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.

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!

If I close my eyes tight enough I can imagine myself scuba diving in warm tropical waters ...

[02/22/20]   Extra, extra, read all about it ... come with us on our monthly trips to the West Palm Beach area!

#westpalmbecah #SDI #TDI #blueheronbridge

Happy Presidents' Day. We will be closed today.

-- Our Vienna Store will be open tomorrow, Tuesday, Feb 18.
-- Our Sterling Store will be open on Thursday, Feb 20.

Happy Valentine's Day

Happy Valentine's Day from your scuba buddies!

Yes, That Pink Manta Picture Is Real

Just in time for Valentine's Day, The University of Queensland’s Project Manta, has confirmed the pink manta is real!

Click the link below to read more.

#Pinkmanta #Pinkmantaray Is the now-viral photo of the Australian pink manta ray a fake? Despite many claiming photoshop, it is 100% real! So what could have turned this usually black-and-white animal rosy?

We had a fabulous time teaching these amazing young ladies and men from the US Naval Sea Cadet Corps over the weekend!

#usnscc #usnavalseacadets

Maximizing Your Surface Interval - SDI | TDI | ERDI | PFI

What activities on vacation have you tried during your non-scuba diving days?

Hiking, cave-tubing, zip-lining?

Ever tried a voluntourism activity? It’s no secret that with diving often comes traveling. It’s one of the perks of this hobby, seeing beautiful places in ways the average tourist can’t below the surface. But are you making the very most of your dive trips during the time you aren’t in the water? Learn about how you can make t...

🎬🎬🎬Kasai Dive Academy & Technical Academy 🎥🎥

And this is only one of the dive operators/resorts we'll be partnering with on our upcoming trip to the Philippines!

Take a look at our website for more trip details:

The Evolution of CPR Training - Emergency First Response

Ever wondered how the lifesaving procedure we call “CPR” came to be? Click the link below to find out. Ever wondered how the lifesaving procedure we call “CPR” came to be? Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) may seem like it’s been around for ages, but the technique wasn’t finalised until 1960. Even today, medical experts implement changes to improve CPR’s effectiveness; the most recent cha...

Anyone else feeling like this today?

How Shark Diving Can Help Save Sharks - SDI | TDI | ERDI | PFI

Can shark tourism help save our sharks? What do you think? Shark diving is, in many ways, about education and respect. These creatures are wildly misunderstood as fiercely dangerous animals who will attack at any moment. What if we told you that just wasn’t true? What if we told you that diving with sharks could be the very thing that helps save them?

Did you know that as of October 1, 2019, Fairfax County no longer accepts glass bottles and jars in the curbside recycling program?

But, you can still reuse glass containers or bring them to purple, glass-only recycling containers located throughout the region.

Good news, there is a purple container, conveniently located on Mills Road, on your way to our Vienna store location.

For more information about the county recycling change please click the link:

Don't forget about our Phoenix Sale!

Stop by today through Sunday to see our progress since the fire & to enjoy the following deals (at either store location):

1) sign up for any trip and get a travel sunscreen or sting gel for $1
2) sign up for any course over $200 and get a rash guard for $10
3) all total retail purchases over $300 (not trip or classes) get $25 Nautilus gift certificate

Join us this Friday - Sunday as we celebrate our Vienna Store - Phoenix Grand Opening!

Stop by to see the progress we have made since the fire & enjoy the following deals (at either store location):

1) sign up for any trip and get a travel sunscreen or sting gel for $1
2) sign up for any course over $200 and get a rash guard for $10
3) all total retail purchases over $300 (not trip or classes) get $25 Nautilus gift certificate

We hope to see you this weekend! | Sunscreen Safety

What's the difference between chemical and mineral based sunscreen?

What ingredients should you avoid to protect yourself and the environment?

What does SPF really mean?

Divers Alert Network can help shed some light on these questions. Click the link below. Learn how to protect yourself and the environment.

How To Series

Have you seen PADI 's 'How to' series?

Watch the videos to refresh yourself on some basic scuba diving skills.

We can also help you with an in-pool Scuba Review. Contact us for more details.

The PADI 'How To' series features helpful tips as you discover the underwater world. If you've just started the PADI Open Water Diver course, or simply haven...

Clown fish in Fiji!

5 New Year's Resolutions for Divers

What's your scuba resolution?

Wishing you a safe & happy new year! For us divers, a new year means only one thing—365 more days to dive!

We hope you have a happy and safe holiday!

Please note, we will be closed beginning today through January 1st.

Don't miss our Vienna Store Fire Sale starting tomorrow, Friday, December 20 through Monday, December 23!

Everything in store will be 40-60% off!

*The Vienna Store will resume regular business hours on January 4, 2020.

We're in the giving spirit!

There's just 9 days left until Christmas and Nautilus Aquatics has 12 deals to share with you to make your holidays brighter!

Come by or give us a call to take advantage of any of the following:

** You can choose any deal, at any time - but may only redeem one deal per day. Valid through 12/23/19 **

🎄1 item 20% off with the purchase of any other item (20% off item must be equal or lower priced)
🎄2 for $999, pool training and local open water dives (eLearning and trip fees not included)
🎄50% off regulator bag with purchase of new regulator at regular price
🎄50% off finger spool with purchase of Surface Marker Buoy at regular price
🎄$50 off new Advanced Open Water or Rescue Diver course enrollment
🎄20% off flashlights, gloves and line cutters
🎄$50 Nautilus Gift Card with total purchase over $500
🎄Choice of free 5L dry bag or phone dry bag with purchase of any luggage bag
🎄20% off any in-stock exposure protection (includes wetsuit, skins, rash guards and lycra socks)
🎄$100 off any new trip registration (excluding West Palm Beach)
🎄Free snorkel with any mask purchase over $90
🎄50% off any boot with purchase of fins at regular price

Top 10 Books about Diving, Marine Life and Underwater Exploration

Are you still looking for gifts for your favorite scuba diver?

🐙 Click on the link below for a great list of diving related books.

🐠 We offer scuba gift cards and can help you create a scuba wish list for yourself or a loved one.

🐬 And don't forget about our current training special: 2 for $499 scuba pool training until January 30th.

Happy Shopping! Check out some of our favorite books and join the world’s greatest explorers for an underwater adventure from the comfort of your sofa.

Our Confined Open Water students are working very hard this weekend to complete their Classroom & Pool requirements. Keep up the good work!

#nautilusvaclassnpool2019 #nautilusva

Always something exciting going on at Nautilus... last night a small fire broke out in the showroom at the new Vienna location (510 Mill Street)... most of the damage was contained to one wall but smoke and soot now cover everything! Obviously the Vienna store will be closed until further notice... in the meantime we are looking for help to get things cleaned up to get us back up and running! Jason and crew will be at the store tonight from 6pm and tomorrow starting at 10am. If you’re available to come by, we can use all the hands we can get. Grab a broom, a rag or just bring some moral support! The Sterling store is still open and fully operational. Service pick ups from Vienna will be transferred to Sterling and available for pick up after 3pm today, Thursday 12/5

While our Vienna store is temporarily closed, our Sterling store is open for business during regular hours.

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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