Nautilus Aquatics

Nautilus Aquatics We’re a full-service scuba shop providing quality training & excellent dive equipment to our NOVA community. For your convenience we have TWO locations: 510 Mill St NE, Vienna VA 22180 and 1007A Ruritan Cir, 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.

Operating as usual

Just finished another fantastic weekend of #scuba diving in the Frederickburg Quarry.  Congratulations to our newest Ope...
09/06/2021

Just finished another fantastic weekend of #scuba diving in the Frederickburg Quarry.

Congratulations to our newest Open Water divers: Charity, Genevieve, Kevin, and Teresa. And our newest Dry Suit Diver: Tim. Well Done! What an awesome accomplishment! See you in the water and around the shop!

#scubadiving #nautilusva

Happy Labor Day!
09/06/2021

Happy Labor Day!

Happy Labor Day!

09/03/2021

"Giant" Stride into your holiday weekend with style!

Can an apple a day keep the 'dentist' away?You've probably heard that maintaining physical fitness is an important part ...
09/01/2021
ASK DAN: How Does Oral Health Impact Diving?

Can an apple a day keep the 'dentist' away?

You've probably heard that maintaining physical fitness is an important part of scuba diving. But have you given much thought to how oral heath can impact diving?

The short article below provides insight into why it is important to maintain oral health. Like most scuba training, many potential issues can be eliminated with a little prevention and planning.

Poor oral health can cause serious problems for a diver. Like so many other aspects of diving, prevention is key.

We are asked all of the time if the entire Open Water Certification course must be completed in the NOVA area. While we ...
08/31/2021
Learn to Scuba Dive with a PADI Open Water Referral

We are asked all of the time if the entire Open Water Certification course must be completed in the NOVA area.

While we can absolutely help you complete it all close to home, we can also offer you an Open Water Referral packet.

Click on the link below for more details. If you have remaining questions give us a call.

A PADI Open Water referral allows you to start your scuba training at home and finish your certification dives anywhere in the world.

A job well done to all of the students in our August 14th pool classes!Practicing neutral buoyancy is an ongoing process...
08/29/2021

A job well done to all of the students in our August 14th pool classes!

Practicing neutral buoyancy is an ongoing process for every diver. Check out our students achieving neutral buoyancy with ease!

#scuba #neutralbuoyancy

What do you think is a potential mistake divers make? Click the link below and download Divers Alert Network Smart Guide...
08/26/2021
7 Mistakes Divers Make & How to Avoid Them - Divers Alert Network

What do you think is a potential mistake divers make?

Click the link below and download Divers Alert Network Smart Guide to Safe Diving to answer this question and learn how to easily avoid some scuba mishaps.

Boost your dive skills and become a smarter, safer diver by avoiding these seven common mistakes, from neglecting personal fitness to running out of air.

08/23/2021

Hello Monday. Wishing you a shark'tactual week.

While this year, Hawaii banned the sale and distribution of sunscreens that contain oxybenzone and octinoxate we still c...
08/21/2021
Thailand bans coral-harming sunscreens - SCUBA News

While this year, Hawaii banned the sale and distribution of sunscreens that contain oxybenzone and octinoxate we still can do better by taking a look at countries leading the way.

Recently, Thailand joined the island nation of Palau, in banning sunscreen products containing all of these environmentally harmful ingredients: octinoxate, oxybenzone, 4-methylbenzylid camphor and butylparaben.

Thailand has banned several sunscreen products from the country’s national marine parks. These contain chemical compounds proven to be harmful to

Have you ever taken an Emergency First Response training course? Has it been a long time since you refreshed your CPR an...
08/19/2021
Adequate Care Provided is Better than Perfect Care Withheld - Emergency First Response

Have you ever taken an Emergency First Response training course? Has it been a long time since you refreshed your CPR and/or Basic First Aid skills?

Do any of these common fears resonate with you? Don't worry, we can help you overcome them and feel confident in providing care should an emergency situation arise.

Let's examine some of the reasons people don’t take action, and why imperfect care is better than no help at all.

Reviewing your #scuba skills is a safe and fun way to shake off any pre-trip jitters or to continue to work on mastering...
08/16/2021

Reviewing your #scuba skills is a safe and fun way to shake off any pre-trip jitters or to continue to work on mastering dive skills in a control environment.

Our class on Sunday, August 8th did a fabulous job working on skills. No mask, no problem; awesome job team!

We agree with all of these values to live and dive by. Can you think of any other scuba lessons learned along the way?
08/15/2021
6 Values to Live and Dive By - SDI | TDI | ERDI | PFI

We agree with all of these values to live and dive by.

Can you think of any other scuba lessons learned along the way?

These values extend so much further than just diving. These values can be applied to many different aspects of life. Being a well rounded, respectable diver will pay off in much larger experiences and even a clearer mindset.

Have you had this experience too? 😂
08/13/2021

Have you had this experience too? 😂

Have you had this experience too? 😂

Another fabulous weekend of #scuba training at the Fredericksburg Quarry in the books.Congratulations Michael, Isaiah, J...
08/10/2021

Another fabulous weekend of #scuba training at the Fredericksburg Quarry in the books.

Congratulations Michael, Isaiah, Joann, Terry, Joe, & Nabil! Great job this weekend! See you around the shop!

#scubadiving #nautilusva

As the 2020 Olympics wind down today, we continue to celebrate a few Olympians diving in to help save our oceans!#Olympi...
08/08/2021
Olympians Diving in to Save the Ocean

As the 2020 Olympics wind down today, we continue to celebrate a few Olympians diving in to help save our oceans!

#Olympics2020 #olympics2021tokyo

These olympians saving the ocean are all diving in as PADI Torchbearers, scuba divers and freedivers. Read their impressive stories here.

Why did the stingray have a chat with the scuba diver?...He wanted to have a manta-man talk! 😂...We hope you have a whal...
08/06/2021

Why did the stingray have a chat with the scuba diver?
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He wanted to have a manta-man talk! 😂
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We hope you have a whale of a weekend!

#scubajokes #mantajokes #stingrayjokes #scubadiving #scuba

Why did the stingray have a chat with the scuba diver?
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He wanted to have a manta-man talk! 😂
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We hope you have a whale of a weekend!

#scubajokes #mantajokes #stingrayjokes #scubadiving #scuba

Our students worked hard to complete all of their confined open water skills last weekend AND had some fun along the way...
08/05/2021

Our students worked hard to complete all of their confined open water skills last weekend AND had some fun along the way! Great job! Keep up the good work!

#confinedopenwater #scuba #scubadiving

Life is better with scuba friends!#westpalmbeach #nautilusvatravel #nautilusva #westpalmbeachjuly2021 #westpalmbeach2021
08/03/2021

Life is better with scuba friends!

#westpalmbeach #nautilusvatravel #nautilusva #westpalmbeachjuly2021 #westpalmbeach2021

Life is better with scuba friends!

#westpalmbeach #nautilusvatravel #nautilusva #westpalmbeachjuly2021 #westpalmbeach2021

While the entire process will take millions of years, SDI TDI ERDI PFI  offers an interesting thought experiment on the ...
07/30/2021
Best Cities to Scuba Dive Through When the Polar Ice Caps Melt - SDI | TDI | ERDI | PFI

While the entire process will take millions of years, SDI TDI ERDI PFI offers an interesting thought experiment on the Best Cities To Scuba Dive.

What other cities can you imagine diving through?

Climate change is always a hot topic of discussion and for that, we have a fun article about where you could scuba dive when all of the polar ice caps melt. From London to Hong Kong and New Orleans to Mumbai, there are lots to explore!

PADI offers 7 ways scuba divers are similar to astronauts and we'll suggest #8: We look extremely cool all suited up for...
07/27/2021
7 Ways Exploring the Ocean Is Like Exploring Outer Space

PADI offers 7 ways scuba divers are similar to astronauts and we'll suggest #8: We look extremely cool all suited up for our next adventure!

What other similarities do you see between ocean and space exploration?

As a scuba diver you actually have a lot more in common with astronauts that explore outer space than you might think.

Over the years, we have welcomed a wide variety of professional staff members to our team. As life goes, some move away ...
07/25/2021

Over the years, we have welcomed a wide variety of professional staff members to our team. As life goes, some move away to other cities, states, or even countries, but we always love to keep in touch.

We are excited for Tom Simmons, a previous scuba instructor with Nautilus Aquatics, on the launch of his new novel. We'll let him explain a bit more below.

"How does a scuba instructor from northern Virginia end up in Key Largo? Well, it’s a story with many twists and turns. First, I got some great teaching experience at Nautilus Aquatics, working with a fabulous team and developing my skills. In 2018, I sold everything I owned except my computer, my clothes and my dive gear, and moved into a 347-square-foot furnished apartment in Key Largo to begin my new life as a full-time scuba instructor.

After a couple of years, I felt I had some stories to tell! Mostly, I wanted to tell a story that would be authentic for experienced divers and “de-mystifying” for people who have never dived but always been intrigued. With that in mind, some characters invented themselves and a plot developed out of their actions and A Death In The Keys came into being.

I hope that readers will feel they are present in the diving scenes and be engaged by the characters, who are trying to work their way through life’s issues while struggling with an accidental death that may not be an accident.

Link directly to the book page here: https://amzn.to/3hO0OX And thank you for your interest!"

- Tom Simmons

Over the years, we have welcomed a wide variety of professional staff members to our team. As life goes, some move away to other cities, states, or even countries, but we always love to keep in touch.

We are excited for Tom Simmons, a previous scuba instructor with Nautilus Aquatics, on the launch of his new novel. We'll let him explain a bit more below.

"How does a scuba instructor from northern Virginia end up in Key Largo? Well, it’s a story with many twists and turns. First, I got some great teaching experience at Nautilus Aquatics, working with a fabulous team and developing my skills. In 2018, I sold everything I owned except my computer, my clothes and my dive gear, and moved into a 347-square-foot furnished apartment in Key Largo to begin my new life as a full-time scuba instructor.

After a couple of years, I felt I had some stories to tell! Mostly, I wanted to tell a story that would be authentic for experienced divers and “de-mystifying” for people who have never dived but always been intrigued. With that in mind, some characters invented themselves and a plot developed out of their actions and A Death In The Keys came into being.

I hope that readers will feel they are present in the diving scenes and be engaged by the characters, who are trying to work their way through life’s issues while struggling with an accidental death that may not be an accident.

Link directly to the book page here: https://amzn.to/3hO0OX And thank you for your interest!"

- Tom Simmons

Don't let the summer slip away without a dive trip! We still have space available on our upcoming trip to Cozumel, Mexic...
07/22/2021

Don't let the summer slip away without a dive trip! We still have space available on our upcoming trip to Cozumel, Mexico from August 7 - 14!

For further trip details go to our Facebook Events page or Scuba Trips website page. https://nautilusva.com/scuba-trips1/cozumel-mexico/

We'd love to have you as a part of our travel crew!

We had a busy and 'fin'tastic weekend at the Aldie, Virginia pool with 3 Discover Scuba, 1 Bubblemaker, 5 Scuba Review, ...
07/19/2021

We had a busy and 'fin'tastic weekend at the Aldie, Virginia pool with 3 Discover Scuba, 1 Bubblemaker, 5 Scuba Review, 1 Rescue, and 5 Open Water students.

Congratulations to all of our students on a weekend of scuba training and playing well done!

📸 credit: Josh

#nautilusva #nautilusvaclassroomNpool2021 #openwater #DSD #scubareview #resuce #aldiepool #bubblemaker

Photos from Nautilus Aquatics's post
07/19/2021

Photos from Nautilus Aquatics's post

Last weekend, our talented staff members, Drew, Duane, Jeff & Josh, certified 10 Open Water students at Fredericksburg Q...
07/16/2021

Last weekend, our talented staff members, Drew, Duane, Jeff & Josh, certified 10 Open Water students at Fredericksburg Quarry.

Congratulations Arnav, Dominic, Nick, Ian, Trevor, Daniel, Hunter, Nathan, Mayssa, & Christopher! Welcome to the scuba tribe!

📸 credit: Duane & Josh

#nautilusva #fredericksburgquarry #openwatercertification

Photos from Nautilus Aquatics's post
07/14/2021

Photos from Nautilus Aquatics's post

Right on! Rolling Stone ranked Stream2Sea the #1 mineral sunscreen! Stop by either store location to try or buy their am...
07/13/2021
The Best Reef-Safe, Eco-Friendly Sunscreens

Right on! Rolling Stone ranked Stream2Sea the #1 mineral sunscreen!

Stop by either store location to try or buy their amazing sunscreen today.

Before your next vacation, wave goodbye to sunscreens with harsh chemicals that pollute the ocean and beach

07/09/2021

Say hello to a great weekend ahead!

🎥 credit: Duane #hellofriday #helloweekend

How would you like to improve your buoyancy, trim, and propulsion techniques? The sidemount specialty course is a great ...
07/06/2021
Sidemount: Not just for technical divers - SDI | TDI | ERDI | PFI

How would you like to improve your buoyancy, trim, and propulsion techniques?

The sidemount specialty course is a great course for technical or recreational divers alike.

This configuration started as a way for dry cavers to cross water sumps now holds the hearts of many cave divers and non-cave divers alike. There are many reasons to love it, but don’t let sidemount diving intimidate you as a recreational diver. Some instructors would say that taking a sidemount c...

Happy Independence Day!
07/04/2021

Happy Independence Day!

Happy Independence Day!

We had an absolute blast scuba diving in West Palm Beach, Florida over the weekend! We welcomed new divers into the trib...
06/28/2021

We had an absolute blast scuba diving in West Palm Beach, Florida over the weekend!

We welcomed new divers into the tribe, advanced other student's skills, and dove for fun!

Join us in July or August on one of our upcoming trips! Seats fill up fast and you can see why!

#nautilusva #nautilusvatravel #nautilusvawestpalmbeach2021

We had an absolute blast scuba diving in West Palm Beach, Florida over the weekend!

We welcomed new divers into the tribe, advanced other student's skills, and dove for fun!

Join us in July or August on one of our upcoming trips! Seats fill up fast and you can see why!

#nautilusva #nautilusvatravel #nautilusvawestpalmbeach2021

While the kids are playing a game of Marco Polo around the pool, why not get in a quick workout? Try a couple of these n...
06/26/2021
Aqua Pool Noodle Exercises - Divers Alert Network

While the kids are playing a game of Marco Polo around the pool, why not get in a quick workout?

Try a couple of these noodle exercises from Divers Alert Network .

Exercising in water can be a great way to mix up your routine. The water supports your body and ensures low impact despite intense exercise.

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1007A Ruritan Cir
Sterling, VA
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Monday 12pm - 5pm
Friday 12pm - 5pm
Saturday 12pm - 5pm
Sunday 12pm - 5pm

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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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Loving my gaiter mask from Nautilus Aquatics! Ear loops hold it in place and make it easy to pull up and down.... breathable and comfy! Thanks!
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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