Standards Update 2017

The Standards manual committee met in August and completed the first draft of a complete AAUS standards manual update.  This draft is available here.  Please review and provide feedback.

2017 Annual AAUS Symposium

2017 AAUS Diving for Science Symposium, hosted by Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary, will be held September 12-16,  in Alpena, Michigan. 

2017 AAUS Student Scholarships

We are now accepting applications for our AAUS Student Scholarships.  These are scholarships are open to masters and doctoral students using scientific diving as a research tool.  Applications due June 30th!

Kevin Flanagan Travel Award

Elisabeth Maxwell (University of Maine) and Erika Sawicki (AAUS/OWUSS Intern) have been awarded the 2017 Kevin Flanagan Travel Award.  We look forward to seeing them in September!

AAUS Certification Program

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

Current E-Slate

Curent ESlate is available on the first of every month.  You can access older editions in the resource library under "publications".

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.


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AAUS Scholarship Recipients Announced

AAUS Scholarship Recipients are announced today.

AAUS BOD Call for Nominations

The 2017 AAUS Nominating Committee is now accepting for consideration nominations of individual members to stand for election for the AAUS BOD

Qualified candidates must be voting members in good standing with the AAUS. The nomination letter (not to exceed 300 words) is best focused on how a particular candidate can contribute to the Academy based on their academic or diving safety contributions, or previous development or not-for-profit organizational governance experience. Please submit your nomination letter to the AAUS Nominating Committee chair, Amy Moran ( no later than March 15, 2017.

AAUS Student Scholarship Applications Due

AAUS Student Scholarships 

The AAUS Foundation awards scholarships to graduate students engaged in, or planning to begin, research projects in which diving is used as an important research tool or studying diving science. The Kevin Gurr Scholarship awards $3000 to a Master program student. The Kathy Johnston Scholarship awards $3000 to a Doctoral student. AAUS may also award additional $1500 scholarships to the second ranked proposals in each category.  The Foundation also grants the Kevin Flanagan Travel Award providing up to $800 for undergraduate/graduate students to attend an AAUS scientific meeting and the Hollis Gear Award that provides up to two recipients with an award valued at $1250, good towards Hollis dive gear and travel monies.  Applications are submitted electronically and all proposals are due June 30. For more information and application instructions, visit,or send questions to the Scholarship Committee Chair at

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University of Alaska Southeast Dive Semester

If you are a student interested in fisheries, diving, and marine biology, and would like to round out your studies with a field-based program in Alaska, please join us for a semester of diving in the Spring of 2018 (January 14 - May 5).

You will have the opportunity to work with UAS faculty and become accomplished research divers. Over the semester, you will learn everything from basic dive skills, to underwater rescue procedures, to underwater data collection techniques and you will become familiar with local fish and invertebrate species, and participate in new and ongoing marine-related research projects. Additionally, you will develop skills in basic skiff handling and small engine maintenance techniques, critical to underwater field work.

This program offers you the opportunity to earn certifications as a PADI* Open Water Diver, PADI Dry Suit Diver, PADI Advanced Open Water Diver, PADI Research Diver, AAUS* Scientific Diver, and a DAN* O2 Provider along with gaining experience in cold-water research and field work.

More information at 

Contact Dr. Reid Brewer at 907-747-7799 or by email with any questions.


* Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI), American Academy of Underwater Sciences (AAUS), Divers Alert Network (DAN)

The Antarctica Series

Join Rob Robbins (2016 AAUS Conrad Limbaugh Awardee) in four virtual-reality films that take you on, above and below the Antarctic ice. This film debuted at the Tribeca Film Festival, was featured in the New York Times and will show at Cannes later in the month. This amazing VR experience is just like being there only not as cold!

Four virtual-reality films that take you on, above and below the Antarctic ice.

Join the 2016 AAUS Conrad Limbaugh award winner, Rob Robbins, as he takes you on a VR tour of the waters of Antarctica. It's just like being there, but not as COLD! This film is featured by the NY Times, debuted at the Tribeca Film Festival and will show at Cannes later this month.…/c…/antarctica-virtual-reality.html

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