The National Association of Black Scuba Divers (NABS) was established in 1991 by Ric Powell and Dr. A. Jose Jones.

Ric Powell and Dr. Jones were two of the earliest African-Americans to become certified divers, and their collaboration resulted in the creation of NABS which purpose was to foster camaraderie among African American divers and to address the unique problems and concerns of the African-American community.

Since the formation of NABS, the organization has blossomed to over 2,000 members across the country and internationally.

National Association of Black Scuba Divers (NABS)

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News and Updates from NABS

Testimony from Jennisea Whitaker

In 2014, I attended my first NABS summit at the age of 24, making me the youngest diver at the event. Having been a certified diver for six years, I initially felt intimidated by the experienced divers around me. However, the NABS family quickly made me feel at ease and comfortable. Since that first summit, […]

Photo Gallery for NABS 2023 Summit-Cozumel

Photo Gallery for the 2022 Summit in Curacao

NABS 2023 Summit Curacao

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Your donation will help NABS continue its mission and provide valuable opportunities for individuals passionate about scuba diving, including our Youth Summit program.  We are a non-profit, so your donation is tax-deductible.