Fort Lauderdale Dive Instructors

Get Scuba Certified in Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Looking for the adventure of a lifetime in Fort Lauderdale? May we suggest a lifetime of adventures instead? Here at Divers Direct, our dive professionals are ready to assist and train you in everything you need to know. When you complete the course, you’ll walk out with your certification.

Because we are customer-focused, we’re here to help with your gear too. Our gear experts listen and help you find the gear you need. Being the largest dive shop in Fort Lauderdale, we like to make it easy so you spend more time having fun. Besides, with 40 years in the industry, we might know a few good dive spots and dive boats. Some of the best dive spots are right off the beach in the Fort Lauderdale area.

Soon you’ll look forward to the captain saying, “Dive, dive, dive” and we’re thrilled to partner with you as you start your lifetime of adventures.

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Michael Hallman

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As a retired USCG Naval Engineer/Rescue Swimmer, Mike knows something about diving. Diving is a passion for Mike and getting to share that experience with others is his inspiration. He said, “The first time a new student feels the freedom diving allows and starts exploring, that’s what it’s all about.” Mike is a native Floridian who’s grown up on and in the water, and he looks forward to assisting you on your diving journey.

Whether you’re starting with your Open Water certification or ready to delve into Wrecks, Search and Recovery, or more advanced diving, Mike is more than capable of helping guide you along your journey and ensures to teach you all you need to know.

John Cassidy


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John is a certified scuba instructor with over 30 years of diving experience. He’s passionate about teaching people how to explore the underwater world and finds it incredibly rewarding to help students gain the skills and confidence they need to dive safely and enjoyably. He’s also a passionate advocate for marine conservation and always looking for new ways to educate people about the importance of protecting our oceans. In his spare time, he loves to explore new dive sites, both in our local area and around the world.

In addition to teaching Open Water Scuba Diving Courses, John also teaches a range of specialty courses such as wreck diving, night diving, and deep diving. The best way to learn is from experiencing the underwater world firsthand, and luckily Florida has some of the best diving locations in the world. Whether in the vibrant reefs of the Caribbean, local shipwrecks, or Truk Lagoon in Micronesia, John is always excited to help his students explore and discover the wonders of the underwater world.

Jose Barba


Jose is a seasoned scuba instructor with 34 years of experience. He has dedicated his life to the exploration of the underwater world. His passion for diving has not only shaped his career but also inspired countless individuals to discover the beauty and wonders hidden beneath the ocean's surface. From teaching basic diving skills to leading advanced underwater expeditions, Barba's expertise and love for marine life have left an indelible mark on the diving community.