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Start Your Diver Education with the
PADI Open Water Diver Certification Course

at First Coast Divers


Are you a certified diver but it's been more than a year since your last dive? If so, then it’s a good & safe idea to enroll in our PADI Scuba Review (refresher) course.

Many charter operators will insist you take a refresher class if it has been more than 18 months since your last dive. Be proactive and do this before you leave for your dive vacation. Don’t put yourself in the position of not being able to dive because the charter operator doesn’t have an instructor or divemaster available to accompany you.



Students will be issued a Scuba Tune-up guidebook to study independently and refresh themselves so they are able to get back in the water!




  • Be at least 12 years old

  • Minimum of PADI  Open Water Diver

  • Good physical health & adequate swimming skills are a must





Choosing a scuba center to do your dive training can be a little confusing. You will hear some tout that they are PADI, NAUI, SSI & SDI dive centers. Those organizations are training agencies that the scuba center is affiliated with.


Sure…we could go into detail about what that entails but know this…PADI is the Worldwide Leader in Dive Education and the most recognized dive certification agency in the world. And PADI is certainly recognized as the highest quality in training materials, training standards, quality assurance & instructor development.


Rest assured…wherever you go in the world…your PADI Open Water Diver certification will be recognized. It’s the plain truth that other certification agencies cannot claim.

First Coast Divers is proud to be a PADI 5-Star Dive center and we’ve been proudly serving the North Florida area since 2007. We wholeheartedly believe that we have the best cadre of professional instructors in Jacksonville. We take what we do very seriously.


We are all very passionate about providing the safest & best scuba diving instruction in Jacksonville.


Not all scuba centers in Jacksonville offer this same level of quality. Above all, make sure you choose to do your dive training at a PADI-affiliated dive center that actually conducts PADI courses. Only then will you know that you are doing your dive training with the Worldwide Leader in Dive Education!

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Here at First Coast Divers, we offer a variety of different class formats for you to choose from depending on your desired pace of learning and the number of participants in each class. We also offer a ladies-only class.



  • PADI® (Professional Association of Diving Instructors®) is the world’s largest ocean exploration and diver organization, operating in 186 countries and territories, with a global network of more than 6,600 dive centers and resorts and over 128,000 professional members worldwide.

  • For over 50 years, PADI is undeniably The Way the World Learns to Dive®, maintaining its high standards for dive training, safety, and customer service, monitored for worldwide consistency and quality.

  • PADI offers the most solid system in diver education. PADI Instructors are trained and held to the diving industry’s highest standards for safety and performance that are recognized worldwide.


The PADI Difference


PADI Divers carry the most respected and sought-after scuba diving credentials in the world. No matter where you choose to dive, your PADI certification card will be recognized and accepted. In fact, on most scuba diving adventures, you’ll be surrounded by other PADI Divers who made the same certification choice you did – to train with the world’s largest and most respected scuba diving training organization.


How is PADI Different?


The PADI System of diver education is the most solid instruction system in diving. PADI courses are designed to make learning enjoyable and worthwhile. Under the guidance of your professional PADI Instructor, you gain confidence while mastering important safety concepts and skills. PADI Instructors are trained and held to diving’s highest standards, backed up by a solid, proactive quality management system.


Performance-Based Learning

You progress at your own pace as you demonstrate mastery of specific performance requirements essential to becoming a scuba diver. You must earn your PADI certification, but you do so in an encouraging and well-supported learning environment.


Educational Materials

Credentialed instructional designers use state-of-the-art technology and learning theories to create PADI materials with you, the student diver, in mind.


Educational Standards

All PADI programs, from entry-level through scuba instructor training, fall under strict educational standards monitored for worldwide consistency and quality. PADI takes a proactive approach to quality management and randomly surveys PADI Divers to confirm their courses meet PADI’s high standards as well as the divers’ expectations. No other diver training organization works to maintain this level of professional reliability and integrity.

Continuing Diver Education

The fun and enjoyment of being a confident scuba diver are fueled by continuing to improve your scuba skills. Each PADI course builds on the previous one, teaching you skills and techniques when you’re ready to learn them.

College Credit and Vocational Training

The unsurpassed quality of PADI materials, and the educational validity of PADI courses, have been independently acknowledged by international educational and vocational training authorities. You may be able to earn college credit for certain PADI courses or receive vocational training recognition toward national certificates.



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