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, 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...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 in 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.
MEET THE FIRST COAST DIVERS TEAM
One of the things Dan 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.
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.
In 2003, he decided to take his training to the next level and become a certified PADI Instructor.
Lee has over 20 years of diving experience, with the last 9+ years spent teaching at First Coast Divers. He currently leads the travel department for First Coast Divers.
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."
Allan started diving in Virginia and loved it so much he wanted to share diving with others. He has dove off the coast of Virginia, North Carolina, Florida, the Puget Sound in Washington State, Belize, Honduras, Mexico, the Red Sea in Aqaba, Jordan, and Bahrain.
His favorite dives are wreck and night dives. He loves exploring and enjoys introducing others to the awesome underwater world and making new friends.
Sean has been a certified diver since 2009 and earned his PADI Master Scuba Diver certification in 2011 at the age of 14. Sean actively dives with college friends and members of his hometown dive club (The Emerald Coast Scubaholics) in Destin, Florida.
He strives to make sure every customer he helps is satisfied with their service and equipment so that they can gain the most enjoyment from their diving adventures.