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Jack’s Diving Locker began on August 1, 1981 in Kona, Hawaii. “Jack” was Jack Clothier, a NAUI Instructor, NAUI Course Director, and NAUI branch manager for Hawaii and the West Pacific. He was also one of the original owners of BoJack’s Dive Center on Oahu. He was instrumental in bringing sport diving to the state of Hawaii in the 1970’s.
The Early Years
Focus on Friendship
With a new motto, “Our friendly people make the difference,” Jeff and Teri Leicher had a good time taking people on the boat and simply having fun! From the start, people who came out with Jack’s Diving Locker easily became “repeats” and established wonderful friendships with the Leichers and the crew.
The Grateful Years
Jerry was so impressed with Kona diving he testified at a Hawaii state hearing in support of a mooring buoy project the Leichers began in 1986. In addition, the Grateful Dead made a sizable contribution for mooring buoy installation. Now with over 90 moorings on the Kona Coast, the project is still monitored by Jack’s Diving Locker today.
A Place to Call Home
By 2001 the business had outgrown the second shop and our staff said that it was time to upgrade. Working together and with the help of architect Terry Cisco (who happens to be married to Tina Clothier), we designed our dream dive facility. It was completed at the end of 2003.
On November 16, 2005 Jack’s purchased Kona Coast Divers, founded in 1983. With the purchase, Jack’s acquired the Kona Coast location at the Honokohau Harbor Fuel Dock and an additional boat bringing our fleet of dive boats to 4.
And on Monday September 25, 2006 Jack’s rejoiced at the arrival of the latest addition to our dive boat fleet. We took ownership of a brand new Newton Enforcer, a 31′ fiberglass hulled boat that was built in Slidel Louisiana. In the spring of 2007 we welcomed Kea Nui, our second Newton manufactured dive boat.
A Vision for the Future
From the start, Jeff and Teri Leicher of Jack’s Diving Locker had a vision to share Hawaii’s underwater world with a focus on friendship and a spirit of adventure. The couple loved meeting new folks and taking them to dive sites on the Kona Coast such as Suck’em Up Lava Tube, Golden Arches, or Kaiwi Point. With crystal clear water, beautiful coral reefs, lava rock arches and caverns, Jeff and Teri knew they were in the perfect place for their profession. Divers enjoyed the colorful reef fish, curious sea turtles, playful dolphins, and much more. To this day, Jeff, Teri, and the staff at Jack’s Diving Locker have an amazing time showing their divers the wonders of Hawaii’s marine environment.