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)

News and Updates from NABS

Photo Gallery – 2019 Egypt

2019 NABS Summit Photos - Egypt (Photo credits to Byron Small)

Featured Diver

Hailing from Columbus Ohio, 28-year-old Jamil Wilson was mostly raised in the rural parts of central Ohio in a small town called Centerburg. At an early age Jamil learned what it meant to be different and to stand out. As one of the only black families within a 30-mile radius, his mother was not only [...]

Photo Gallery – 2015 Maui

2015 NABS Summit Photos - Maui (Photo credits to Morris Cunningham and other NABS Members)

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