National Diving Safety Officers Meeting 2014

Please submit any agenda items for the 2014 Diving Safety Officers' meeting to Jim Hayward ( by August 30, 2013.

2014 AAUS BOD Elections

The Board congratulates the newly elected Director at Large, Dr. Jennifer Smith.  She will begin her term on January 01, 2015. 

2014 AAUS Symposium

Registration for the 2014 AAUS Symposium ends  August 15, 2014.  Register today!

2014 Scientific Diving Lifetime Achievement Award

We are proud to announce that the winner of the 2014 Scientific Diving Lifetime Achievement Award is Charlie Veron.

2014 Conrad Limbaugh Award

The winner of the 2014 Conrad Limbaugh Memorial Award for Scientific Diving Leadership is Mr. Gregg Stanton.  See more at

AAUS Certification Program

AAUS Certification program information and registration forms can be found here.

2014 AAUS/OWUSS Internship

Follow the blog of the 2014 AAUS/OWUS Intern, Katy Newcomer, as she gets her feet wet at the University of Maine’s Darling Marine Center. 

Nautilus, Shearwater, Oceanic and Hollis Institutional Pricing

Nautilus, Shearwater, Oceanic and Hollis have gratiously extended their institutional pricing to all AAUS organizations.  Follow the link for more information and access to the price lists.

Current E-Slate

Current E-Slate is available on the first of every month.  You can access older editions in the resource library under "publications".


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Fall Migrations Field Camp
    09/02/14 - 09/06/14

The Fall Migrations Field Camp is being offered by Bamfield Marine Science Center September 02-06, 2014. This camp is for anyone interested in the migrating wildlife of Barkley Sound.  Participants will explore marine wildlife through guided nature walks, interactive labs and boat trips. A full itinerary and details available at or call the BMSC Public Education Department at 250-728-3301 ext. 226

2014 AAUS Diving for Science Symposium

2014 AAUS National DSO Meeting

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AAUS Foundation receives $70,000 gift

AAUS received a message from a Florida law firm last year, wanting to know about AAUS in reference to a possible gift to the organization. The timing was important. The IRS had just approved the AAUS Foundation as a 501c3 Not for Profit charitable organization.

William T. Craig, Jr. had the means to do many things and he chose to explore his options throughout life. When he found something of interest, he would dive into it with research, job training and experiential learning. 

Born in Roanoke, VA in 1958, Craig moved to Sarasota, FL in 2003 to help his aging mother. He received a BA degree in Criminology from the University of South Florida in 2010. Unfortunately, he became ill and passed away January 30, 2013.

Preparing his affairs in 2004-2005, Craig looked for underwater research organizations to support and discovered the AAUS web site.  Since the bequest specified only charitable organizations, the trustees determined that the Foundation was appropriate to be included in the trust.  Apparently it was a natural fit. Other beneficiaries include Sarasota County Arts Council, Inc., The Selby Library in Sarasota, FL, the Humane Society of Sarasota County, the Humane Society of the United States, Best Friends Animal Society in Kanab, UT, the Sierra Club Foundation, NASA, and the National Audubon Society, Inc.

Most of the estate issues have now been resolved and checks disbursed to each group. AAUS Foundation will apply the $70,000 toward its primary goals of funding student scholarships and additional AAUS activities.  Dr. Neal Pollock, AAUS Foundation president stated, "We are ecstatic over the generosity of Mr. Craig. It will certainly help us meet our goal of helping students gain experience with scientific diving and the science of diving."

Ms. Jan Miller, Executive Vice President & Trust Officer for Caldwell Trust Company, noted “Bill Craig was a very dear client of mine for many years. He loved science, particularly as it related to animals, birds, the environment, underwater science and astronomy. His beneficiaries were selected as a result of those interests...knowing his funds would be used for scholarships would make him very happy."

On behalf of AAUS and its Foundation: Thank you, Mr. Craig, for your very meaningful gift to the AAUS Foundation Scholarship Program, to help the next generation of explorers.

Journal of Underwater Technology - Now Open Access

The journal Underwater Technology is now completely Open Access and is, at present, free to publish in. As well as all new issues, back issues to 1995 have been made fully available for free download. The journal’s website is  The journal frequently publishes papers that are relevant to scientific diving. 

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