President's Slate

March 2021

I’d like to start this month’s message with a heartfelt thanks to my esteemed colleagues on the Board and committees, our Operations Manager Heather Albright, and the entire Academy for far exceeded expectations for our first ever virtual DSO Orientation, AAUS General Business Meeting, and National DSO Meeting! Our virtual event platform provided the next best thing to being together and we were able to have a safe and productive opportunity to provide updates on the organization and current initiatives as well as facilitate open discussion about several emerging issues the Board would like to address in the coming months. While there is no way to replace the camaraderie (and shenanigans) of a normal meeting, this meeting still evoked similar emotions and situations. I saw tiles with longtime friends’ names and knew I wouldn’t be able to find them at a table, or maybe only got a quick minute to say hi and still felt I wanted more time to catch up. I met lots of new community members that I am excited to get to know better in coming years as well. And just like always, I’m already excited about next year!

The morning after the meeting, Heather was able to get registration info out to all DSOs to gain access to the Scientific Diver Certification course on our new e-Learning platform. We’ve prioritized enrolling students for programs starting classes soon and genuinely hope this resource will help during this difficult time and well into the future. Also, please visit the Accreditation page on our site for detailed information and full materials on this new program. If you’re thinking about accreditation for your organization, now’s the time to let us know! We’re looking forward to providing more benefits and resources as the year progresses, so keep a weather eye on the horizon.

Scientific diving is our community. Be an active part and don’t hesitate to let us know how we can help. I hope everyone is staying safe and healthy!

Derek Smith
University of Washington



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