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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.
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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
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 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. 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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Standard Competition Rules 2006
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USOA Sports Waiver - Spanish
CLUB SAMPLE BYLAWS
Club Status Report
January 1 New Years Day Holiday
January 4-8 Australian UW Hockey
January 8 Long Island Divers Film
January 18 MLKing
Jr Birthday Holiday
Dallas Dive Show
January 29-31 UW
Hockey/Rugby Regionals Milwaukee WI
February 2 Ground Hog Day
February 6 - 7 North
American UWR Tournament - Islamorada Florida
February 6 - 7 Superbowl
February 14 Valentine’s Day
February 15 Presidents Day Holiday
February 26-28 Our World Underwater Show Chicago
March 4-6 Boston Sea Rovers Show
March 5-6 UW Hockey Universe Event
Key Largo FL
March 10-13 Ocean Film Festival San
March 12-13 Seattle Dive Show
March 13 Daylight Savings Begins
March 17 St Patrick’s Day
March 18-19 Ghost Ships Festival Chicago
March 22-Apr 2 UW Hockey World Championships Cape Town
March 27 Easter Sunday
March 31 Annual Meeting Underwater Society/New Jersey
April 1-3 Beneath Sea Dive Show – New Jersey
April 1 April Fools
April 23-24 Blue Wild Dive Show/Ft Lauderdale Fl
May 5-7 CMAS
General Meeting Rome
May 8 Mothers Day
May 21-22 UW Rugby Event Montreal
May 28+ Pan
Pacific UW Rugby
May 30 Memorial Day Holiday
June 4-5 Scuba Show, Long Beach CA
June 10-12 UW
Hockey Nationals Denver CO
June 14 Flag Day
June 19 Father’s Day
June 20 First Day Summer
June 22-24 Skin Spear Nationals/Fresh Water/
- Beaver Lake Arkansas
July 2-19 Trans Tasman Age Event UW Hockey
July 4 Independence Day Holiday
July 4-11 Wrld Champ’ps Fin Swimming Juniors France
July 31- 2 NASO Summit (Nat Assoc Sports Officials) St Louis
August 5-21 OLYMPIC GAMES !!
September 5 Labor Day Holiday
September 11 Patriots Day
September 15-19 Skin
Spear World Championships Greece
September 17-18 Australian UW Rugby Nationals
22 First Day Fall
October 2 Rosh Hashanah sundown
October 8 Pacific Coast Champ’ps Skin Spear Cambria CA
October 10 Columbus Day Holiday
October 11 Yom Kippur sundown
October 21-23 Dive Scapes Dive Show Calgary Alberta
October 31 Halloween
November 6 End Daylite
November 8 Election Day
November 11 Veterans Day Holiday
November 12-13 UW Rugby Jr Open Event Norway
November 16-19 DEMA
November 24 Thanksgiving Day Holiday
December 21 First Day Winter
December 25 Christmas Day Holiday