2017 BOD Elections

AAUS congratulates the newly elected President-elect Derek Smith, Secretary Jessica Keller and Director at Large, Kevin Buch.  Thank you to all the highly qualified candidates who participated in the election.

2017 Annual AAUS Symposium - Workshops and Room Block Closing

2017 AAUS Diving for Science Symposium, hosted by Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary, September 12-16, Alpena, Michigan.  Some workshops are closing this week and the room block closes Aug 22nd.  Book today!

2017 AAUS Student Scholarships

We are now accepting applications for our AAUS Student Scholarships.  These are scholarships are open to masters and doctoral students using scientific diving as a research tool.  Applications due June 30th!

Kevin Flanagan Travel Award

Elisabeth Maxwell (University of Maine) and Erika Sawicki (AAUS/OWUSS Intern) have been awarded the 2017 Kevin Flanagan Travel Award.  We look forward to seeing them in September!

AAUS Certification Program

It is time for your annual AAUS-ITI Instructor Renewal.  More information here.

Current E-Slate

Curent ESlate is available on the first of every month.  You can access older editions in the resource library under "publications".

Nautilus, Shearwater, Oceanic and Hollis Institutional Pricing

Nautilus, Shearwater, Oceanic and Hollis have gratiously extended their institutional pricing to all AAUS organizations.  Follow the link for more information and access to the price lists.


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2017 AAUS Diving for Science Symposium
    09/12/17 - 09/16/17

Diving for Marine Science and Underwater Archaeology: International Perspectives

A one-day symposium, Thursday, September 21st 2017 held at Flinders University, Adelaide, South Australia.  This symposium aims to discuss and highlight recent trends, barriers and solutions, and practical approaches to safe diving for science and archaeology. Australian and international perspectives are sought and will be discussed within the current context of the current revision to Standards and Regulations in Australia that impact the Scientific Diving community. If you are interested in speaking, please submit a proposed title and abstract (250-word max) by July 1st 2017 to: diving@flinders.edu.au. This symposium is free to attend but advanced registration is required.  More information can be found at


AAUS Scholarship Recipients Announced

AAUS Scholarship Recipients are announced today.

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University of Alaska Southeast Dive Semester

If you are a student interested in fisheries, diving, and marine biology, and would like to round out your studies with a field-based program in Alaska, please join us for a semester of diving in the Spring of 2018 (January 14 - May 5).

You will have the opportunity to work with UAS faculty and become accomplished research divers. Over the semester, you will learn everything from basic dive skills, to underwater rescue procedures, to underwater data collection techniques and you will become familiar with local fish and invertebrate species, and participate in new and ongoing marine-related research projects. Additionally, you will develop skills in basic skiff handling and small engine maintenance techniques, critical to underwater field work.

This program offers you the opportunity to earn certifications as a PADI* Open Water Diver, PADI Dry Suit Diver, PADI Advanced Open Water Diver, PADI Research Diver, AAUS* Scientific Diver, and a DAN* O2 Provider along with gaining experience in cold-water research and field work.

More information at http://divesemester.alaska.edu/ 

Contact Dr. Reid Brewer at 907-747-7799 or by email with any questions.


* Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI), American Academy of Underwater Sciences (AAUS), Divers Alert Network (DAN)

The Antarctica Series

Join Rob Robbins (2016 AAUS Conrad Limbaugh Awardee) in four virtual-reality films that take you on, above and below the Antarctic ice. This film debuted at the Tribeca Film Festival, was featured in the New York Times and will show at Cannes later in the month. This amazing VR experience is just like being there only not as cold!


2018 Rolex Awards for Enterprise

Enterprise applicants must have a vision and a ground-breaking proposal that will help to expand knowledge of our world and improve the quality of life on the planet. Applications must be broadly in the areas of the environment, applied science and technology, or exploration. In addition to demonstrating a spirit of enterprise and leadership, candidates must put forward projects or work plans that have a clear purpose, are original and have the potential for significant impact.  Candidates must be between 18-30 years old at the end of the application period on 30 June. 2017. More information at http://www.rolexawards.com/40/apply

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