Nautilus Aquatics

Nautilus Aquatics


Scuba Enthusiast :-)
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.

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

Riddle us the answers to the aquatic themed puzzles below ...

Find me floating through water or stuck in the sand,
or maybe just resting in the palm of your hand
Sometimes a treasure, sometimes a home
Sometimes a spiral, sometimes a dome
Within my walls the ocean I hold
And if you just listen, a story is told
What am I?
You shall find one half of me within the night's sky and the other in a lake.
If we met and my arms had hands there would be many for you to shake.
I may seem weak, but that isn't so.
Cut part of me off and I just regrow.
What am I?
Within my shell, great secrets I hold
Open me up and the truth shall be told
I typically drift, forgotten by most
Floating along 'til I find a new coast
And if I do perish before I am found
My existence is meaningless, my purpose is drowned
I'll wither away amongst the debris
My secret decayed so no one shall see
What am I?

Dive Computers

Are you looking to purchase your first dive computer or upgrade to a newer unit?

Take a look at this article highlighting what to consider when buying a dive computer and let us help you complete your purchase. Learn how a dive computer works and what to look for when buying a new dive computer.

Hand Signals Quiz

Take a break from work to test your scuba hand signal memory? How many did you get correct?

Bonus: What are the signals for turtle, shark, and seahorse? Don't get lost in translation.

How To | Giant Stride

How great is that feeling when you enter the water for your dive!

PADI's video below features the most common entry, the Giant Stride. What other types of entries have you tried? Introducing the PADI 'How To' series featuring helpful tips as you discover the underwater world. If you've just started the PADI Open Water Diver course, or...

Nautilus Aquatics's cover photo

Cheers to a very Happy and Prosperous New Year! We look forward to many, many better and brighter days ahead!

Did you know that all of those tiny bubbles in your champagne were created by hundreds of scuba divers exploring about! We like to think so anyway! 😉

As 2020 comes to a close, we want to know what you are looking forward to in 2021?

🐬 A scuba diving trip?
🐬 New scuba equipment?
🐬 New and/or improved scuba skills?

We can help you with all of these suggestions and more!

Santa, we know him and of course he's a scuba diver!

Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas weekend!

[12/21/20]   Tis the season for recipe sharing.

Let's trade recipes for the perfect dive. Tell us about your perfect dive in the comments below.

It's our namesake and one of our favorite cephalopods.

Have you had the pleasure of diving with a nautilus?

Nautilus Aquatics's cover photo

Egyptian diver spends 6 days under water in the Red Sea to break world record

Some say records are meant to be broken. These folks would probably agree.

Wow, not one, but two world records broken this year! Saddam Al-Kilany, 29, beat the world record of 142 hours and 47 minutes reached by Turkish diver Cem Karabay in 2016.

How to Use Slow Shutter Speeds Underwater

Have you tried using a slow shutter speed in your underwater photography?

Tell us about your photog trials and tribulations below. Utilizing slow shutter speeds is an easy way to create a feeling of movement in your underwater images. Brent Durand walks us through the technique in this video tutorial.

Here's what to say to a dive professional if you want to make them cringe!


6 U.S. Scuba Diving Sites Worth Planning a Trip Around

You don't have to travel very far to enjoy some of the best scuba diving sites in the US!

You can visit these sites year round; however, you might enjoy the experience a little bit more in a dry suit. We can prepare you for any environment.

Don't forget about our current Winter Dry Suit special ($75 off the Dry Suit specialty course when you sign-up for the Open Water certification course). You don’t need to travel far for great diving.

11 Useful Apps to Improve Your Technical Diving - SDI | TDI | ERDI | PFI

Have you tired any of these Tech Diving Apps or any others we should know about?

Tell us about your experience below? You loved our top 15 scuba apps article we published last year, so we figured we would niche it down more and bring you a list of tech diving specific apps. These 11 apps range from photography to dive planning apps and everything in between.

Don’t Forget Your Roots - SDI | TDI | ERDI | PFI

Have you been in a class or on a boat with 'that' guy or gal who seems to know everything there is to know about scuba diving?

This article is a good reminder to us all, "to lose the ego" while sharing the experience. We see it all the time… divers who’ve been around the block a few dozen times with egos bigger than the ocean they dive. In this article, you’ll be reminded why it’s important to remember where you came from. Why you should never stop learning and recognize that we’re all on our own journe...

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

Gobble, gobble, and bubble, bubble!

If our posted store hours don't work with your schedule you can now book an appointment on our website!

Click the link to schedule an appointment with us today.

'Minion' squid filmed for first time

From fictional cartoon character to real life cephalopod.

Take a look at the minion squid recently videoed for the first time below. DIVING NEWS 'Minion' squid filmed for first time Spirula spirula, the ram’s horn squid, was known about from discarded shells washed up on beaches but had never been recorded in its natural deep-sea habitat before - until now. An ROV camera operating at a depth of 861m picked up a

This is the perfect time to get scuba certified and get your drysuit specialty all in one!

Receive a $75 discount on your drysuit specialty when purchased with your open water certification.

Can you believe it's that time of year again!? The holiday season is upon us.

Please note our winter hours and holiday closings.

But never you fear, we are still here to help you with all of your scuba needs.

We finished up our last quarry trip of the offical 2020 season a few weekends ago in 'fish'tacular style!

You know you’re a diver desperate to get back in the water when you find see creatures in everyday items ... bacon seahorse & fuzz arrow blenny!!

Have you seen anything of interest lately?

How the Local Dive Community Protected Blue Heron Bridge

Has it been too long since your last scuba trip? Are you looking for a quick and easy trip?

Look no further, join us in West Palm Beach, Florida as we dive the Blue Heron Bridge and more.

Look for upcoming FB events or on our travel website page. Local scuba divers in South Florida helped protect one of Florida's best dive sites: Blue Heron Bridge in Riviera Beach.

America’s Battle of the Atlantic - DIVER magazine

Dive into a little World War II history with this recent NOAA expedition. New mapping technology and a small manned submersible allow a team of scientists to 3D map a moment in history Text by Joseph Frey On July 15, 1942 Kapitänleutnant Hans-Dieter Heinicke, commander of German submarine U-576, would make a decision that would seal his fate and that of his 44 crew membe...

Happy Halloween! 🎃👻

Shark Identification Quiz

How many sharks did you identify correctly?

How many species have you seen in the wild? Test your shark identification IQ.

How To Blow a Bubble Ring Underwater

While blowing bubble rings isn't a life saving skill, it's just down right underwater fun!

Do you have any additional tips or tricks? This video breaks down two easy ways to blow underwater bubble rings on your next dive.

Did you know?

*Seahorses eat small crustacea such as Mysis Shrimp.
*An adult eats 30-50 times a day.
*A baby seahorse is called a fry and can eat a staggering 3000 pieces of food per day.

For such tiny creatures they have pretty huge appetites.

Wow! Another successful Nautilus Tech Week in South Florida!

Congratulations to our newest Tech Divers - Josh, Jeff, and Duane! We taught courses including Intro to Tech, Advanced Nitrox, Decompression Procedures, and Extended Range.

We finished today with an amazing dive to 180' to the Ande Wreck. Here are some of this week's highlights...

If happiness is the goal - and it should be, then adventures should be the priority. - Richard Branson

It brings us great joy to see our customers happy!

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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1007A Ruritan Cir
Sterling, VA

Opening Hours

Monday 12:00 - 17:00
Friday 12:00 - 17:00
Saturday 12:00 - 17:00
Sunday 12:00 - 17:00
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