Dr. Lee Somers

Dr Lee Somers passed away January 1, 2015. Lee was the first President of AAUS, one of the founding directors of OWUSS, and one of the great leaders of the dive industry.  

2015 Conrad Limbaugh Memorial Award

Nominations are now open for the 2015 Conrad Limbaugh Memorial Award for Scientific Diving Leadership. 

Rebreather and Scientific Diving Training Workshop

The National Park Service (NPS), NOAA, AAUS and DAN are sponsoring a Rebreather and Scientific Diving Training Workshop at the Wrigley Marine Science Center, Catalina Island, CA the week of February 16th, 2015. 

Aqua Lung Recall

Aqua Lung to Expand the SureLock II Rubber Handle Recall -  Please see this announcement for more information.

2015 AAUS Symposium Dates

The 2015 AAUS Diving for Science Symposium will be hosted by Florida Keys Community College and held September 28-October 03, 2015 in Key West, FL.  Stay tuned for more information!

AAUS Instructor Renewal 2015

It is time for your annual AAUS-ITI Instructor Renewal.  More information here.

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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AAUS/OWUSS Internship Applications

2015 AAUS/OWUSS Internship

OWUSS is now taking applications for the 2015 AAUS/OWUSS scientific diving internship.Intern applicants must be students from colleges and universities and must have an interest in science and diving. The program runs primarily from mid-May through August and will include training at one of several AAUS organizational member sites. This training will give the intern the necessary dive qualifications to allow participation on research projects requiring scientific diving and introduce the intern to careers that utilize scientific diving as a tool. Once trained as an AAUS-recognized diver-in-training, interns will participate in underwater field work at one or more locations and research facilities associated with the AAUS. The internship will be supported by funding for travel to/from site, room, board, and other internship-related expenses. More information at


To apply, visit: http://www.owuscholarship.org/internships.

AAUS Strategic Planning Retreat
    02/13/15 - 02/16/15

26th Annual Symposium on Marine Archaeology and History of Hawai'i and the Pacific
    02/14/15 - 02/16/15

Call for Papers

The 26th Annual Symposium on Maritime Archaeology and History of Hawai`i and the Pacific will be held February 14-16, 2015 at NOAA Daniel K. Inouye Facility, Ford Island.  Abstracts are due by December 01. Email finney@mahhi.orgor see http://www.mahhi.org/for more information.

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2015 NBDHMT DMT Courses at Aquarius Reef Base

Initial Certification: March 30 – April 3, 2015
Recertification: April 1 – 3, 2015
National Board Exam: April 4, 2015
Aquarius Reef Base, Islamorada, FL 33036
Aquarius Reef Base’s DMT training program provides a focused didactic and practical training that addresses recognition, stabilization and treatment of decompression and other diving-related injuries. These topics represent core curriculum, as does the necessary invasive skills that permit optimal medical management. Additional course content includes decompression procedures, chamber operations, and marine life injuries. All training will take place at the Reef Base shore facility in Islamorada, Florida. This course is based upon a NBDHMT curriculum to include invasive procedures and scenarios that utilize the Aquarius Reef Base on-site 72” hyperbaric chamber and provides an overview of operation of a vessel-based Transportable Recompression Chamber System (TRCS).
NBDHMT DTM Initial Certification Course: $1,100
NBDHMT DTM Recertification Course: $800
Cost includes book and test materials. Housing and meals are not provided, but a group rate has been negotiated at a local hotel. Numerous restaurants are located within a seven-mile radius of the facility.
Registration and Withdrawal Policies
Due to instructor/student ratio requirements, space is limited to eight (8) students.
A 25 percent non-refundable deposit is required to reserve a slot, with the balance due one week prior to the course start date.
Registration forms and documentation required:
• Certified Diver Medic Course Registration Form
• Fitness to Work in a Pressurized Setting Form
• Emergency medicine training certificate or equivalent
Mail all forms and deposit to:
Mr. Roger Garcia
FIU Aquarius Reef Base
85932 Overseas Highway
Islamorada, FL 33036
Withdrawal Policy: Participants unable to attend the scheduled course can have their deposit credited to another course upon receipt of written notice.
For more information, contact Mr. Roger Garcia at 305.664.2916 x207 or garcirog@fiu.edu. 

New DSO Orientation

If you would be interested in attending a one day new DSO orientation in April 2015 in the Northeast, please contact the AAUS office (aaus@disl.org) as we gauge interest in this event.  

2014 Year End AAUS Foundation Update

AAUS Foundation Update

The AAUS Foundation has had a productive 2014, disbursing nearly $13,000 in scholarship funds, including for first place and runner-up awards for both doctoral and master candidates, an Our World Underwater (OWU)/AAUS intern award, a Best Student paper award, and two Kevin Flanagan Student Travel awards. We have also had some fundraising success. Our donation drive at the Sitka symposium raised nearly $6000 for the Kevin Flanagan Student Travel award, bringing the fund to within

$17,000 of the $60,000 required to make this a permanently endowed award. Additional efforts during the Bubble Breaker resulted in more than $5000 raised for scholarships. As 2014 comes to an end, the opportunity to make a tax deductible donation in this year is closing fast. Since every dollar raised in 2014 will be matched by AAUS, the value to the Foundation for any donation will be doubled.  We ask for your support to make the most of this. To donate, go to http://www.aausfoundation.org and click on the 'Donate' button.  Be sure to include a comment if you would like to direct your donation to the Kevin Flanagan award. We are grateful to all our donors and wish you well in the upcoming year.

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