Chesapeake Underwater Sports founder Mike Nieman has spent the majority of his life in or around water. As a child, many of his relatives worked Chesapeake Bay as watermen. In 1972, Mike began diving for the U.S. Air Force, and after his service, became a merchant seaman. During those years, and through all those experiences, Mike kept his eye on one dream: opening a dive shop of his own.
Mike did just that in 1987. Today, having been involved in the training of more than 2,000 divers, he continues to promote the sport–or, in his case, lifestyle–of diving through instruction. At his shop, Mike and his team of NAUI instructors provide education ranging from basic courses all the way up to instructor qualification programs. They also assist clients in planning exotic diving trips, and maintain an expansive stock of equipment and accessories.
Granted, scuba diving isn’t the first sport on people’s minds when they think of Washington, DC. But in any major urban center, there are bound to be plenty of people who like to go underwater, and DC is no exception. Blue Planet Scuba is where those water lovers dive into when they need the newest gear. Aside from selling scuba stuff, Blue Planet also offers certification programs, runs classes and organizes group and custom dive trips. While the Dupont area store is small, anyone who enters will be surprised to discover the large diving community that Blue Planet Scuba has developed. In fact, regular guests will start feeling like they are going to a club headquarters rather than a store.
Sports fans know to plan their weekend around SPE Dive School in Chevy Chase.
Don't worry about packing a snack. This club has a great restaurant so you can keep the fun going.
Grab the kids when you head to this club — its family-oriented atmosphere perfect for the whole clan.
Take advantage of the nearby public transit or convenient parking options at SPE Dive School.
Parking is plentiful, so visitors can feel free to bring their vehicles.
Everyone deserves to treat themselves every once in a while so head to National Diving Center in Washington today and have some fun.
Kickboxing offers a full-body workout as well as a useful self-defense skill.
Parking is plentiful, so guests can feel free to bring their vehicles.
Or, if you prefer, leave the car at home and catch public transportation at nearby stops at Tenleytown Metro (Red) and Friendship Heights Metro (Red).
Twinbrook Swimming Pool has been a hidden treasure of the community and a destination for families since 1955. Surrounded by lush greenery, the pool is home to 50-meter lap lanes and a diving well and board, and the grounds also boast grills for groups who want to throw summertime cookouts. Those hoping to learn to swim or improve their skills can also sign up for swimming lessons, which are open to a variety of ages.