Dr. Lee Somers

Dr Lee Somers passed away January 1, 2015. Lee was the first President of AAUS, one of the founding directors of OWUSS, and one of the great leaders of the dive industry.  

Rebreather and Scientific Diving Training Workshop

The National Park Service (NPS), NOAA, AAUS and DAN are sponsoring a Rebreather and Scientific Diving Training Workshop at the Wrigley Marine Science Center, Catalina Island, CA the week of February 16th, 2015. 

2015 AAUS/OWUSS Internship

OWUSS is now taking applications for the 2015 AAUS/OWUSS scientific diving internship.  Deadline January 31, 2015

Don't Dive Cold When You Don't Have To

The San Diego Center of Excellence in Diving releases a monograph exploring a research report from the Navy Experimental Diving Unit concerning diving cold.  Read it here.

Aqua Lung Recall

Aqua Lung to Expand the SureLock II Rubber Handle Recall -  Please see this announcement for more information.

2015 AAUS Symposium Dates

The 2015 AAUS Diving for Science Symposium will be hosted by Florida Keys Community College and held September 28-October 03, 2015 in Key West, FL.  Stay tuned for more information!

AAUS Certification Program

AAUS Certification program information and registration forms can be found here.

Current E-Slate

Current E-Slate is available on the first of every month.  You can access older editions in the resource library under "publications".


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AAUS/OWUSS Internship Applications

2015 AAUS/OWUSS Internship

OWUSS is now taking applications for the 2015 AAUS/OWUSS scientific diving internship.Intern applicants must be students from colleges and universities and must have an interest in science and diving. The program runs primarily from mid-May through August and will include training at one of several AAUS organizational member sites. This training will give the intern the necessary dive qualifications to allow participation on research projects requiring scientific diving and introduce the intern to careers that utilize scientific diving as a tool. Once trained as an AAUS-recognized diver-in-training, interns will participate in underwater field work at one or more locations and research facilities associated with the AAUS. The internship will be supported by funding for travel to/from site, room, board, and other internship-related expenses. More information at


To apply, visit: http://www.owuscholarship.org/internships.

AAUS Strategic Planning Retreat
    02/13/15 - 02/16/15

26th Annual Symposium on Marine Archaeology and History of Hawai'i and the Pacific
    02/14/15 - 02/16/15

Call for Papers

The 26th Annual Symposium on Maritime Archaeology and History of Hawai`i and the Pacific will be held February 14-16, 2015 at NOAA Daniel K. Inouye Facility, Ford Island.  Abstracts are due by December 01. Email finney@mahhi.orgor see http://www.mahhi.org/for more information.

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New DSO Orientation

If you would be interested in attending a one day new DSO orientation in April 2015 in the Northeast, please contact the AAUS office (aaus@disl.org) as we gauge interest in this event.  

2014 Year End AAUS Foundation Update

AAUS Foundation Update

The AAUS Foundation has had a productive 2014, disbursing nearly $13,000 in scholarship funds, including for first place and runner-up awards for both doctoral and master candidates, an Our World Underwater (OWU)/AAUS intern award, a Best Student paper award, and two Kevin Flanagan Student Travel awards. We have also had some fundraising success. Our donation drive at the Sitka symposium raised nearly $6000 for the Kevin Flanagan Student Travel award, bringing the fund to within

$17,000 of the $60,000 required to make this a permanently endowed award. Additional efforts during the Bubble Breaker resulted in more than $5000 raised for scholarships. As 2014 comes to an end, the opportunity to make a tax deductible donation in this year is closing fast. Since every dollar raised in 2014 will be matched by AAUS, the value to the Foundation for any donation will be doubled.  We ask for your support to make the most of this. To donate, go to http://www.aausfoundation.org and click on the 'Donate' button.  Be sure to include a comment if you would like to direct your donation to the Kevin Flanagan award. We are grateful to all our donors and wish you well in the upcoming year.

Aqua Lung to Expand the SureLock II Rubber Handle Recall

Two years ago, Aqua Lung recalled SureLock II rubber weight pocket handles because the rubber handles could separate from the SureLock latching mechanism. At that time, we asked you to replace those rubber handles with a revised version that was identified by a raised crescent of thicker rubber material.

Aqua Lung has now seen failures of the revised rubber handles too. While the method of failure is different and much less frequent, we feel that the time has come to take all rubber handles out of service.

In parallel, over one year ago, Aqua Lung designed a new SureLock II weight pocket handle that moved away from rubber altogether. The new design uses webbing to attach the handle to the SureLock mechanism. This web-based handle was placed into BC production in November 2013.

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using their BCs with Sure Lock II rubber weight pocket handles. Bring the pockets to your nearest authorized Aqua Lung Dive Retailer or Dive Center. They will be able to replace your handles for you while you wait, as changing handles is a quick process. The replacement is made under warranty and you will not incur any charges.

This recall is being conducted in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

Consumer Contact - for additional assistance please call (855) 355-7170 or visit www.aqualung.com and click on the Recall Notice.

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