We’re a full-service scuba shop providing quality training & excellent dive equipment to our NOVA community.
For your convenience we have TWO locations: 214 Dominion Road NE, Vienna VA 22180 and 1102 W. Church Rd, Sterling VA 20164. We specialize in providing families and individuals fun, affordable, quality scuba training from beginner to Master Instructor. We are a PADI (Professional Association of Dive Instructors) 5-Star IDC and TecRec Training Center. Our friendly and professional staff is here to help with any scuba diving needs, while our top-notch instructional staff provides all levels of training - from Open Water Diver thru PADI Master Instructor to Extended Range Technical Diving.
Starting today, Nautilus Aquatics will be open with limited regular hours on Friday, Saturday and Monday from 11 am - 6 pm and on Sunday from 12 pm - 4 pm for sales and course registrations. We will continue to be available by appointment on Tuesday and Thursday until further notice.
Opening comes with a new set of guidelines, but we've been preparing the store for our imminent return. We’ve been cleaning and disinfecting and tuning and sterilizing equipment. We are ready and eager to help you with all of your scuba diving needs.
As a reminder on current health recommendations:
💦 Maximum of 10 customers in the store at a time
💦 Maintain at least 6' or 2m of physical distance between yourself and our employees or other customers
💦 Please wear a face covering at all times while in the store
💦 If you are feeling ill, please stay home
We couldn’t do this without your loyalty and support, so thank you for walking through this time of distance and isolation with us! And thank you for your patience, understanding, and loyalty as we navigate these uncharted waters together!
Have you been considering buying or upgrading your computer?
Take a look at the article below to familiarize yourself with some of your options. Then let us help you make the best decision for you and the type of diving you'll be doing.
tdisdi.com Are you a new diver looking to purchase your first dive computer? First off, congrats and welcome to the wonderful world of scuba diving. Second, we’re breaking down everything you need to know about buying a dive computer: the different types, what to look for and so much more.
Yet another cool job you can get as a certified diver!
Fish can get lonely too, you know! 🐟
sportdiver.com The Cairns Aquarium in Queensland, Australia, recently hired a third diver to increase human interaction with fish that have shown signs of loneliness amid COVID-19.
*Physical Stores Reopening Soon*
Starting 5 June, Nautilus Aquatics store locations will be open with limited regular hours on Friday, Saturday, and Monday 11 am - 6 pm and Sunday 12 pm - 4 pm for sales and course registrations.
Local pools are scheduled to reopen around 20 June. We hope to resume in-water classes by the end of June.
Rescheduling of courses will be done in order of cancellation. Direct emails with all options available will be sent once we have confirmed dates with the pools.
We will continue to be available by appointment Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday until further notice.
We are looking forward to seeing you all again soon!
From all of us at Nautilus Aquatics we wish you a safe and Happy Memorial Day!
Inspire the little ones in your life to love 'Ocean Animals' as much as you do! Show them the video below!
Did you know almost 3/4 of the Earth is covered by oceans? The biggest ocean is called The Pacific Ocean. There are many amazing animals that live in the Pac...
These times have allowed many of us to reflect on our lives. After careful thought and much reflection we have decided to sell the business.
We have immensely enjoyed working with and teaching all of our staff and customers, have dear memories traveling the globe in search of scuba adventure, and are proud of what we have helped to build in the NoVA scuba community. Yet, we believe the time has come to pass along the scuba torch to new owners with the passion and desire to continue our success. In doing so, we hope to focus on our family and move into the next chapter of our lives.
If you have also been reflecting on your life, are in need of a change (or know someone who is), contact us today to start living the dream like we have for the past 12 years.
Contact Melissa at [email protected]. Serious inquires only please.
**This is not a going out of business announcement. We will still be operating as normal once the COVID-19 restrictions begin to lift in June.**
Start your week off with some positivity.
One of the six spotlighted places is even close to home.
forbes.com The world's oceans, rivers and waters have rebounded during the COVID-19 lockdown. Here are six areas where the resurgence has been most dramatic.
Don't miss out!
PADI is still offering a 25% discount on the following PADI eLearning courses until 31 May 2020: Open Water, Advanced Open Water, Enriched Air Nitrox, Rescue, Digital Underwater Photography, Scuba Tune-up, Dive Theory and Divemaster.
You'll have a year to complete your course related classroom, pool, and/or open water sessions and we'll be here to help when things begin to ramp back up again!
Click the following link to get started: https://shop.padi.com/catalog?lang=en
Don't hesitate to contact us with any questions.
Wishing all of those Mothers out there a 'fin'tastic day!
Parents and teachers, are you looking for something a little different to incorporate into your current lesson plans?
Take a look at these #oceanconservation resources for kids:
Project AWARE 's Kids Conservation Zone at: https://www.projectaware.org/publication/kids-conservation-zone
SEE Turtles 's sea turtle lesson plans at: https://www.seeturtles.org/lesson-plans
NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries 's education section at: https://sanctuaries.noaa.gov/education/fun/
projectaware.org A collection of Project AWARE's resources that are designed for or can be adapted to be used with children.
We are proud #DiversForTurtles partners. In fact, we were the first dive shop to participate in this unique and dynamic program.
Watch the video below to learn how you, as a driver, can help protect sea turtles.
And if you are interested in diving deeper into how bad the global tortoiseshell trade is, read the SEE Turtles and #TooRareToWear full report at: https://www.tooraretowear.org/report
https://www.diversforturtles.com/ Divers For Turtles helps divers learn about sea turtles and how to protect them. Get diving tips, help save some baby turtl...
Happy #FishID Friday!
Can you name all of these ocean creatures?
Comment below with your guesses.
📷s courtesy of George from our Fiji 2019 trip.
In a bit of good news, sea turtle nesting is showing positive signs around the world.
chicagotribune.com As people across the globe stay home to stop the spread of the new coronavirus, the air has cleaned up, albeit temporarily.
Take a look at these cringe-worthy terms below.
You don't want "to be that guy or gal" on the boat!
blog.padi.com Here’s how to properly speak scuba.
Happy Earth Day to all of our Ocean Ambassadors out there!
While this Earth Day may look a little different than others in the past, you can still make a difference. Every little bit helps, from picking up a piece of trash, planting greenery, recycling and reducing your waste, shopping sustainably, to starting a worldwide eco-friendly movement!
What are you doing today to show the Earth a little love?
I spy with my little eye ______ that doesn't belong in the sea.
Ready? Go! Comment below.
We expect the waters to be pretty busy once lockdown is over.
But there's one thing that's in the ocean that shouldnt be. Can you spot it?
Impress your co-workers by snazzing up your next Zoom meeting with scuba and ocean related backgrounds!
blog.padi.com Divers around the globe are looking for new ways to stay connected to the underwater world. From ocean documentaries, to discovering your scuba nickname,
Hippity Hoppity Easter 'Sea' Bunny! Slugging all around!
Wishing you and yours a joyous spring season!
On this episode of Animal Fact Files discover what some people would consider some of the cutest sea slugs around (but really they're all cute, let's be hone...
Fourth Element has posted free downloadable printables of ocean creatures. They are perfect for keeping the little ones entertained for a while.
Or you can enjoy some adult coloring time. Research shows coloring can reduce stress and improve motor skills, vision, sleep, and focus.
You can find the full size versions at: https://bit.ly/2V6EoEI
Tired of watching TV? Missing scuba? We have a great solution for you!
Try a Fishinar or 10 produced by #REEF at the link below.
Just think, the next time you dive, you'll be able to identify way more fish!
reef.org Below is a list of all Fishinars REEF has offered to date. To view archived recordings and cheatsheets from these sessions, click on the name of the Fishinar, or click on the Fishinar Archive button and search for the session of interest. You must be logged in as a REEF member to view the recording....
Have you visited Mission Blue's YouTube Channel?
Click the link below to take a virtual trip to Hope Spots around the globe with Dr. Sylvia Earle!
youtube.com Mission Blue was inspired by Dr. Sylvia Earle's 2009 TED Prize wish and is a global coalition focused on increasing ocean protection and restoring the health...
Have you tried any of the scuba apps mentioned in the link below?
What was your experience: good, neutral, or bad?
tdisdi.com There’s an app for everything these days, so it may come as no surprise that there are plenty of apps out there made just for scuba divers. We want to help you find the right one, so we did the work and gathered the top 15 scuba diving apps for Android and iOS. These apps can do everything from he...
What other creative ways can you think of "to be a diver without getting wet"?
Let us know if you are interested in taking any on-line scuba or freediving course work. We'd be happy to help you get started.
Are you looking for more educational and kid-friendly activities?
Tune in on Thursdays (and Mondays) at 2 p.m. for free, virtual marine biology camp!
geekwire.com The scientists running Seattle-based Oceans Initiative more typically apply their marine mammal expertise to research on endangered orcas or conservation of white-sided dolphins in Washington’s Puget…
Have you been fortunate enough to dive with one of these majestic and wild looking creatures?
Thanks to George M., on our recent trip to the Bahamas aboard the Aqua Cat, we can share this beautiful hammerhead with you!
Who's the best dive guide ever? ... Melissa, of course!
Acutal footage of our instructors practicing social distancing.
What can we say, we love to dive!
We hope you and yours are staying safe in these uncertain and unprecedented times.
Please click on the following link for our latest procedure and policy changes and check back for future updates. https://nautilusva.com/covid-19-response/
Thank you for your patience, understanding, and loyalty as we navigate these uncharted waters together!
🍀 Knock. Knock.
🍀 Who’s there?
🍀 Warren who?
🍀 Warren any green today?
Sending you a bit of luck and wishing you a Happy St. Patrick's Day! Cheers!
Way to go Gentlemen! Our advanced open water and open water students are finishing up their training with Jason in sunny and warm Mexico!
We had a busy and exciting weekend in the classroom and in the pool last weekend. Check out our Open Water and Discover Scuba Diving Students!
We are 'gearing' up for another classroom and pool fun filled teaching weekend!
Get ready for summer fun!
Introducing more classroom & pool sessions for March and April.
Check out our website calendar for existing classes AND we'll be running additional classes out of our Sterling store location with pool sessions at the Dulles South Recreation and Community Center on March 14th & 15th; March 28th & 29th; April 11th &12th; and April 25th & 26th.
Call us today to sign-up for training!
Don't miss out!
Direct flights next week from DC to Cancun, MX for only $400!
We still have availability on our upcoming trip to Puerto Aventuras! It's a great trip to get Open Water certified or to complete your Advanced Open Water training!
#NautilusvaTravel #PuertoAventurasMexico #Mexico
I know my cylinder or rented cylinder should be VIPed once a year, so how does that process actually work?
tdisdi.com As tank owners, we get a visual inspection every 12 months (usually when we take the tank in for a fill and a shop employee notices that the tank is out of inspection). It may be something that we rarely think about, but it’s an important part of being a safe diver. We are going to break down the ...
Happy Leap Year Day!
Hop into either store location for great scuba equipment, training, and more!
Ever since we first explored the beautiful worlds that exist underwater, we’ve encouraged others to experience it for themselves. Here at Nautilus Aquatics, you'll find a family-run, full-service scuba shop with all the training and gear needed to dive into the aquatic worlds we’ve fallen in love with. After all, scuba diving is for everyone. With our expert instruction and range of trusted products, you’ll be ready to enjoy the water yourself in no time.
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