OUR PHILOSOPHY

Compass Dive and Sail was born out of the owner’s desire for diving and exploring our wondrous planet. The staff and partners of Compass are dedicated to providing our customers with a unique experience whether it is dive or sailing instruction, a dive vacation or simply sailing the beautiful waters of the US Southeastern Coast or the Caribbean.

We are a Scuba Schools International (SSI) Training Center and Dive Boat affiliate. Our certified instructors have thousands of dives and a desire to provide the most comprehensive and enjoyable instruction possible. SSI embraces this same philosophy in every dive education system produced and is unmatched in a student first ideology. Whether it is the state of the art Digital Learning system, best of breed instructor training programs or exemplary training standards, you cannot find a better agency to take a scuba diving course.

We are located in Northern Virginia and partner with only the best. Our love for exploring the oceans is unmatched and we want to share our experiences both above and below the waterline with you. Whether we are diving a pristine reef in Bonaire or training you in a local quarry or pool, we are always by your side. We offer courses in introductory scuba certification, advanced certification and diving specialties. We also offer SSI Professional certifications for Divemaster and Assistant Instructor. Our scuba instructors are also certified Divers Alert Network (DAN) Instructors. We offer safety, first aid and CPR/AED training for divers and corporations, both big and small. As a DAN business partner we have access to all of the latest educational information related to diving research and medicine for both on land and at sea.

In addition to our diving and first responder programs we are partners with the non-profit organizations Mission Deep Blue and Project AWARE to provide education and environmental training for the protection of our oceans and waterways. As scuba instructors we are stewards of the waters we explore. We want to educate you in these areas as we protect our one of a kind ocean planet one dive at a time. Our Mission Deep Blue instructors educate divers and non-divers in the ecology of the oceans, its reefs, animal and plant life and what we can do to protect this fragile yet ultra-important ecosystem we explore.

We also have independent scuba instructors who teach the PADI Open Water Scuba Diving program. To learn more about our SSI, DAN, Mission Deep Blue or PADI offerings, please click here.

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