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.
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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.
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.
At Quantico Scuba, fledgling divers learn to view the water as a second home through comprehensive instruction and diving-themed social events. Quantico’s PADI-certified instructors teach new and experienced divers in a series of certification classes, ranging in level from basic open-water certification to master diver. Certified students can proceed to specialty courses such as Deep Diver, Wreck Diver, and Coral Reef Conservationist. Quantico Scuba also oversees a dive club, where divers can connect with other divers over weekend trips, overseas holidays, and summer internships in Atlantis. Divers make use of new and used equipment from Quantico’s onsite dive shop, featuring top brands such as Pinnacle, Underwater Kinetics, and OtterBox.
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.
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.