We at NUMA pride ourselves on our prompt response time to your letters and phone calls. However, as you know, NUMA is a 501c3 non-profit with no full-time staff. The majority of funding (more than 95%) for NUMA comes from royalties from Clive Cussler’s best-selling novels. In order to keep those funds focused on preserving our maritime history, we have devised this page of commonly asked questions and answers to help reduce administrative overhead for NUMA.

How do I find out about employment opportunities or volunteering with NUMA?

NUMA is a 501c3 non-profit. As such, NUMA has no full-time staff but only uses staff on an as needed basis. The divers who work for NUMA are a trusted and loyal crew that have been with Clive Cussler since NUMA’s inception in 1979. Because ours is a litigious society and searching for ships and planes is more dangerous than one might think, our legal advisers have told us that we cannot use volunteers on our NUMA expeditions. NUMA is a 501c3 non-profit.

NUMA is so exciting and worthwhile a venture, we would like to make a contribution to NUMA?

Thank you for your generous offer. While NUMA does not actively solicit donations, contributions to NUMA may be made by sending a check made out to NUMA and sent to:

NUMA Contributions
National Underwater and Marine Agency
P.O. Box 5059
Scottsdale, AZ 85258

You can also donate right here on our Web site by selecting our Donate option in our Shop area. Click HERE to visit our Shop area now!

In some of the photographs on this web site, there are several pictures of Clive Cussler wearing a NUMA shirt and hat. Where can we purchase one?

Thank you for your interest in NUMA merchandise. We have received permission to provide a limited number of items as bonuses to those making donations to NUMA, a 501c3 non-profit.

I have a question regarding one of the Dirk Pitt® novels. May I send a letter to Clive Cussler?

Please send your letters to:

Clive Cussler
c/o National Underwater and Marine Agency
P.O. Box 5059
Scottsdale, AZ 85258

Will Clive Cussler sign my books?

When new Dirk Pitt® novels are released, Cussler will go on tour to promote his latest novel. You will have the opportunity to have your books signed during those events. Please note that Clive does not accept books via postal mail for signatures.

Why is Clive Cussler killing off Dirk Pitt®?

Dirk Pitt® is alive and well. In fact, Dr. Cussler is hard at work writing the next Dirk Pitt® adventure right now.

I would like to earn a degree in a field that would allow me to some day participate in helping to preserve maritime history. Where do you suggest I go to college?

Domestically, Texas A&M’s Institute of Nautical Archaeology is excellent. East Carolina University has a program in maritime history and nautical archaeology that is also well regarded. The University of Hawaii also offers a Marine Options program that might merit a look. If you are interested in maritime engineering, we suggest the State University of New York (SUNY) Maritime College:

SUNY Maritime College
6 Pennyfield Avenue
Throggs Neck, NY 10465
Voice: (718) 409-7200
Fax: (718) 409-7465

If you are interested in maritime archaeology we suggest that you contact one of the following people at Texas A&M:

Dr. Donny L. Hamilton
Nautical Archaeology Program
President of the affiliated Institute of Nautical Archaeology

Dr. Cemal Pulak
Pre-classical Mediterranean Archaeology

Dr. Kevin Crisman
US Wrecks

If you are interested in marine biology we suggest Scripps College in San Diego, www.scrippscol.edu or the University of Colorado, www.colorado.edu. In addition, Spirit of America is a program based in Ohio that provides training to 12 to 17 year olds interested in our maritime heritage. You may contact them through:

Cecilia Duer, Executive Director
Spirit of America
7455 Tyler Blvd.
Mentor, OH 44060
Voice: (440) 951-5111
Fax: (440) 953-1052