The Underwater Society of America was formed in 1959 as the national governing board for underwater sports in the United Sates. USOA is a member of CMAS, the World Underwater Federation, making USOA the sanctioning body for all underwater sports in the country. As a member of CMAS, USOA sanctions yearly local, regional, and national underwater championships in scuba, free diving, underwater hockey, underwater rugby, fin swimming, and underwater photography. USOA is also eligible to send teams to the World Underwater Sports Championships.
The Society is also a member of the United States Olympic Committee (USOC), the Dive Equipment and Marketing Association (DEMA), and the Diver’s Alert Network (DAN).