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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.

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 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.

This experience for our family of five far surpassed our expectations! Doug carefully and patiently reviewed with me all of our options over the phone. Once we were ready to move forward, my wife and I both did a refresher course as it had been twenty years since we had last dove. The biggest concern I had was regarding our kids (Ages 16, 13, 10). Doug and Meg were outstanding in their communication and friendly instruction. Our three kids have very different personalities, and all three of them found new friends in meeting both Doug and Meg. As of this past week, the kids are all set for our trip to the US Virgin Islands, and my lifelong goal of passing on my love for scuba diving to our kids has been realized, thanks to Compass Dive and Sail.

After talking initially with Doug and gathering how thorough he was just in our phone call, I had my daughters complete their Open Water Certification with Compass Dive & Sail. Although already certified, I also took the class with both of my daughters and I was just delighted at how patient and thorough Doug & Meg were. They were so easy to spend a weekend with, wonderfully instructive, and incredibly patient and formal in their desire to teach and promote safety. Since their certification, both of my daughters clearly excel in dives with other groups/friends, a testament to how well Doug & Meg instructed them. Thank you both!

Finished up some needed courses to complete my 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.

I recently moved to NOVA from Northern NJ where I had completed the classroom and pool dives for my 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!!!

I got certified diving years ago with PADI and did a refresh with a couple of friends at Compass Dive and Sail and they are amazing. Doug, his wife Meg and his team really break things down to the basics, and focus on that as the foundation for their couse. They use the latest technology for all their diver courses and are just genuinely great people. I honestly can't say enough!!!! Friendly staff, down to earth people and will spent as much time as needed to make sure you comfortable the with skills and swimming. They also do live scenarios of beach, boat and other dives to ensure their students have a solid grasp of the various ways to scuba dive... with confidence. Very passionate about sharing their knowledge with prospective divers!!!! It's not about the money!!!!! Whether you to are looking for an open water dive, dive in controlled environment like an acquatic center (like a big acquariums) or just dive for your first time, Compass Dive and Sail has a course to fit yr needs and the cost is very reasonable. But more importantly the people make the experience! Thank you Compass Dive and Sail.

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 attended the class for becoming a DAN instructor and truly enjoyed the instructions and the training.  Hands on with productive feedback made the entire experience quite pleasantly informative. Thank you for your time and help.

Could not have had a better time getting my open water certificate with Compass Dive and Sail. Doug and Meg went over every detail and made sure that everybody in the group was successful in completing the skills before moving on. They could not have been more thorough. 10/10 experience,  will recommend Compass Dive to anybody interested in learning how to scuba.

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.

Excellent and professional experience.  The personal time that Doug and Meg took during my confined water training was top notch.  If you are looking for the one-on-one training to give you the confidence and experience that you are looking for in your certification experience, look no further than Compass Dive and Sail.

I got my open water certification training through compass dive and sail, and the experience could not have been better. Doug made sure that I knew how to successfully complete every skill, so I felt confident and safe while in the water. On top of that, Doug and Meg produce a positive environment that enhances learning. I always knew that I was being cared for in and out of the water. I do not have enough kind words about this company. I'd recommend this experience to anyone, and I hope to go on dive excursions with them in the future.

Doug and Meg are great! I just got my 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!

This is the best school you can go to get your scuba diving lessons period. Doug and his crew are the best trainers ever. Thank you for everything you did to help me to pass my lessons.

We have been working with Compass for a couple of years now. Their professionalism, passion for diving and commitment to their students ranks them among the best we have seen. We are proud to associate with them and assure you that you will have chosen wisely to do your scuba training with them.
TIGE P., Owner - Virginia Scuba

Best scuba certification program around! Doug and Meg are great teachers and are so willing to work with you and your schedule. Would recommend for anyone looking to get certified

I could not have chosen a better school to get my SSI Open Water certification. Doug and Meg are fantastic, patient, fun, and all around good people. They explained everything exceptionally well and have tremendous patience with students. They go all out to ensure we understood everything we needed to to be safe and enjoy diving. I plan to take additional SSI courses with them in the future. After the final dive this weekend I was able to ring the bell at Lake Phoenix.