efforts and those of Ric Powell
, in Miami, the National Association of Black Scuba Divers
(NABS) became reality in January of 1991.
For more information about the founders of NABS
, check out the Diver's Profiles for Dr. A. Jose Jones and Ric Powell
It is only fitting that our first diver's profile be of NABS
president, Ric Powell
is truly one of the pioneers of diving in the United States and is one of the most knowledgeable and experienced black divers in the world.His
formal training began three decades ago when he
complede the U.S Navy Underwater Swimmers School
in 1962.Since then, he as become a NAUI Instructor (#3479) and a PADI Instructor (OWSI 2934).Ric
has been instrumental in spreading scuba diving to thousands of students who otherwise might not have had the opportunity to learn the sport.He has been an instructor at California State University, Los Angeles; Compton Community College, Compton; Kennedy-King College and Olne-Harvey College in Chicago, IL; and the University of South Florida in Tampa.He also served as a scuba instructor at Club Med Fort Royal in Guadelupe, F.W.I. In addition, Ric has been a member of many scuba clubs, including the Sea Urchins, Chicago; U. of South Florida Scuba Club, Tampa; and the Sub-Pacific Dive Club, Los Angeles in which he was one of the pioneer members.
instructed in the Turn on to Aquatics (TOTA) classes in cooperation with the Department of Recreation and Parks of the City of Los Angeles, which was designed to give the knowledge and experience necessary to safely enjoy the sport of snorkeling and scuba diving to men and women age 15 and older.
Ric's work has not gone unnoticed, for he
has received many awards and letters of recognition for his
unselfish work with inner-city youth and for his
efforts to bring scuba diving to blacks.In 1975 he
was named "Diver of the Year" by they University of South Florida
Scuba Diving Club.
The latest in Ric Powell's many endeavors is co-founding the National Association of Black Scuba Divers
with Dr. A. Jose Jones, founder of the Underwater Adventure Seekers (UAS) of Washington, D.C.Ric
was selected as NABS
' first president at the Association's first symposium held in Washington, D.C. in February of this year.