EDUCATION AND TRAINING
There are many choices to consider when selecting an agency and operator; however, we encourage you to evaluate your options and ask questions prior to beginning your first class. Our approach is community based vs competitive as the level of training is truly top-notch compared to the standard available courses being taught in the industry.
Partner, Instructor (Recreational, Sidemount, Technical)
As a child, Ryan was always fascinated with water. For over a decade he’s been a DIR instructor certified to teach Recreational, Technical, and Sidemount specialties through Scuba Diving International (SDI), Technical Diving International (TDI), Scuba School International (SSI), and Rebreather Association of International Divers (RAID); formerly with Unified Team Diving (UTD).
Ryan is accredited with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management & Finance, and currently serves as the Vice President for the Palmetto Ocean Conservancy non-profit organization. Prior to teaching full time, he worked as a professional photographer and videographer for the US NAVY.
When on dry land, you’ll find him spending time vacationing anywhere the Ocean is blue, catching waves, and enjoying a nice aged rum on the beach.
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Since the age of three I have been fascinated with water. As a fearless child the thought of floating and swimming in the ocean became a part of my life. By the time I was 15, I traveled to the Virgin Islands and discovered my true love for freediving the ocean. Despite the magnificent blue water and rainbow painted reefs, I needed more! I needed more time underwater and took my first SCUBA lesson the following year.
Fast forward to 2004 where I enlisted in the US NAVY as a photographer and videographer. Learning to shoot professionally on land, my imagination of capturing life underwater only grew stronger. My career at the time presented opportunities to photograph around the world in remote destinations where famous photographs came before. Being certified, I could finally capture the moments I dreamed of as a kid.
In 2010, the decision to become a professional was made. My passion was becoming a profession, and developing future explorers occupied my mind. The goal: Teach divers to find their passion in recreational depths, and continue developing skills and confidence in others to push past their personal limits and technical boundaries. In 2014, I moved to Florida after resigning from the Federal Government, my first dive business was established in Pembroke Pines, Florida and grew to become what is now known as AQUI Water Sports. Starting from a DIR (doing it right) Instructor ethos, there was no substitute to keeping true to my responsibility of care for students. To NEVER compromise on the quality of education. As an Independent instructor, trial and error in building a solid training foundation was paramount.
I am certified to teach Recreational, Technical, and Sidemount specialties through Scuba Diving International (SDI), Technical Diving International (TDI), Scuba School International (SSI), and Rebreather Association of International Divers (RAID). Having certified and worked with thousands of divers around the world, the passion and excitement still continue to grow daily. What I never expected was meeting and having the opportunity to change so many lives.
I hold a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management and Finance, and currently serve as the Vice President for the Palmetto Ocean Conservancy (http://palmettooceanconservancy.org) non-profit organization. When on dry land, I spend time at my second home in Nicaragua catching waves, and traveling to remote destinations.
LANDON LASSETER, MD, MS, MBA
Partner, Instructor (Recreational, Sidemount, Technical, CCR)
Landon’s passion for diving began with a trip to Honduras and he has been hooked ever since. Having over a decade of experience in the dive industry, he now offers a variety of training across all levels. Teaching for multiple agencies, his courses range from recreational to the technical, including trimix to CCR, and as a trained healthcare professional, a BLS Instructor through the AHA.
In his spare time, he can often be found exploring the many wrecks the Fort Lauderdale area has to offer, or cave diving in North Florida. Landon is a partner in Deep 6 Gear, a dive equipment manufacturing company, and holds additional certifications and training including BLS, ACLS, PALS, DMAC L1 (Medical Examiner of Divers), and DMAC 2D (Physicians Training in Diving Medicine). As a firm believer in always expanding his base of knowledge to provide a wider educational experience for students, his diving activities have taken him from Grenada in the Caribbean, to Spain, all the way to Indonesia for research.
AQUI WATER SPORTS PROVIDES OUR LOCAL CUSTOMERS WITH AN EXCLUSIVE HANDS-ON RETAIL EXPERIENCE. WE OFFER EDUCATION, EQUIPMENT, AND ADVENTURES IN A WIDE VARIETY OF WATER SPORTS ACTIVITIES INCLUDING SCUBA DIVING, SNORKELING, FREEDIVING, MARINE CAMP, STAND UP PADDLE BOARDING, KAYAKING, KITEBOARDING, AND MORE. OUR INSTRUCTORS ARE UNMATCHED IN HIGH-QUALITY TRAINING IN SOUTH FLORIDA.