Nautilus Aquatics

Nautilus Aquatics


I left my regulators with you on 28 Feb for servicing. I have left multiple phone messages and one email with over last 10 days to see if they are ready for pickup. No response. Please let me know what is going on. Are they ready? Have your hours changed? A reply to my email would be great.
What do you guys think of the new 360 Camera? Thanks for the test session...I know know it's depth rated to "pool" at least! :)
Leaving Isla Mujeres after a day of fun. Thank you, Melissa and Jason!
Fun time at Isla Mujeres. August 23, 2019
Fun time and lunch at Isla Mujeres. August 23, 2019.
Arriving to Isla Mujeres after swimming with whale sharks.
Swimming with whale sharks. Mexico, August 23, 2019
Mexico, August 23, 2019. Swimming with whale sharks
Whale shark, what a beauty! Unbelievable experience!
Swimming with whale sharks with Melissa and Jason in Mexico was awesome. Thank you!
Voici Bernadette sinking to form a new artificial reef in South Florida, Nautilus Aquatic Instructors Nick and Donna Barrett were on hand to witness sinking and perform the 1st ever Dive on this wreck 25 minutes after the sinking.
Just got back from a dive trip with Jason and Melissa at Riviera Maya. It was so beyond what was described in the brochure. High winds cancelled diving at the resort, so they scheduled extra dives in different cenotes and did extra land tours, including a sunset tour at Tulum. It was the best way to spend a week in warm Mexico while snow pounded Virginia.

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!

Which Dive Computer Do I Get? - SDI | TDI | ERDI | PFI

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. 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.

Aquarium Hires Diver to Cuddle With Lonely Fish During COVID-19

Yet another cool job you can get as a certified diver!

Fish can get lonely too, you know! 🐟 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!

Ocean Animals for Kids - Whales, Sea Otter, Orca, Sea Lion + more

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.**

Six Places Where Oceans, Rivers And Marine Life Have Rebounded During The Coronavirus Pandemic

Start your week off with some positivity.

One of the six spotlighted places is even close to home. 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:

Don't hesitate to contact us with any questions.

Wishing all of those Mothers out there a 'fin'tastic day!

Kids Conservation Zone! | Project AWARE

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:

SEE Turtles 's sea turtle lesson plans at:

NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries 's education section at:

#kidoceanconservation A collection of Project AWARE's resources that are designed for or can be adapted to be used with children.

Help Save Sea Turtles with Divers For Turtles

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: 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.

The Earth is turning wilder and cleaner as people stay home because of the coronavirus pandemic

In a bit of good news, sea turtle nesting is showing positive signs around the world. As people across the globe stay home to stop the spread of the new coronavirus, the air has cleaned up, albeit temporarily.

Scuba Terminology - Say This, Don’t Say That

Take a look at these cringe-worthy terms below.

You don't want "to be that guy or gal" on the boat! 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?

Bring the Ocean to Your Next Zoom Meeting or Hangout

Impress your co-workers by snazzing up your next Zoom meeting with scuba and ocean related backgrounds! Divers around the globe are looking for new ways to stay connected to the underwater world. From ocean documentaries, to discovering your scuba nickname,

Sea Bunny facts: the cutest creatures under the sea | Animal Fact Files

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:

Fishinar Archive Directory | Reef Environmental Education Foundation

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! 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....

Mission Blue

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! 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...

Top 15 Must-Have Scuba Diving Apps for Android and iOS - SDI | TDI | ERDI | PFI

Have you tried any of the scuba apps mentioned in the link below?

What was your experience: good, neutral, or bad? 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...

How to Be a Diver Without Getting Wet

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.

Whale experts launch free, virtual marine biology camp to entertain and inform kids

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! 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!

Social Distancing Scuba

Acutal footage of our instructors practicing social distancing.

What can we say, we love to dive!

#socialdistancing #scubadiving

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.

Thank you for your patience, understanding, and loyalty as we navigate these uncharted waters together!

🍀 Knock. Knock.
🍀 Who’s there?
🍀 Warren.
🍀 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!

#NatilusvaTravel #PuertoAventurasMexico

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

Understanding the Visual Inspection Process - SDI | TDI | ERDI | PFI

I know my cylinder or rented cylinder should be VIPed once a year, so how does that process actually work? 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!

Our Story

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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