We received a nice email here at USIA today, one that filled us with so much pride and joy we just had to share it with you. Quite behind the scenes, with little fanfare or desire for publicity, our CEO likes to donate suits and other equipment to organizations or individuals who work in and around the water. One of those individuals is Katy Newcomer.
Katy is an American Academy of Underwater Sciences (AAUS) intern who is currently in Maine, diving and training with the Our World-Underwater Scholarship Society. She is in the middle of some extensive coursework, studying Nitrox, Scientific Diving, Divemaster classes, and Drysuit training. The drysuit: A USIA Aqua Deluxe.
I’ve been out now a total of seven times in my drysuit! My composite drysuit was loaned to me by USiA for the summer to help acclimate me to the Maine diving temperatures, which believe me are much colder than what I’ve previously dove in the Caribbean and Great Barrier Reef. Skills wise, drysuit training has so far been my biggest challenge. Relearning buoyancy control in the drysuit is difficult but I can absolutely tell the difference in my own comfort in below 50 degree Fahrenheit waters. I’m still working on being comfortable enough in the suit to use it during scientific dives where resting upside-down is highly likely, but hopefully I will be ready to use the suit once these “summer” water temperatures drop back below 45. I’m thankful for the chance to learn to use the suit without the pressure of buying or renting one on my own. Thank you Kim Johns and USiA!!
You are more than welcome, Katy. We at USIA feel strongly about fostering the education, training, and overall love of the sea for young people who wish to pursue maritime careers. So does Our World-Underwater Scholarship Society.
Here’s more about the Society:
“For more than 40 years, the Our World-Underwater Scholarship Society® has provided firsthand experiences in underwater-related disciplines to young people considering careers in the underwater world. Each year, a scholar is selected from North America, Europe, and Australasia to work with leaders in marine-related fields partaking in endeavors ranging from scientific expeditions, underwater research, field study, laboratory assignments, equipment testing and design, photographic instruction, and/or other specialized assignments. Scholars spend a year traveling extensively to gain exposure and get hands-on experiences in activities that will contribute to a well-rounded education.”
We cannot say enough about groups like the Our World-Underwater Scholarship Society, who nurture young minds and bodies, readying them for careers as oceanographers and scientific divers and other maritime professionals. As you may know, the world’s oceans need all the help they can get, and though the future may look bleak, it’s a little brighter in the capable hands of budding experts like Katy Newcomer.