Compass Dive and Sail was born out of the owner’s desire for diving and exploring our beautiful, vibrant and intriguing planet. The staff and partners of Compass are dedicated to providing our customers with a unique experience whether it is a dive or safety instructional course, a dive vacation or simply sailing the beautiful islands of the Northern Caribbean or Eastern Atlantic Coast of the US.





Thanks for hosting the Bonaire trip last week! Had an absolute blast! Great dives, great people and a memorable experience! Looking forward to next year, already. 

Bob S.

If I could give Doug and Meg 1,000 stars, I would.  They helped me to hurdle over some deep fears.  Such as fear of drowning and the fear of deep water that I can’t see through.  I got my open water certification with them and then went to Aruba.


I’ve had the pleasure of diving and teaching with Compass Dive and Sail over the last few years. They are exceptional when adapting their approach to training to meet the individual needs of the diver. A exceedingly professional team providing a high quality training experience.

JEFF M., Owner - Black Cat Scuba

We got our OW Certification for the pool and open water this summer with Compass Dive. The experience could not have been better. Doug and Meg took their time as we progressed through the requirements. The attention to detail, 1-1 training and confirming we learned the skills was invaluable.


Several months back I started looking for a dive center in Northern VA to assist me in obtaining my PADI Open Water Certification. After looking at several companies I chose Compass Dive and Sail. I was not disappointed. The staff were awesome in every way, the instructors ensured I was comfortable with each phase of the training, were very patient to ensure I was proficient with each required task, and made sure I had a lot of fun.


Last month we asked Doug and Meg to help us with prepping for an upcoming dive trip to the BVIs. We chose them bc they are mutual sailors, and knew we’d likely have additional common interests. Doug’s professionalism and quick response to our requests for times and “bundle” pricing was a very welcome service, as well as their very flexible ways to make our schedules and theirs work.


Finished up some needed courses to complete my NAUI Rescue Diver Certification with Doug and Meg this weekend! Professional, educated, flexible, and very kind people! So grateful to have met you two and need to get on that sail boat next!


The Compass Team made learning to dive fun and most of all teaches the proper discipline to stay safe while you’re doing it. I was certified in the Summer and have experienced 4 dives on my own in Hawaii. During both dive sessions I was complemented and it was noted by other instructors as being “well trained” as a newly certified diver.


I honestly can’t say enough about Compass Dive and Sail and specifically Doug and Meg. I was so nervous about learning to dive, but they were very thorough about everything, helped me ease into each skill, and made it fun! They really go above and beyond to make sure that each student feels comfortable before proceeding onto the next step.


Highly recommend Compass Dive and Sail. Doug and Meg are great instructors, very knowledgeable and friendly. They were very flexible and really went out of their way for me. I chose SSI Open Water certification and it was really great. With their support, I did my final checkout dive in Oahu and was totally prepared.


I initially sought out another dive center who wanted to charge me $500 extra for private pool time (their group classes were full) on top of the $800 it was going to already cost for the class and gear. Then I found Doug and Meg, and they really went out of their way to get me SSI certified. I was on a very tight schedule to get certified with certain blackout dates, and they really accommodated. My entire training was private, and they did not charge me anything extra; Doug and Meg will not nickel and dime you! I will absolutely take advanced training through them.

Cathryn M.

I recently moved to NOVA from Northern NJ where I had completed the classroom and pool dives for my PADI open water certification. I was referred to Compass to complete my open water certification dives. I cannot speak high enough of Doug, Meg and Matt. They were awesome instructors and really worked with their students to make sure they knew what had to be accomplished. Highly recommended!!!

Quinton J.

Compass Dive & Sail is an incredible company for anyone who wants to get their scuba certification or just go diving. Doug & Meg really are genuine individuals who have a lot of passion for the ocean, it’s marine life and sharing their in depth knowledge of scuba and the sciences of it to people who want to do it.


We love Compass Dive and Sail! Working with them is so easy, they really take the time to listen and make sure you are comfortable before diving and learning new things and are lots of fun too. Just finished our Nitrox training and can’t wait to book our next trip with Compass Dive and Sail! Thanks Doug and Meg!


I have to thank you for your service. I just spent my first dive on the Vandenberg. As soon as I hit the water I felt confident and comfortable. I attribute this to not signing up with a scuba-mill. The one on one attention I received gave me the skills I needed to descend to and navigate the wreck with relative ease. Big thanks to Meg again for explaining buoyancy in a relatable manner.


Doug and Meg are great! I just got my PADI open water certification with Compass Dive and Sail, and it couldn’t have gone any better. They were very professional, extremely knowledgeable, and just great overall. They always answered any questions I had and were more than willing to go the extra mile to make sure that their students were comfortable in the water at all times.


Doug and Meg were excellent. I had a short turnaround requirement to become Open Water Diving certified before a short notice trip where I wished to take a few days to dive for the first time. Compass Dive and Sail quickly responded and patiently answered my many questions, offered sound guidance and advice throughout the process, and are genuinely great teachers and people. I will definitely do all future diving classes through Compass. Many thanks!