Savvy, Smart and Sensitive People Love to Snorkel and School Themselves

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Snorkeling, the first step to underwater exploration and can be a very fun, exciting and an amazing experience with memories that can last a lifetime.

You will swim over the top of parrot fish, damsels, stripped majors, blue tangs, angels, snappers, groupers and many others too many to mention here.
You will see so many fish it is hard to watch all of them at once.

You will visit Coral Reefs and Historical Shipwrecks off the coast of south Florida. Fort Lauderdale and Miami are known as the ship wreck capital of the world and we are the most dived and snorkeled area in North America.

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Snorkeling Sounds Easy and it is If You are Trained Properly

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Snorkeling sounds easy and it is if you are properly trained. If you can float without much effort you might do well and get lucky. Excellent swimmers can perform better, sometimes, trying it on their own, but not usually.

If you are new to Snorkeling or this is your first time ever, than my message here is especially for you.

During my experience teaching diving and snorkeling over the course of 14 years, I have talked to and consulted many people who try snorkeling without proper instruction. Many of them, their first time experience did not turn out well and they were embarrassed. This awkward moment could have been avoided by professional instruction by a licensed professional. Friends mean well but their instruction is clumsy at best. Snorkeling lessons are more effective with a Professional Snorkeling Instructor.

Please take note of the following statement. If you skimp on paying a professional and go snorkeling (winging it yourself) and it turns out poorly,  your chances of ever graduating to scuba diving will be significantly reduced. (Think about that) If you ever aspire to scuba diving after snorkeling and your snorkeling experience is poor, you will never (want) be a scuba diver.

Another warning: Please do not get on a cruise ship to snorkel for the first time ever. You will be one of hundreds of snorkelers and get no individual attention, at all. You will feel like cattle in the corral being herded off the ship into the sea without lessons of any kind. With 50 people on a boat (minimum) there is no possible, physical way everyone can be trained at once. Snorkeling for the first time or in marginal conditions is much harder than scuba diving. You need to get lessons and trained professionally because you’ll have a better time.

Here is a testimonial from Sarah, a 3rd time snorkeler:   (edited for length – full testimonial available on yelp)
“This experience was not only an outstanding snorkeling experience, but also a valuable lesson in snorkeling education. Laura assisted us with our snorkeling education before we went to our snorkeling spot. She was absolutely amazing in the amount of information she gave to make our experience better. I really didn’t believe there was anything else for me to learn; however when we started snorkeling her lesson made a large impact on my experience. I was so calm and focused in the water. I saw so many fish and plants; it was breathtaking. The entire family had a wonderful and memorable experience. I highly recommend using Laura for your snorkeling needs. I have decided the SCUBA lessons are next for me and I will certainly choose Laura for that experience.

You don’t know what you don’t know.

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Friends Should Not Let Friends Teach Friends

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“Friends Should Not Let Friends Teach Friends” was the saying on the sign that was posted at the top of the Blue Chair at Mount Hood Ski Resort.
A friend, neighbor or spouse can try to be helpful, but often do more harm than good. This statement is not to scare you or alarm you but make you aware that Non-professional teachers forget those little things that open big doors of a bad experience.

Little hinges open big doors. Think about that. Little small hinges with screws support a door of massive size. Take this and apply it to snorkeling. Little things like improper mask placement, (it has to be perfect) and possibly fins that are too tight can lead to BIG discomforts later and a BAD time.

Snorkeling is not, scary, frightening or dangerous and does not have to be, at all, once you are properly trained.

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We Want You To Have a Good Time

If you are not completely satisfied with your snorkeling experience with Private Snorkeling then we will completely refund your money. You have nothing to loose and an amazing experience to gain if you take lessons with us. We are the ONLY water sports company Worldwide that guarantees a joyous experience. We challenge you to find another agency that makes our guarantee. In addition, Private Snorkeling  with Laura, is the “Official Snorkeling Company” of Match.Com,  Vacation Village Marriott and Quality Inn & Suites of Hollywood, Florida.

How Do You Know If You Need Private Snorkeling Lessons?  Take this quick quiz only 8 questions to see if you qualify:

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1. You don’t like water on your face, eyes, nose or mouth

2. You have snorkeled in the past and have gotten water in your eyes or nose or choked on salt water in your mouth

3. You have a hard time treading water without getting out of breath

4. You find yourself always sinking and having to tread water

5. You are afraid of leaving land

6. You are afraid of water over your head

7. You love the ocean but are afraid of  jellies, sharks or sting ray

8. You tried snorkeling and got sea sick

If you answered “Yes” to any of the above questions than it would be a great idea to take private snorkeling lessons with Laura Parke, RN.

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Booking Private Snorkeling Lessons includes:

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One on One Professional Evaluation of:

Your Swimming

Your Equipment

Your Training

Your Professionally outfitted gear

You will gain ease and comfort, knowing you are safe and guarded by a professional in the pool. You will be with the same Snorkeling Instructor  throughout the entire time in the ocean. You will have a wonderful experience in the ocean interacting with marine life and fish for as long as you love doing it.

The entire snorkeling experience is a half day – weather permitting. We snorkel from 8- am to Noon or 1 pm to 5 pm, 7 days a week.

The Easiest Way to Go Snorkeling is Make a Phone Call.

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Hopefully, you will be one of those really smart folks and call now for a reservation, we work by appointment only.

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 then will you be asked to leave a message.

Laura works alone is because she can only take so many people per day and per week. The clients that are serious (not curious) call to make an appointment because they want to be a part of the special few that get to train with Laura on a daily basis.

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 by our company, period.

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 you Scuba Diving with Laura so book today.

P.P.S. Ok too, to call and ask questions and availability dates and pricing! 🙂

Listen to some Happy Divers!

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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.

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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.
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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.

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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.
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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!

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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!
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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!

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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!

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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!
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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
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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
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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.