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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 still 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.
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 Committee.
As a member
of CMAS, the Society sanctions yearly local,
regional and national underwater champion ships in Scuba, Free 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 Sports Championships.
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 and Scuba 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. Underwater Photography competitions such as the
Beach Photo Championships were first held in 1987 and ‘mail in’
competitions have been held. 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 building
World Championships are quadrennial. In 1999 the USOA Men's team participated for the first time a the Championships held in Germany
and again in 2003 in Denmark.
Photography Championships were first held in Spain in 1987. USOA has sent teams to each
biennial competition, placing in the top 10 at the 1994 Championships in South Korea.
USOA u/w photographers did well
at the biennial ‘50 Judges World Competition’ last held in 1999
taking a Bronze.
information including banned and legal substances, and methods and
procedures for drug testing are available from WADA.
Underwater Sports Awards:
In 1989 the
Society was admitted to the United States Olympic Committee as
an Affiliated Sport. The first opportunity for Olympic competition may come
in 2002 in Greece
for Fin Swimming. Each year the USOA
nominates the MAN AND WOMAN ATHLETE
OF THE YEAR AWARD winners to USOC.
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
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 Competition - 7 western states and US Trust Territories.
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.
Recently, the Society endorsed and became a
sponsor 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 quarterly
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. 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
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
Download USOA Sports Waiver - Spanish
June 7-8 Long
May 7-8 White
Nights UW Rugby Russia
May 7 Chicago
UW Hockey Tournament
June 14 Flag Day
June 14-15 Montreal UW Rugby Event
June 14 Rocky
Mt Spear Meet Starvation UT
June 15 Fathers Day
June 20 USOC
Olympic Day – Modesto
June 18-21 UnderSea Hyperbaric Medical Society Meeting St Louis MO
June 21 First Day Summer
June 21 Golden
Fin UW Hockey Ottawa
June 27-29 UW Hockey National
June 28 Blue
Water Meet – LA Neptunes
June 28-29 UW Rugby Event Austria
July 4 Independence Day Holiday
July 6-11 Trans Tasman UW Hockey Age Event Wellington NZ
July 12 Rocky Mt Spear Meet Starvation UT
July 26 Barcelona
UW Rugby Event
27-29 NASO Summit
August 1-3 Mens
UW Hockey Wrld Team Try Outs – Milwaukee
August 1-3 Womens
UW Hockey Training Camp – Milwaukee
August 5 National Skin Spearfishing
Meeting – Kona Hawaii
August 7 Skindiving Spearfishing National Championships Kona HI
August 8-9 Monterey Shoot Out UW Photo Competition
August 15-17 Fresh Water Nationals South Dakota
August 20-23 UW Hockey Juniors Tournament Wales
August 30 Rocky Mtn Spear Meet Fish Lake
September 1 Labor Day Holiday
September 6-7 End of Summer UW Hockey Tournament Orlando
September 11 Patriots Day
September 20 National Beach
Clean Up Day
September 23 First Day of Fall
September 24 Rosh Hashanah begins sunset
September 26-27 Pac
Las Vegas NV (Fri-Sat)
October 3 Yom Kippur begins sunset
October 4 UW Rugby Event Brantford
October 4 Pac Coast
Champ’ps Skin Spearfishing
October 13 Columbus Day Holiday
October 18-19 Second Try Outs Mens
UW Hockey Wrld Team TBA
October 26-11/2 Skindiving Spearfishing
World Championships Peru
October 31 Halloween
November 2 Daylight Savings ends
November 4 Election Day
November 11 Veterans Day Holiday
November 19-22 DEMA Las Vegas
November 20-23 Manila
UW Hockey Invitational
November 27 Thanksgiving Day Holiday
December 5-7 Final Try Outs Mens
UW Hockey Wrld Team TBA
December 7 Pearl
December 16 Hanukkah begins sunset
December 21 First Day Winter
December 24 Hanukkah ends sunset
December 25 Christmas Day Holiday