The Real National Association of Black Scuba Divers - NABS

The Real National Association of Black Scuba Divers - NABS African-American certified divers and instructor network that promotes recreational scuba diving, health, education and safety.
Membership to NABS can be made as an individual, a family, a student, or as a lifetime member (see below). Dues are due annually (unless you are a lifetime member), and the dues cover the member from January 1st to December 31st. Memberships information can be found at http://www.nabsdivers.org/membership.html

NABS clubs are divided into four regions within the United States, the western region, the midwest 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. •Western Region: Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Oregon, Montana, New Mexico, Nevada, Utah, Washington •Midwest Region: Illinois, Iowa, Indiana, Kansas, Nebraska, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North & South Dakota, Ohio, Wisconsin •Southern Region: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North & South Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas •Northeastern Region: Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Vermont, Virginia, Washington DC

Mission: NABS mission is to create a network of people and resources that provide educational experiences that enhance and promote an appreciation of diving and an awareness of the aquatic environment. This network will build unity and camaraderie to transfer the legacy to future generations. NABS vision for the future is: •To promote scuba diving, water sports skills, and environmental awareness and conservation. •To help develop educational programs that will stimulate interest and •To provide scholarships for college students studying marine and environmental sciences •To sponsor an annual NABS convention. •To sponsor scuba trips and open water educational experiences. •To serve as a clearinghouse for scuba safety, training, and technical information.

Great 2018 NABS Presidents Meeting!!  A big thanks to the club presidents and members that make is so!!  ONE NABS!!
04/09/2018

Great 2018 NABS Presidents Meeting!! A big thanks to the club presidents and members that make is so!! ONE NABS!!

Jeff, the former NABS president, in retirement mode.
01/28/2018

Jeff, the former NABS president, in retirement mode.

12/02/2017
Thomas

Thomas

Looking to travel from WV to Florida (Fort Lauderdale or Pompano Beach) in Feb to get my PADI AOW cert. Have not decided on a Shop or Center yet any suggestion or recommendations are welcome. Anyone interested in joining in let me know.

Ramon's Village Resort
11/28/2017

Ramon's Village Resort

Ramon's Village has been blessed to host the NABS group this week. What a great group, you will be missed!

Dorian
11/13/2017
Dorian

Dorian

Hope everyone had a great time in San Pedro, Belize. Here is my article on Ambergris Today Online. Thank you!!

Trash collected at Hol Chan Marine Reserve by NABS.
11/10/2017

Trash collected at Hol Chan Marine Reserve by NABS.

NABS Beach clean-up in at Hol Chan Marine Reserve in Ambergris Caye, Belize.
11/10/2017

NABS Beach clean-up in at Hol Chan Marine Reserve in Ambergris Caye, Belize.

Mayan Ruins on Belize
11/09/2017

Mayan Ruins on Belize

Female winner of the Maya Costume contest, Donna Seabrook.
11/08/2017

Female winner of the Maya Costume contest, Donna Seabrook.

Cardiovascular Risk and Scuba lecture by Bruce Mitchell at NABS summit.
11/07/2017

Cardiovascular Risk and Scuba lecture by Bruce Mitchell at NABS summit.

11/07/2017

NABS practicing for the big Ramon’s versus NABS volleyball game tomorrow.

NABS having a great day of diving in Belize
11/06/2017

NABS having a great day of diving in Belize

10/26/2017
Aarón

Aarón

Due of the stigma of drowing and other dangers, the number of certified African American scuba divers is disproportionately low . For that reason, I've decided to incorporate hip-hop/ R&B music with my dive footage. Hopefully through more exposure we can help to remove the stigma of water sports and further diversify the scuba diving scene

10/24/2017
BBC Three

BBC Three

"I'm a soldier, I’m not gonna admit I cry myself to sleep at night."

4 Things I Wish Someone Told Me About Buoyancy
09/24/2017
4 Things I Wish Someone Told Me About Buoyancy

4 Things I Wish Someone Told Me About Buoyancy

Buoyancy is an essential diving skill and life-long practice. No matter what your area of interest is underwater, perfect buoyancy is the key to success.

NABS Member - Mike Maxwell's Passing
08/23/2017

NABS Member - Mike Maxwell's Passing

08/12/2017
The New York Times

The New York Times

Black children drown 5 times as often as white children, according to the CDC. A senior synchronized swim team is trying to help by teaching free youth swim lessons. Watch more #Daily360: http://nyti.ms/2ru0Jzt

Turquoise Bay Resort Roatan Hosts NABS Youth Education Summit - DiveNewswire
08/10/2017
Turquoise Bay Resort Roatan Hosts NABS Youth Education Summit - DiveNewswire

Turquoise Bay Resort Roatan Hosts NABS Youth Education Summit - DiveNewswire

The National Association of Black Scuba Divers Youth Educational Summit (NABS/YES), returned to Roatan, Honduras June 22-Jul 1, 2017 for its “Sea Roatan Experience II” which proved to be a week of discovery and exciting learning opportunities in marine and environmental sciences. NABS/YES youth part...

Alex and Jeff checking the diving conditions on Ambergris Caye, Belize. The summit is in less than 4 months!!
07/22/2017

Alex and Jeff checking the diving conditions on Ambergris Caye, Belize. The summit is in less than 4 months!!

Jeff hard at work preparing for the NABS Summit at Ramon's Village in Belize.
07/22/2017

Jeff hard at work preparing for the NABS Summit at Ramon's Village in Belize.

Charm City Scuba Club of Baltimore, Inc.
07/02/2017

Charm City Scuba Club of Baltimore, Inc.

#NABSYES Doing a beach cleanup at the West End, Roatan, Honduras.

06/22/2017
Go Dive Now

Go Dive Now

Getting certified is simple and fun! Follow these steps to get certified and you can start your underwater adventure in less than 1 week!

03/26/2017

The NABS Summit at Ambergris Caye, Belize is sold out. Thank you to everyone who registered. See you soon!!

Timeline Photos
12/25/2016

Timeline Photos

Timeline Photos
11/24/2016

Timeline Photos

NABS at DEMA
11/19/2016

NABS at DEMA

Jeff and Jo Ann Wade at DEMA
11/19/2016

Jeff and Jo Ann Wade at DEMA

11/15/2016
Valenda

Valenda

NABS #MannequinChallenge in Aruba

NABS Summit in Aruba 2016
11/13/2016

NABS Summit in Aruba 2016

11/12/2016

NABS 2017 Summit will be held in Ambergris Caye, Belize on November 4th to 11th, 2017. Registration materials will be on the NABS website soon, hope to see you there!!

NABS Summit in Aruba 2016. We had a great time!!!
11/12/2016

NABS Summit in Aruba 2016. We had a great time!!!

Diving with Red Sails in Aruba 2016
11/10/2016

Diving with Red Sails in Aruba 2016

Jimmi at the Masquerade Party in Aruba 2016.
11/10/2016

Jimmi at the Masquerade Party in Aruba 2016.

Masquerade Party in Aruba 2016
11/10/2016

Masquerade Party in Aruba 2016

Masquerade Party in Aruba 2016.
11/10/2016

Masquerade Party in Aruba 2016.

Major at the Masquerade Party in Aruba 2016
11/10/2016

Major at the Masquerade Party in Aruba 2016

Charm City in the house!! Aruba 2016
11/10/2016

Charm City in the house!! Aruba 2016

Guess who?
11/10/2016

Guess who?

Masquerade Party in Aruba!
11/10/2016

Masquerade Party in Aruba!

NABS Masquerade Party Aruba 2016
11/10/2016

NABS Masquerade Party Aruba 2016

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20090-1630

General information

The National Association of Black Scuba Divers (NABS) was established in 1991 by Ric Powell and Dr A. Jose Jones. Ric Powell and Dr. Jones were two of the earliest African-Americans to become certified divers, and their collaboration resulted in the creation of NABS which purpose was to foster camaraderie among African American divers, and to address the unique problems and concerns of the African-American community. Since the formation of NABS, the organization has blossomed to over 2,000 members across the country and internationally. Our membership is open to anyone regardless of race, color, gender, handicap, or diving agency affiliation. We are open to all who share our love of the oceans and of the marine world. All who are pledged to protect, enjoy and help to conserve this marine environment with which we are entrusted are also welcomed to join with us.

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I would like to address the recent surveys and questions posed by our new administration. I am just writing now because I am still high from our last Summit in Egypt. In fact, I’m always high after our Summits. Egypt was a blast but Belize treated us like real divers and I mean real divers. Each of my dives were no less than 55 minutes. You talking about learning….man. To this day I am still smiling about the Belize trip too. I’m glad we went from a 4day Summit to 7 days and in Egypt it was 2 weeks for some. I use to travel solo or with my dive shop to scuba dive. As we all know, when you are black, the only black on the boat, we are looked at as an oddity, no one wants to be your buddy except the dive master, you will get left underwater and yes I had skills (my dive shop is not included in this generalization and it is black-owned but the clientele are various). When I joined NABS that never happened again. I’m not sure of the year I joined but I do remember it was the year after the Summit was in St. Thomas because I was warned not to go. To this day I am so glad I did not listen. My first Summit was Cozumel and I was greeted with warmth from Janine White and Toni McNeal; my first roommate was Tara Gauthier. These friendships are still intact even though they no longer attend our annual festivities. I miss them. I cannot say I have had a bad Summit ever. Even when I was not feeling my best I still enjoyed myself. The people, the destinations; even though mistakes were made, it still got better and better. When I go to the Summit, I look forward to the comradarie and a sense of family. Each Summit I learn something from others (i.e, Sujon taught me to get a secondary mask after mine broke on the boat and Jeff taught me to not dive without my snorkel; I do both), about myself, my skills, I could go on and on. I feel the love. Not only that, I've worked under 5 administrations, dove with different clubs, and individuals on the side which would not have happened if I had not joined NABS and gone to all the Summits except one since I’ve been a member. I look forward to each Summit with enthusiasm no matter where because its not the destination but our people, information exchange and the networking. So, when I’m asked how I enjoyed myself and about the destination, I just smile from the inside out and tell them what a wonderful time I had. Thanking everyone for the Love, Michele Dowdy NABS Lifertime Member #178
CONGRATULATIONS to Dr. Anthony Ford as the newly elected #NABSdiver President
ATTENTION PLEASE!! The #2019NABSSummit has 176 people attending this year’s summit! There are 117 divers and 59 nondivers “Returning To The Motherland” This is #NABS first international summit - Congratulations to the #NABSSummit committee on a job well done!
#NABSDivers Awards and Recognition - deadline has been extended to Monday, October 7, 2019 - Please contact Gary McGee for additional information [email protected]
Don’t forget to VOTE! The #NABSdivers ballot is open! Please note that your Vote matters Candidates: #NABS President Anthony Ford Kamau Sadiki Vice- President Andrea Williams Treasurer Brion Gross Recording Secretary Dwayne K. Johnson Corresponding Secretary Christy-Love Jackson For additional information please contact [email protected]
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