Open Water Class Schedule

2017 Dates

Nov. 2, 3 (Class/Pool); 4, 5 (Springs)

Nov. 30, Dec 1 (Class/Pool); Dec. 2, 3 (Springs)

2018 Dates

Jan. 25, 26 (Class/Pool); 27, 28 (Springs)

Feb. 22, 23 (Class/Pool); 24, 25 (Springs)

Mar. 8, 9 (Class/Pool); 10, 11 (Springs)

Mar. 22, 23 (Class/Pool); 24, 25 (Springs)

Apr. 12, 13 (Class/Pool); 14, 15 (Springs)

Apr. 26, 27 (Class/Pool); 28, 29 (Springs)

Important Message For New Divers


It is imperative that new divers realize the importance of a thorough learning experience. Some of our competitors offer an expedited class, rushing through the entire course in a single two-day weekend. While this time frame may be very appealing, it is not very conducive to learning the ins-and-outs of being a SAFE diver. Our class structure allows us to address each student's needs by providing a slower paced, more thorough learning experience. If you have already completed an expedited class, and you do not feel comfortable with your learning experience, we encourage you to contact us so we can provide you with some remedial training during one of our scheduled Open Water Diver classes.

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About First Coast Divers

First Coast Divers was first opened for business in Jacksonville, FL in March of 2007 and is owned and operated by Dan Mechelke. From the beginning, Dan's business philosophy has always been to offer the highest quality products with the highest level of personal service. This is why First Coast Divers exclusively sells Aqua Lung gear (and their fine family of products) and has partnered with PADI to offer the best dive training in the world.

Although our prices are competitive, here at First Coast Divers, we realize that we may not be the least expensive dealer from which to buy your gear and to receive your training. And it will never be our goal to be that type of store. Our goal is to exceed our customers' expectations in regards to the quality of products and quality of service we offer.

We believe in building lasting relationships with our customers based on trust. We believe is treating people the way we would want to be treated. And we believe in deeds and not just words. It is our goal to be your hometown dive center.

Please contact us anytime with any questions and/or concerns.

Dan Mechelke

Dan Mechelke is the owner of First Coast Divers and is also a PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer. Before opening First Coast Divers in his hometown of Jacksonville, he worked for Ocean Divers in Key Largo, FL.

One of the things he enjoys most about diving is the camaraderie with fellow divers...meeting new people and making new friends. For Dan, diving is just as much a social event as it is an adventure sport.

His personal passions in diving are spear fishing, underwater videography and having a good time with friends.

Lee Greene

Lee has fifteen years of diving experience, with the last three years spent teaching at First Coast Divers. He currently leads the travel department for First Coast Divers. Lee enjoys the privilege of working with all the beginning divers as the lead Open Water Diver course instructor.

When asked what he loves about teaching he says it’s seeing the spark in the eyes of the students when they realize that they have opened up a new world of experience and adventure through diving.

Rob Youngblood

Rob is a native of Jacksonville, FL and has enjoyed working in the diving world for over 20 years. He began diving in Okinawa, Japan in 1989 while deployed with the United States Marine Corps. Throughout his career, Rob took the opportunity to dive in many different countries across the globe to increase his diving knowledge and experience through the PADI Continuing Education System. In 2003, he decided to take his training to the next level and become a certified PADI Instructor.

Rob retired from the Marine Corps in 2006, after completing 20 years of service. He now resides on the west side of Jacksonville with his wife and two children.