isn’t looking like it will happen now.  I know with Covid-19 it has had a tremendous impact on diving in general.  I had hoped with the total number of members we have, we would have been able to compensate.  I thought we would have at least (30) people in all of NABS to attend this event.  I was mistaken.  This may be the last year WreckFest will be a NABS event if we cannot get enough to even secure half the boat.  As I mentioned a few weeks ago, the deadline to pay your balance in full is Saturday May 21st.  Presently we have only (8) filled spots and most of those are from NDC.  If anyone is still interested I believe I can convince Olympus to extend us by 1 week if we were to obtain 50% of the balance and pay it by Saturday. That means those who still want to attend will need to pay a minimum of $250 by Saturday.  Olympus Dive Center is a business and has to conduct themselves accordingly, I certainly do understand.  The date we have selected to dive July 9th and 10th is probably the most popular and sought after weekend due to the weather and water conditions during the dive season. This is long before Hurricane season and as a result these dates usually are secured 1 year in advance.  I just wanted to make sure everyone is aware of this.  I know a lot is going on this year with prior dive destinations and commitments which is understandable.  However we are only talking about (14) spots for the entire NABS Family.

I have preached long enough.  I have attached the WreckFest registration form with all the information you need to book your spot and the WreckFest flyer.  NABS Officers & Club Presidents, thank you for promoting WreckFest to your club members and for your support over the years.  This is more than a dive organization this is a family and families take care of each other.

Thank You All Again!

Yours In Diving,

Ray Swann, PADI Master Instructor MI-88129

Nubian Divers of Charlotte (NDC)

NABS Lifetime Member #5

(Cell) 704 965-1997

Individual Trips

Upcoming dive trip – Tennort family

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

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


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.



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


Stay tuned!


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

AQUA CAT  25 March-1 April 2023

Greetings from the Underwater Adventure Seekers (UAS),

UAS is sponsoring a Live Aboard in the Exuma Cays, Bahamas, aboard the famous Aqua Cat from 25 March-1 April 2023.  Please review the attached flyers for information.  Interested individuals need to make their non-refundable deposits NLT 10 July 2022.  For more details, please contact Carla Davenport, UAS Dive Coordinator at (301) 547-1223.

Please share this announcement with your club’s membership.

If any questions, please let me know.   Thank you.

Kim Walker

President, Underwater Adventure Seekers, Wash, D.C.

PADI Master Instructor,  MI-234690

(301) 789-4712 cell

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.