Tournament Dates

June 21st 

Sun up tournament starts

4:30pm Weigh-in Prairie Creek grand Pavilion

6:30 Dinner at Prairie Creek Grand Pavilion

7:00pm Mandatory competitor's meeting

Since 1950, the Underwater Society of America (USOA) has hosted a freediving spearfishing competition. This year’s competition will be held at Beaver Lake, Arkansas. The 2016 spearfishing National Championship will be held on June 23rd, followed by the International Championship on June 24th.  A preliminary Big Striper competition will be held on June 21st. Cash and prizes are offered at all tournaments.

Beaver Lake June 23rd 2016

2016 USOA Spearfishing National Championships

June  23rd

7:00am Sign-in

7:30am Competitor's meeting

8:00am Boats can start assembling 

8:30am Travel time starts

9:00am Tournament Starts. Divers may enter the water

3:00pm Tournament ends. All divers out of the water

3:30pm All divers must be at weigh in

Waivers have to be signed before the start of the Big Striper Tournament on Tuesday June 21st

Waivers can be emailed to

or signed in person at the following location and times:

Grand Pavilion Prairie Creek Arkansas

Sunday June 19th from 4:00-6:00pm

Monday June 20th from 4:00-6:00pm

Waiver signing times at Prairie Creek Grand Pavilion     

                         June 19th 4:00pm-6:00pm

                         June 20th 4:00pm-6:00pm

The Midwest dive council is proud to host the 2016 United States freediving spearfishing championship. Our commitment is to run the best possible Championship in a manner that reflects all the core values of the USOA and Spearfishing in general.

June 24th

7:30 Am Travel time starts

8:00 AM Tournament Starts

2:00 Pm Divers out of water travel time starts

2:30 Pm Weigh-in and Prairie Creeks Grand pavilion

6:00 Pm Banquet doors open for drinks

7:00 Pm Dinner starts 

8:00 Pm Awards Ceremony

8:30 Pm Auction

Change in boundry waters 5/17/2016 see rules page