Andrea R. Williams

Washington, DC
Field(s)
Ecology
Evolution
Marine
Position(s)
  • PADI IDC Staff Instructor
Sub Division(s)
  • Biology, Chemistry,Education, French, Coral Restoration, Citizen Scientist
Awards & Accolades(s)
  • Interview with WTOP, Washington, DC local radio, April 2022,
  • DC Scuba Diving Group Sparks Curiosity About Underwater Careers
  • Judge, World of 7 Billion, Student Video Contest April 2022, results announced May 2022
  • Interview with Washington Informer, March 2022, Black Professional Scuba Divers Talk Up Ocean Careers
  • Interview with Outdoor Channel for Tuskegee Airmen Project; aired February 2022, Wardens Honoring Tuskegee Airmen
  • Nominee, Diver Hall of Fame, National Association Black Scuba Divers (NABS), November 2021
  • Panelist, Black in Marine Science, November 2021
  • Guest Speaker, Florida Institute of Technology Scuba Diving Club, February 2021
  • Panelist, Black Women in Ecology, Evolution, and Marine Sciences (BWEEMS) July 2020
  • National Geographic Interview with Tara Roberts for podcast Into the Depths, Episode 1: Trusting, 2020-22
  • Panelist, Black in Marine Science, Diving While Black, December 2020
  • NABS 2019 Diver of the Year, Cairo, Egypt
  • 2018 Photographer of the Year, Aquatic Voyagers Scuba Club (AVSC) NYC
  • Nominee, Diver of the Year, National Association Black Scuba Divers (NABS), November 2016
  • AVSC Certificate of Achievement: Instructor- DEMP, March 2016
  • 2015 Diver of the Year, Aquatic Voyagers Scuba Club, NYC
  • Honorary Aquanaut as Teacher Under the Sea Aquarius 2015, November 2015
  • PADI 5th Anniversary Membership Achievement Award, 2018
About Me

Andrea is an educator, respected leader, citizen scientist, mentor and advocate-recognized across nonprofit industry and cross-cultural communities as a strong relationship manager. Andrea was first introduced to diving 31 years ago. In the last 8 years, she has achieved PADI IDC Staff instructor status, advocates for underrepresented groups and receives invitations to dive in a variety of projects. She is also a DAN Instructor, Coral Restoration Team Leader, and a diver for the Tuskegee Airmen Project. She is a member of Aquatic Voyagers Scuba Club, board member of Women’s Aquatic Network (co-founder of JEDI committee) and National Association of Black Scuba Divers, Andrea is the current vice president of NABS, serving in her second term. In 2019, she was named NABS Diver of the Year in Cairo. She also leads NABS divers as a member of Aqua Corps.