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National Association of Black Scuba Divers (NABS)
History and Mission  

The National Association of Black Scuba Divers, Inc. (NABS) was established in 1991 by a group of veteran African-American scuba divers who wanted to promote and support the sport of scuba diving. From the start, it has been a medium for raising awareness of scuba diving throughout the African-American community. The association is made up of affiliated dive clubs and individual members. Membership is open to anyone regardless of race, color, ethnic origin, religion, sex, national origin, age, or handicap.

Mission Statement. To create a network of people and resources that provides 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 was formed as a non-profit organization for the following purposes:

  • To promote scuba diving, water sports skills, and environmental awareness and conservation
  • To help develop educational programs that will stimulate interest and knowledge in the sport of scuba diving
  • 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

Charter and affiliate clubs are comprised of people with similar interests joining together to network and share their common experiences. NABS members stand to benefit from many services that this organization can provide. Some of the benefits and services NABS provides are follows:

  • Diving with a national network of friends
  • Sharing skills, experiences, and advice
  • Attending symposia and conferences
  • Taking regional, national, and international dive trips
  • Receiving a quarterly newsletter
  • Receiving NABS decals, patches, and sportswear

Black Dolphin Divers
of Richmond
P.O. BOX 23122
Richmond, Virginia
(804) 357-7981

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NABS founders
José Jones, Ph.D., Co-founder
Ric Powell, NABS' first president and co-founder
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