About

Laura1 Laura is a successful entrepreneur, author, speaker, scuba instructor and expert. For the last eight years she has worked with and coached some of the world’s most successful business people and celebrity CEO’s and discriminating families. She has been seen in and on The Miami Herald, Sun-Sentinel, Tampa Tribune, Google, Travel Zoo and Trip Advisor.

Laura has over 30 years experience in scuba diving and is indeed a legitimate scuba expert. Her proprietary scuba techniques give solutions to fears and phobias associated with Scuba which makes her one of today’s most sought after and trusted Scuba Instructors. She has worked with handicap individuals, near dronwing victims and the elderly as well as very young children. Laura is the only Scuba Diving Instructor in the world to offer a money back guarantee if she can’t get you underwater with happiness and joy.

Laura is the founder and chairwoman of PrivateScubaLessons.com, a full service scuba instruction agency in the Miami and Fort Lauderdale areas. Laura is an internationally recognized Master Scuba Diving Trainer having issued over 700 professional certifications. Her clientele range from all over the United States, from California to Connecticut, Austria to Australia and many others.
Some of her more well known clients are the kids of Julio Iglesias and the CEO of Penthouse Magazine.

Scuba Diving was always Laura’s hobby and she has her Dad to thank for giving her an interest. She is a 3rd generation Native Floridian with Dad and her born in Miami Beach. Laura put on her first scuba equipment at the age of 9 years old and has been an avid scuba diver ever since.

An accomplished diver with 15 years plus of experience under the water before becoming a Scuba Instructor having more dive experiences than most trainers put together. Laura studied Scuba Diving with two of Scuba’s Industry Pioneers and Legends. She has first generation direct lineage with Tom Mount, President of IAND, (International Association of Nitrox Divers) and Dick Rutkowski, Founder and Inventor of Nitrox (N2O2) and Ocean Divers in Key Largo Florida. Laura’s Nitrox Certification card is number 818. She is one of the first 1000 people in the world, to become a Nitrox Enriched Diver.

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Laura is experienced in many facets of diving such as:

 

  • Treasure hunting
  • Shell collecting
  • Photography/Video
  • Night Diving
  • Underwater Navigation
  • Search and Recovery
  • Spearfish and Lobstering

She attends all the major Dive Equipment shows every year . A factory trained scuba technician for the Dive Equipment brands of Aqualung, Sherwood, Zeagle, Aeris, Seaquest, Genesis and Scuba Pro.
Laura has alliances with many distinguished hotels such as Vacation Village Marriott, The Westin Diplomat in Hollywood and The Hyatt on Ft. Lauderdale Beach.

Laura Parke was a former member of the North Miami Senior High School and AAU Swimming and Water Polo teams. In 1975 she was selected to the Women National All-American Water Polo Team. She worked as a Lifeguard in Miami Beach until college. She studied at Palm Beach Community College, graduated in 1981 and became an RN. (Registered Nurse)

Laura is a savvy business marketer and promotions manager and during her tenure in advertising acquired many community service awards and recognitions:

  • 1989 and 1992 Nominated in Advertising for Price Waterhouse and South Florida Business Journals “UP and COMERS” award.
  • 1992-1993 she served as President of the Miami Chapter of the American Marketing Association. Under her leadership, The Miami AMA received the Chapter Excellence Award which was in the aftermath of Hurricane Andrew. Laura was a AMA Officer on the AMA Board since 1987.
  • Board of Directors/Officer as Programming Chair for the Miami Advertising Federation 1999-2000
  • Board of Directors and Membership Chair for the Florida Direct Marketing Association. Serving in 1997/98 and again 2007-present
  • Graduate of Leadership Miami, Miami Chamber of Commerce Trustee Member 1991.
  • Member of Hollywood/Dania Beach Chamber of Commerce
  • Member of South Florida Interactive Marketing Association

Laura’s motto is: “Your life is your time and your time is your life. Choose wisely what you do with your life and your time, so you can have the time of your life.”

Laura supports the Humane Society of Broward County, Make a Wish Foundation, the Susan Komen Foundation, the ASPCA, Switchboard of Miami as well as many other Non-profit associations that have any pledge to help Animals, Children, Elderly, Education, Environmental Concerns, or Medical Causes.

Laura is available to you and is committed to assisting you scuba dive or snorkel for the first time. If you seek more instruction after certification or need polishing comfort and skill levels, she can help you immediately.  Maximum successful results guaranteed!