440 N. Volusia Ave, Orange City, FL 32763
Jim Newell – Course Director
Florida Dive Company (FDC) was founded in 2017 by Jim Newell. Jims love for scuba diving quickly turned from a recreational hobby to a passion for providing education and training for other dive enthusiasts 🤿. Jim knew that he wanted to take a different approach to scuba diving and that is how FDC was born. His goal was to reduce class sizes and bring a much higher quality of training to his students.
Jim takes pride in his instructional methodology and adherence to course standards, all while providing a safe, fun, and memorable learning experience that will last a lifetime.
Jim and his wife Christine have three daughters who also share the love for all things sun and ocean. They have 2 rescue dogs; Cole (Great Dane) and Gizmo (Toy Yorkie), who are best friends and take up way too much room on the couch.
Mikol Rowland – Dive Master
Mikol is a family man with a passion for almost anything related to water. With their three kids, he and his wife enjoy outdoor activities like diving, scalloping, fishing 🐟, hiking, and hunting.
Mikol was raised on the water in Florida and he served 15 years of traveling the world with the U.S. Army (hooah!). P.S. Don’t forget to thank him for his service!
The Florida waters called him back for vacation adventures in the sunshine.
Looking for a new career, Mikol turned his love for the water into the professional world of scuba diving. As a divemaster, Mikol uses his positive attitude to keep diving fun and his military background to ensure constant attention to detail and safety every time he steps into the water.
Mackensie Stellrecht – Dive Shop Associate
Mackensie is originally from Ohio (We know 😂, cut her a break). She currently attends Stetson University and is majoring in aquatic and marine biology and environmental science. She has been diving since she was eighteen and is working towards becoming a dive master.
Mackensie’s favorite marine animal is an orca. She loves the ocean because of all the unique animals and feels like when she is in a whole other world when diving.
On behalf of Jim and staff, welcome to the Florida Dive Company family!