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SOCIETY OF AMERICA
The Underwater Society of America was
formed in 1959 by the then existing skin-diving councils; it was composed
of and represented all divers in North America.
It is the public diving organization of the United States. It is controlled
by its executive committee, board of governors and delegates of the member
councils and clubs meeting annually. The Society functions to give national recognition to divers.
USOA Dues $5.00 Increase
Starting January 1st 2018 Annual Dues
will be $20.00
This is the first increase in 18 years.
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WHAT HAS THE SOCIETY DONE?
One of the
main functions of the Society is
education and information - keeping divers, councils and clubs aware of the
issues affecting them.
the Society has been active in
issues affecting divers right to dive, marine ecology, safety, legislation,
conservation and the like. The Society offered testimony opposing a
proposed extremely restrictive California
regulation; as a result, the infamous ‘LA Ordinance’ was not enacted state
wide. Working with the councils, areas closed or restricted to diving have
been opened. USOA has offered
written and verbal testimony to both Congressional Houses and the National
Park Service regarding proposed ‘Wreck Diving Bills.’ The Society has worked with and offered
testimony to the Coast Guard in support of the red and white ‘divers’ flag.
OTHER BENEFITS, ACTIVITIES AND EVENTS
C.M.A.S.: As a charter member of
the World Underwater Federation (C.M.A.S.), the Society is the sanctioning body for underwater sports in the US.
CMAS is headquartered in Rome
where USOA sits on the CMAS Sports and Technical
As a member
of CMAS, the Society sanctions yearly local,
regional and national underwater champion ships in Skin Diving, U/W Hockey,
U/W Rugby, Fin Swimming and U/W Photography. The Society is also eligible and sends teams to the World U/W
The Society is also a member of USOC - United State Olympic Committee, DEMA - the Dive Equipment
and Marketing Association and DAN – the Diver’s Alert Network.
National Championships have been conducted in Skin Diving. Underwater
Hockey started in the US.
in the late 1960’s, and Nationals have been held annually since 1976. Fin
Swimming started with regional competitions in 1985 and National
Championships in 1989. U/W Rugby is played on a regional level.
States National Skin Diving Champions have represented the USOA in all the biennial World
Championships and have placed as high as second.
Hockey Championships are also biennial. In 1984 USOA hosted in Chicago,
IL and hosted again in 1998
In San Jose, CA. The USOA
Women’s teams have medaled often - Silver in 1988 - and in 1994, the Men’s
elite team took Bronze in France.
Competition now includes Masters and Juniors Divisions. 1998 Medals were
Women and Open Masters, Bronze and Masters Women, Silver. In 2002 the US
Open Masters Team took Gold in Canada and again in 2004 and
2006. And the US Women Masters took Gold in 2004. The US Juniors took
Silver in 2002.
the USOA underwater hockey committee started a major Development Program
whose task it is to increase participation, increase the level of play and
increase uw hockey education on all levels.
Swimmers participated at biennial World Championships for the first time in
1986 in Berlin and recently in 2007 in Bari Italy.
A team of fin swimmers represented the Society
at the World Corporate Games in 1988 and 1989. This is a new sport with
World Championships are quadrennial. In 1999 the USOA Men's team participated for the first time at the
Championships held in Germany and again in 2003 in Denmark with both a
Men’s and Women’s Teams.
Anti doping information including banned and legal
substances, and methods and procedures for drug testing are available from
WADA / USADA.
Underwater Sports Awards:
In 1989 the
Society was admitted to the United States Olympic Committee as
an Affiliated Sport.
USOA athletes are also honored with
all sports national champions comprising the ALL AMERICAN DIVE TEAM. Each sport also awards their MAN &
WOMAN ATHLETE OF THE YEAR. There are two Sportsmanship Awards: DAN WILKINS MEMORIAL AWARD for U/W
Hockey Nationals and the CARL JUDD
MEMORIAL AWARD for U/W Hockey Pacific Coast Championships.
SAFETY, CONSERVATION & LEGISLATION
The Society Legislative Director works
with member councils and clubs on issues of diver/diving access and
regulation and is ready to offer testimony and/or support for divers facing
unnecessary or restrictive legislation. Member councils and clubs assist
their state legislatures on matters of access, fish & game laws,
underwater parks, aquatic environment and safety. The Marine Environment
Director acts in a similar fashion advising on matters that threaten
species or the marine/ aquatic environment.
to further highlight the Marine Environment is the annual Ocean
Pals Children’s Poster
Contest. This Contest was developed in 1984 by Beneath the Sea Dive Exposition in New York, and the winning posters are
displayed at that Show each March. This is a contest for grade school
children to heighten their awareness of the dangers to the ocean. In 1988 Ocean
Pals was regionalized, and the US sponsors the Western Regional
the Society has sanctioned four
special awards: The NOGI. The
award is symbolized by statuettes awarded in four categories: Arts,
Sports/Education, Science, Distinguished Service. The NOGI is the ‘Oscar’ of diving and has been awarded to
Jacques Cousteau, Sylvia Earl, Glen Engstrom,
Valerie Taylor, Paul Tzimoulis, Al Giddings, Stan
Waterman and Jack Mc Kenny to name only a few. The Society also recognizes divers at the regional level, The Regional Divers of the Year Award
in the categories of Art, Sports, Education, Science & Service. In 2014 the Award added a category.
Recently, the Society endorsed and became a
sponsor/founder of the new Women
Divers Hall of Fame. Women members Carol Rose, Jana Bradley, Brigit
Grimm, Mary Jo Ferris-Fischer, Linda Gray and Dr. Anne Giesecke
were selected as inaugural honorees.
The Society publishes a biannual
newsletter, Visibility which is a
benefit of membership. Other publications include ‘How to Form a Dive Club,’ underwater sports outlines, 'How To Start UW Hockey' Guide, UW Hockey Referee Manual, an Underwater Hockey Program for Skill
Building in Skin Diving Instruction and rules books for national and
international u/w sports.
The Underwater Society of America provides
liability insurance for its member councils and clubs. Such insurance is
usually required by uw hockey clubs to enable
them to rent pools for play; for skin diving clubs enabling them to ‘stage’
from state beaches and parks; for member clubs for their annual film
festivals and holiday events.
The Society is a dues supported
membership organization. Dues currently are $15/year ($20.00 starting
January 1st, 2018). Membership is open to ALL divers. Membership benefits
include the newsletter, insurance program, credit card and other services.
There are also logo decals, pins, patches, t shirts, special World
Competition logo goods, video lending library and so forth.
membership are also intangible - being a winner in u/w sports competitions,
representing the USA
as World Championships, advising law makers, meeting other divers from
across the nation and the world and being a safe buddy. Members help it all
to come about just by being members. So, join the Society and be a proud member!
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Competition Rules 2006
USOA Sports Waiver
USOA Sports Waiver - Spanish
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Club / Council Status Report
January 1 New Years Day
January 15 Martin Luther King Jr Birthday Holiday
January 26-28 Battle at Altitude UW
January 27-27 Dallas TX Dive Show
February 2 Groundhog Day
February 9-23 Winter Olympics South
February 10-11 CanAm UW Hockey
Tournament Orlando FL
February 14 St Valentines Day
February 19 Presidents Day Holiday
February 17-18 Our World UW Dive Show Chicago IL
February 24-25 UW Rugby NAL
Tournament Montreal Canada
March 9-11 Boston
Sea Rovers Dive Show
March 10-11 UW Hockey Champ’ps
Universe Keys FL
March 11 Daylight Savings Begins
March 17 St Patricks Day
March 20 First Day Spring
March 22 USOA
Annual Meeting New Jersey
March 23-25 Beneath
the Sea Dive Exposition New Jersey
April 1 April Fools
April 1 Easter Sunday
April 10 Passover at sundown – end April 18
April 13-15 Atlantic
Coast Champ’ps Quebec City
April 20-22 H2O Dive Show Tacoma WA
May 5 Cinco de Mayo
May 13 Mothers Day
May 16 Ramaden
May 28 Memorial Day Holiday
TBA Skin Spear
National Championships St Pete FL
8-10 UW Hockey
Nationals Denver CO
9-10 Fresh Water
Spearfishing Lake Powell NV
14 Flag Day
17 Fathers Day
21 First Day
14-21 Wrld Champ’s Fin Swimming Belgrade
19-28 WrldChamp’s UW Hockey Quebec City
29-31 NASO Summit
(Nat Assoc Sports Officials)
3 Labor Day Holiday
6-10 Skin Spear World
10 Rosh Hashanah sundown
11 Patriot Day
19 Yom Kippur sundown
21 First Day Fall
30 Yom Kippur - sundown
4 End Daylite Savings
6 Election Day
11 Veterans Day
14-17 DEMA Dive Show
Champ’ps Jr UW Rugby Germany
22 Thanksgiving Day
21 First Day Winter
25 Christmas Day
31 New Years Eve