5July2015 145 (2)

Getting Scuba Certified Will Change Your Life For the Better!

You have reached this life changing website, congratulations.  Maybe you are planning to visit to South Florida to go  scuba diving or go snorkeling for the first time, or maybe it’s just been a long time. If you are interested in becoming a certified diver at any level then read on. If you are looking for a day course or a one time experience, then go back to our navigation tabs and click
Bucket List Scuba.

You Only Need to Get Scuba Certified if:

DSCN0707

You Are a Motivated Person. You have a sense of adventure and always wanted to go scuba diving in your lifetime and plan to go as many times as possible.

You Are Seeking to Improve Your Quality of Life. Scuba diving can be enjoyed by people of all ages, which creates a lifetime of memories that can be shared with family and friends.

You Are Looking For a New Hobby on Your Vacation. You love to travel and find yourself in many places where scuba diving is the main attraction. There are more dive spots and scuba destinations in Florida than anywhere else on earth.

You Swim For Exercise. You are bored with swimming laps in a pool and want to do something more meaningful while you get your exercise. Scuba diving combines the best low impact exercise (swimming) with the exploration of another world and all its marine life.

You Want to Do Something Out of the Ordinary. Scuba diving is considered very extraordinary. You will find yourself leaving all your worries and concerns on the surface the entire time you are diving underwater.

You Want to Observe Marine Life and Nature in Abundance. South Florida is the 3rd largest barrier reef in the world and has over 650 species of fish and coral life.  The area around Miami and the Florida Keys are the most dived reefs in North America.

You are doing this for your boyfriend/girlfriend or spouse. Please go to the Bucket List Scuba tab so you don’t end up getting divorced from forced certification. (seriously)

You are an Aspiring Marine Biologist, Oceanographer, Video or Photographer of the sea. Chances are you will be spending a lot of time under the water studying everything you need to know and scuba diving will be one of those requirements. We give special consideration to aspiring Ocean lovers.

body_snorkel

How Does the Scuba Certification Process Work?

DSCN0149

The SCUBA certification has 3 parts to be completed by the trainee: (approx. 25 hours)

Academics:
You may read a book or read the materials on-line. There are a total of five chapters in the book. You are required to take the mini-exams in the back of each chapter. Once completed, you will watch a training video. You are now done with the Academic portion of the process. With no cell phone or social media distractions, this portion of the process should take you only  4-6 hours.
Pool Training:
You will take what you learned In the reading section and apply it to the pool. There is no time limit on how long it takes for you to master your scuba skills.  These scuba drills will train you to understand everything you will need to know to scuba dive safely and with confidence. You will master mask    clearing, underwater signals, buoyancy control and much more.
Ocean Training:
Now comes the fun part of the SCUBA experience! If you think the pool was fun, the ocean is even better. This is the MOMENT in time that you have waited all your life: to be able to see and swim in another world with the marine life. You will find is that Scuba Diving is a unique and visceral experience, that really touches all the senses.body_snorkel

You Will Not Be Disappointed

Private or Group Lessons? Only you can answer this question. If you are not timid or shy and work well with others in a group, than group lessons will work for you.  (We do provide a Private Group Lesson as well if you have more than two people) However, if you are shy or timid and feel pressured in front of a group than you need to take your time to learn the skills. Not feeling pushed or rushed is important especially in the pool training. If this is you, than private scuba lessons are a better choice. Take this quick survey for to see if you would be better off taking group or private scuba lessons.

You Deserve Private Scuba Lessons if:

 You have special needs or concerns such as panic attacks, claustrophobia, a near drowning experience, a bad snorkeling experience or a spouse incident related to diving.

 You have a spouse that scuba dives and you don’t, but are afraid to for any reason.  You definitely, need more time in and one on one scuba instruction is for you.

 You think most Scuba Diving Instructors are military Navy Seal training types. Guess what? They are! Typically, they run classes the same way they were trained as a Seal. Not good for you as a civilian at all.  Instead,  take scuba lessons from a Professional Woman Scuba Diving Instructor with over thirty years of diving experience and a Registered Nurse as well. TripAdvisor ranked us the number 1 watersports company in Dania Beach, Florida

 You are shy or timid in public. Group lessons are like public speaking and you will be observed by other people.

 You want to be focused and get the most out of your scuba experience because time is an issue then private scuba lessons are for you.

 You feel you are too over weight and are self-conscious. Many people see to train with Laura for this very reason. Scuba is a recreational activity not a sport, any one can do it with training and diving with a professional

 You feel your lack of swimming technique would hold you back. When you work with Laura and private scuba lessons you have more time without pressure to become a more proficient and powerful swimmer.

DSCN1328

Many dive shops will charge you for private scuba lessons and then put you in a pool with other people. You might find them on your ocean training piece and like most people, you are too nice to say anything. That behavior is really wrong, and you won’t find it with Laura.

Our company provides Private Scuba Lessons, ONLY. We never mix people and rarely do we cancel unless weather is the issue for cancelling because the winds are heavy.

Most dive shop operators do not have a private scuba instructor that can accommodate your schedule or your special needs. Call around and find out.

Match.Com, Vacation Village Marriott and Quality Inn of Hollywood Florida already made up their minds and have been doing business with us since 2002. If you need accommodations when you are visiting call and mention our name and tell them you are taking a scuba/snorkeling tour or lesson with Laura for a free upgrade to your room.

You can take our word for it, read our reviews and call our references. (Doing your due diligence is a good thing)
If you take the time and compare apples to apples, then you will be calling back.

Our company is genuinely caring and considerateness matters with us when you take the time be our client.

Here’s How To Order Your Private Scuba Lessons With Laura

The next step would be to plan a time when you are coming to Florida or just want to get it done. You must please make an appointment for your adventure of a lifetime. So please call with your calendar schedule in front of you. Prices are as follows:  A la Carte Scuba Lessons, all inclusive at $699 each.  You keep mask, fins and snorkel at $ 999 each and whole enchilada at $ 1899 each.

It is easy to book a lesson with Laura and it is the only way to make an appointment. You must call or text the number on this website. You will not get a secretary or assistant, a call center or a voice answering service. You might get voice mail if Laura is submerged underwater with clients or in the classroom. Only than will you be asked to leave a message.

The reason Laura works alone is because she can only take so many people per day and per week. The clients that are serious call to make an appointment because they want to be a part of the special few that get to train with Laura.

The reason you have to telephone in your credit card (or to give your address so she can send you the course materials before arriving in town) is because Laura does not like using her credit card on the internet so she doesn’t ask her clients to do it either.  This way, there is no chance of hacking your information on-line and no chance of identity theft.

You are fully protected by our 100% No-Risk Double-Guarantee. If you do not increase your confidence in and around the water over the course of the class, just let us know and we will send you a prompt refund. All you have to do is let us know after the end of the pool training session. No questions asked.

Call now to get started on your awesome new hobby. Scuba dive today and remember it forever!

Call Now to Make a Reservation at 954-547-4818 or Click the Button

P.S. You will receive Free pictures of your Scuba Diving with Laura so book today.

Listen to some Happy Divers!

privatescubalessons/testimonials/Chris

Highly recommended.

I contacted Laura at PrivateScubaLessons.com because I had a very limited amount of time to work on some advanced SCUBA courses and I felt that private lessons would enable me to move along at a much faster pace and accomplish more in a shorter amount of time than I could ever do in a group with other divers. Laura was very accommodating. During our initial meeting, she assessed my previous training and capabilities, and mapped out a schedule that enabled me to complete two advanced programs within the time I had available. We spent several full days together, diving twice each day in different locations. Laura's thorough preparation and familiarity with the boats, personnel, and dive sites made everything run smoothly and exactly on schedule. Her personal insights and tips were extremely helpful, not only to me, but to others on the boat, as well. She was very observant and aware of everyone around her -- even those that she was not directly responsible for. She took the time to help calm nervous divers, assist them with their equipment, and make sure everyone was safe and followed proper procedures.


I would highly recommend Laura Parke and PrivateScubaLessons.com, whether you are just thinking about learning to SCUBA dive for the first time, or you are an experienced diver looking to expand your knowledge with advanced certifications. Laura is extremely patient and knowledgeable, with a comforting and calm manner which inspires confidence. And because she works one-on-one or only with small, private groups, she will move along at whatever pace is most suitable for you.

2015-12-26T11:19:20+00:00
privatescubalessons/testimonials/Chris
I contacted Laura at PrivateScubaLessons.com because I had a very limited amount of time to work on some advanced SCUBA courses and I felt that private lessons would enable me to move along at a much faster pace and accomplish more in a shorter amount of time than I could ever do in a group with other divers. Laura was very accommodating. During our initial meeting, she assessed my previous training and capabilities, and mapped out a schedule that enabled me to complete two advanced programs within the time I had available. We spent several full days together, diving twice each day in different locations. Laura's thorough preparation and familiarity with the boats, personnel, and dive sites made everything run smoothly and exactly on schedule. Her personal insights and tips were extremely helpful, not only to me, but to others on the boat, as well. She was very observant and aware of everyone around her -- even those that she was not directly responsible for. She took the time to help calm nervous divers, assist them with their equipment, and make sure everyone was safe and followed proper procedures. I would highly recommend Laura Parke and PrivateScubaLessons.com, whether you are just thinking about learning to SCUBA dive for the first time, or you are an experienced diver looking to expand your knowledge with advanced certifications. Laura is extremely patient and knowledgeable, with a comforting and calm manner which inspires confidence. And because she works one-on-one or only with small, private groups, she will move along at whatever pace is most suitable for you.
SEA&SEA 1200HD

Calm, Professional, Effective Instruction

As a captain and rescue diver with 40 years of experience I don’t like being treated like a newbie nor being talked down to, nor do I want someone so in awe of my experience that they forget to teach me anything! So when I needed several specialty certifications to earn a Master SCUBA certification from PADI, I looked at my options carefully. I could have waited for my local dive shop to offer the courses but being from frozen New Hampshire that could take a lifetime, or I could have found unknown dive shops offering the courses and jetted about the world to get them done. Then I had the good fortune to locate privatescubalessons.com and Laura Parke. Laura is located in South Florida where they have warm temperatures and varied diving experiences. We tackled wreck diving, deep diving and boat diving specialty courses. Laura did a great job covering the material, teaching what PADI required and also some practical “tips and tricks” you won’t find in the course literature. Moreover, while I always felt respected I was not coddled. Laura “benched” me for several days as I had a bad cold and while I shrugged it off she insisted I not dive until she felt I was fit. Concern with safety is what characterizes a good instructor and ultimately why we take courses in the first place. I highly recommend Laura Parke to anyone interested in becoming a diver or in becoming a better diver. You won’t be disappointed.

2015-12-26T11:20:42+00:00
SEA&SEA 1200HD
As a captain and rescue diver with 40 years of experience I don’t like being treated like a newbie nor being talked down to, nor do I want someone so in awe of my experience that they forget to teach me anything! So when I needed several specialty certifications to earn a Master SCUBA certification from PADI, I looked at my options carefully. I could have waited for my local dive shop to offer the courses but being from frozen New Hampshire that could take a lifetime, or I could have found unknown dive shops offering the courses and jetted about the world to get them done. Then I had the good fortune to locate privatescubalessons.com and Laura Parke. Laura is located in South Florida where they have warm temperatures and varied diving experiences. We tackled wreck diving, deep diving and boat diving specialty courses. Laura did a great job covering the material, teaching what PADI required and also some practical “tips and tricks” you won’t find in the course literature. Moreover, while I always felt respected I was not coddled. Laura “benched” me for several days as I had a bad cold and while I shrugged it off she insisted I not dive until she felt I was fit. Concern with safety is what characterizes a good instructor and ultimately why we take courses in the first place. I highly recommend Laura Parke to anyone interested in becoming a diver or in becoming a better diver. You won’t be disappointed.
privatescubalessons/testimonials/Karen

Awesome Experience!!!

Laura Parke is a great instructor! My fiancé and I both had 1 prior scary experience of having someone take us into the water without any preparation. Mine was for snorkeling and his was going under with someone and only sharing the oxygen in his scuba tank (no other gear). The experience we had with Laura was polar opposite in a positive way. She took the time to go over the basics verbally and on paper giving us the power of information to understand prior to entering the water. She then geared us up and we went through several skill techniques in the pool. She never rushed us and let us familiarize ourselves with the equipment being on our body in a pool environment. This is a great way to get comfortable because in the hours spent in the pool I became confident and less fearful. She then took us to a perfect dive spot with lots to see and clear, calm waters. We brought our underwater camera and she was so cool with letting us enjoy the experience and she took the pictures for us. They turned out great! We would definitely do this again and recommend her to everyone. Her years of experience, communication, patience and consideration made this the best ever!

2015-12-26T11:27:59+00:00
privatescubalessons/testimonials/Karen
Laura Parke is a great instructor! My fiancé and I both had 1 prior scary experience of having someone take us into the water without any preparation. Mine was for snorkeling and his was going under with someone and only sharing the oxygen in his scuba tank (no other gear). The experience we had with Laura was polar opposite in a positive way. She took the time to go over the basics verbally and on paper giving us the power of information to understand prior to entering the water. She then geared us up and we went through several skill techniques in the pool. She never rushed us and let us familiarize ourselves with the equipment being on our body in a pool environment. This is a great way to get comfortable because in the hours spent in the pool I became confident and less fearful. She then took us to a perfect dive spot with lots to see and clear, calm waters. We brought our underwater camera and she was so cool with letting us enjoy the experience and she took the pictures for us. They turned out great! We would definitely do this again and recommend her to everyone. Her years of experience, communication, patience and consideration made this the best ever!
privatescubalessons/testimonials/Wes Tanner

The Best Pleasure Ever!

I recently took open water scuba lessons through privatescubalessons.com and I couldn't be happier with my experience. My private scuba instructor, Laura Parke, made my adventure better than I could have ever possibly imagined. Laura is very knowledgeable, extremely professional, and a lot of fun! Laura was patient and taught at a pace that was perfect for me, she emphasizes safety, and she made the entire experience enjoyable and fun. I would recommend Laura and privatescubalessons.com to everyone. Thanks Laura!

2015-12-26T11:30:19+00:00
privatescubalessons/testimonials/Wes Tanner
I recently took open water scuba lessons through privatescubalessons.com and I couldn't be happier with my experience. My private scuba instructor, Laura Parke, made my adventure better than I could have ever possibly imagined. Laura is very knowledgeable, extremely professional, and a lot of fun! Laura was patient and taught at a pace that was perfect for me, she emphasizes safety, and she made the entire experience enjoyable and fun. I would recommend Laura and privatescubalessons.com to everyone. Thanks Laura!
privatescubalessons/testimonials/Adriana

This is Definitely the Place to go or learn Scuba Diving!

When we first spoke on the phone, I immediately felt she understood where I was in my diving experience. Within the first few minutes on the phone she encouraged me, validated my concerns and instilled confidence that a resolution for my continued dive experience could really be something quite simple, with practice. Thank you for making it so.


As it turned out her analysis of my using the wrong equipment (BCD, Mask and Mouth piece) made all the difference in my continuing to dive! Her emphasis on being familiar with my own gear and taking time to assemble and disassemble multiple times until I was confident did prove useful. My first dive without her I caught myself getting anxious but remembering the three B’s briefing she gave me, calmed me before getting in the Ocean.


Thank you for taking the time to outfit me in new BCD and new mask and new mouth piece. Laura, the hours of refresher instruction spent with you made all the difference!


I would encourage any friend of mine to contact you for dive instruction! You were everything I needed in an instructor and I enjoyed you!

2015-12-26T11:33:48+00:00
privatescubalessons/testimonials/Adriana
When we first spoke on the phone, I immediately felt she understood where I was in my diving experience. Within the first few minutes on the phone she encouraged me, validated my concerns and instilled confidence that a resolution for my continued dive experience could really be something quite simple, with practice. Thank you for making it so. As it turned out her analysis of my using the wrong equipment (BCD, Mask and Mouth piece) made all the difference in my continuing to dive! Her emphasis on being familiar with my own gear and taking time to assemble and disassemble multiple times until I was confident did prove useful. My first dive without her I caught myself getting anxious but remembering the three B’s briefing she gave me, calmed me before getting in the Ocean. Thank you for taking the time to outfit me in new BCD and new mask and new mouth piece. Laura, the hours of refresher instruction spent with you made all the difference! I would encourage any friend of mine to contact you for dive instruction! You were everything I needed in an instructor and I enjoyed you!
privatescubalessons/testimonials/Laura S.

Fabulous instruction, diving, and fun!

It had been more than 15 years since I had been scuba diving, and my instructor, Laura Parke, not only gave me the confidence to conquer my fears, but her tenacity helped me to relearn the critical skills necessary for safe diving while enjoying maximum fun! I am a business owner and my time is limited, but Laura made it possible for me to complete my dive instruction efficiently. Her passion and dedication for her profession show through in every aspect of her instruction – it is clear that she loves what she does and wanted me to have the most positive and memorable experience. Laura’s people skills and extensive knowledge made me feel at ease. Within the first few minutes of my lesson, I knew I was in the right hands. I truly appreciated her patience, preciseness and awareness of my personal needs.


Laura is also super knowledgeable about the many dive sites South Florida offers. One of the more inspiring dives was at the Blue Heron Lagoon with two boys, a 10 and 13 year old here on vacation. – We had a blast, saw amazing sea life, and the enthusiasm and fearlessness of these young kids was infectious! The ocean dive was also a fabulous experience. Laura’s guidance and genuine concern for my success made me feel like a pro. What a great day and what invaluable skills I developed.


Thanks Laura for sticking by my side and for making sure I achieved scuba diving success! I look forward to continuing more advanced dives with you.

2015-12-26T11:37:18+00:00
privatescubalessons/testimonials/Laura S.
It had been more than 15 years since I had been scuba diving, and my instructor, Laura Parke, not only gave me the confidence to conquer my fears, but her tenacity helped me to relearn the critical skills necessary for safe diving while enjoying maximum fun! I am a business owner and my time is limited, but Laura made it possible for me to complete my dive instruction efficiently. Her passion and dedication for her profession show through in every aspect of her instruction – it is clear that she loves what she does and wanted me to have the most positive and memorable experience. Laura’s people skills and extensive knowledge made me feel at ease. Within the first few minutes of my lesson, I knew I was in the right hands. I truly appreciated her patience, preciseness and awareness of my personal needs. Laura is also super knowledgeable about the many dive sites South Florida offers. One of the more inspiring dives was at the Blue Heron Lagoon with two boys, a 10 and 13 year old here on vacation. – We had a blast, saw amazing sea life, and the enthusiasm and fearlessness of these young kids was infectious! The ocean dive was also a fabulous experience. Laura’s guidance and genuine concern for my success made me feel like a pro. What a great day and what invaluable skills I developed. Thanks Laura for sticking by my side and for making sure I achieved scuba diving success! I look forward to continuing more advanced dives with you.
privatescubalessons/testimonials/Augustina Prigoshin

The Best Thing I Have Ever Done

I can't thank Laura enough for helping me overcome my fear of diving. Thanks to her, I've learned to re-appreciate a sport I once loved as a kid. Her knowledge and respect of Scuba and the ocean is admirable, and her patience is incredibly rare.


For anyone looking to get certified, Laura is the only instructor you should turn to for an awesome experience underwater.

2015-12-26T11:40:39+00:00
privatescubalessons/testimonials/Augustina Prigoshin
I can't thank Laura enough for helping me overcome my fear of diving. Thanks to her, I've learned to re-appreciate a sport I once loved as a kid. Her knowledge and respect of Scuba and the ocean is admirable, and her patience is incredibly rare. For anyone looking to get certified, Laura is the only instructor you should turn to for an awesome experience underwater.