Nautilus Aquatics was born from the union of Sterling Silver Scuba and Adventure Scuba Company, resulting in an underwater outfitter that offers the best of both scuba companies. The word that best describes Nautilus Aquatics' instructors is passion. Through countless hours of live dives and courses, they've become experts, and they share their knowledge during regular PADI classes. From specialized lessons on search and recovery or underwater naturalism to master diver or digital underwater photography, the classes prepare students for every aspect of open water exploration. Nautilus Aquatics also reinforces the basics by offering snorkel programs as well as swimming programs for kids as young as 6 months and adults of all ages.
The Taste of Scuba course introduces aspiring mermen and maids to the basic underwater breathing techniques in a safe, unthreatening environment. The two-hour class takes place in a portion of The Dive Shop's indoor pool that is only three feet deep, letting students experience the sensation of weightlessness without the weightiness of realizing that you're just a small fish in a shark's pond. The Dive Shop provides students with all necessary equipment (except towels and bathing suits), and highly trained instructors helpfully demonstrate how to operate the gadgetry, both underwater and in the case of bathroom emergencies. If your taste test of scuba piques your aqueous appetite, speak to one of the friendly and informed instructors about seeking additional training opportunities, getting your hands on some gear of your own, or gobbling up the glory of one of earth's all-natural bowls of seafood soup.
With today?s Groupon, $25 gets you a private Discover Scuba Diving lesson at SPE Dive School (a $50 value), located outside of DC at 4600 N. Park Ave. in Chevy Chase, MD. If you?ve ever considered scuba diving, an SPE class is a great way to prepare yourself for discovering the mind-blowing sites seen only by scuba divers (and by the kind of coral that has eyeballs).
It?s worth taking this class, if only to force yourself to plan a scuba-diving vacation so you can see the ocean floor before you die. You should know that if you die before you scuba dive, heaven is filled with an eternity of regret and an absence of oceans. Bring some friends because it's 50% lonelier under the sea than on land (hence the fish?s frowny face).
Atlantic Edge Dive Center's dive-masters might technically be classified as land mammals, but they spend enough time under water to earn the honorary title of amphibian. They spend days and nights teaching and leading dives, whether they're arming curious beginners with basic skills in one of their on-site swimming pools, or conducting open water certification tests off the coast. They go beyond simply certifying students for adventure: they provide rescue diving, dive master, and instructor training as well.
Their passion for the aquatic pastime draws them to all kinds of watery outposts. They lead excursions to the Florida keys to help rehabilitate the coral reefs surrounding the islands, and dive into the relatively calm waters of the tanks in the Baltimore National Aquarium, where they have a chance to see 53 species of fish feed in the secret underwater cafeteria.
Certified PADI professionals teach introductory diving skills, where students learn scuba basics, such as becoming comfortable in scuba gear and staying calm while breathing underwater. These Discover Scuba classes are an easy introduction that cover what it takes to dive, allowing students to give scuba a try before becoming certified. In additional to full PADI certification courses, they also regularly plan excursions from their base in D.C. to explore seldom-seen, deeply submerged portions of the Atlantic. To ensure that as many people as possible can share such amazing experiences, they offer basic certification courses in open-water diving as well as in a slew of advanced underwater skills, such as rescue diving.
Two pools, a 5,200-square-foot studio packed with workout equipment, and a full gymnasium with an indoor track are just a small portion of what Freedom Aquatic & Fitness Center has to offer. The vast complex also hosts regular fitness classes, which range from gentle yoga to total conditioning. At the competition and leisure pools, groups can be found paddling their way through swimming classes, which teach important skills such as how to grow scales.