North Liberty, IA

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Ryan Oestreich

Area Director
Independent Open Water Diver Instructor

As a level 5 diver, I enjoy helping teach students about the awesome sport of diving. Diventures is the reason I am a dive professional, have developed skills and gained experience diving. I love being able to share what I learn with our customers.

Phone: 417.883.5151
Email: [email protected]

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Olivia Smith

Scuba Experience Manager
Independent Assistant Instructor

Olivia grew up in Iowa on the Mississippi River, where her love for all things aquatic first began. She obtained her open water certification in 2017 and is now a Divemaster, with hopes of becoming an Assistant Instructor. Throughout the years, she has gained a plethora of scuba knowledge and experience. Olivia chose to join the Diventures team in order to spread her passion for diving and aquatic life with others.

Email: [email protected]

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Rachel Gifford

Aquatics Experience Lead
Swim Teacher

Rachel was born and raised in Palm City, Florida, and relocated to Iowa in the winter of 2018. Growing up, she was always in the water, whether it was surfing, spearfishing, or snorkeling. Rachel has a two-year-old son who shares her love for the water, and they spend a lot of time traveling, boating, and camping together as a family. In addition to her role at Diventures, she also teaches water aerobics at her gym in Cedar Rapids. Anything related to water always beckons her. Rachel’s goal at Diventures is to ensure safety for clients in and around the water, from teaching survival swimming skills to leisurely swimming. She aims to make the experience fun and rewarding for everyone involved.

Email: [email protected]

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Anna Schrock

Scuba Experience Lead

Anna became a certified diver in May 2023. After numerous quarry dives and an awesome trip to Cozumel, she is now an Advanced Open Water Diver. Her dream is to become an instructor so she can help others find their passion for diving.

Email: [email protected]

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Mac “Chance” Palmer

Customer Experience Specialist

I started scuba diving roughly 4 years ago…my goal is to become an instructor and share my passion of diving with everyone I can…my wish and desire is to further my education and knowledge to better assist and guide future divers.

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Will Errington

Customer Experience Specialist

Will is Open Water certified and has been diving for 3 years. He obtained his certificate while living in Bermuda for four years where he also participated in other aquatic activities such as swimming, lionfishing, lobster diving, and cliff jumping. Having experienced life on a tropical island Will is very similar with all the best activities to participate in when on vacation. He is currently a senior in high school at Mount Vernon and plans to attend the University of Iowa.

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Izzy Vance

Swim Teacher

Izzy started teaching at Diventures in 2022. She loves teaching babies and level 1 swim students. Izzy believes getting young children into swim lessons is important for a lifetime of safety in and around the water. She wants everyone to be safe while having fun in the water.

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Jazzy Grau

Swim Teacher

Jazzy likes to surf and play bass.

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Kaylee Wilson

Swim Teacher

Kaylee grew up participating in swim teams and swim clubs throughout her childhood. She has been working with children for 5+ years. She loves working with children and helping them to learn skills and confidence around the water.

Email: [email protected]

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Susane “Susi” Jaeger

Swim Teacher

Susi loves being in the water!! With more than 20 years of teaching and coaching aquatics, she still feels excitement watching new swimmers (of all ages!) accomplish their abilities to become comfortable and confident in the water. She finds great rewards in being a teacher for North Liberty.

Phone: 319.665.2741

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Andrew Belz

Swim Teacher

Andrew was a competitive swimmer for four years before teaching swim lessons at Diventures. He loves teaching and has over three years of experience working with elementary and middle school-aged children.

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Angie Fuller

Assistant Instructor Trainer

Angie’s love for diving started with her dad, a Navy diver in Vietnam, teaching her how to snorkel in their swimming pool. After her first successful pool dive, she was hooked. She is a level 8 diver. Angie and her husband love sharing their passion for diving with others. Her favorite sea creature is the seahorse, and her latest focus has been on digital videography and capturing the action to share with others back on land.

Phone: 319.665.2741
Email: [email protected]

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Dane Christians

Swim Teacher
Lifeguard

Bio coming soon!

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Eric Upchurch

Independent Assistant Instructor

My children and I were certified in 2016, and now I am a level 5 diver. Diving has allowed me to satisfy many desires including a passion for the ocean and its inhabitants, travel, people, gadgets, and personal development. As a dive professional, nothing excites me more than to share my passion with others. Diving has provided me with friends from all over the world, both above and below the surface.

Phone: 319.331.3738

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Izzy Vance

Swim Teacher

Izzy’s been teaching swim lessons since 2021. She loves teaching children to have confidence while being safe in and around the water.

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Jeff Hynek

Independent Open Water Instructor

I was so confident about my ability and love for diving, that I actually purchased a total dive package before signing up for my first class. I showed up to the pool with every piece of dive equipment I would ever need, even had it all in a travel dive bag. That was in 2007. I never stopped taking classes and advancing my career. I became a dive professional in 2009. Now I dive with two of my kids who are certified also. My first dive in the ocean was with sharks in the Bahamas. I dove in Guam, the only place in the world where you can touch a WW1 and WW2 shipwreck at the same time. The earth is 70% water, might as well get under those waves and see what’s going on!

Phone: 319.665.2741

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Joe Fuller

Independent Instructor Trainer

I am a level 8 diver and have been diving since 2007. I have traveled to many places to dive both in salt water and fresh water. I love to photograph the underwater world and share my experiences with others.

Phone: 319.665.2741
Email: [email protected]

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Joe Williams

Open Water Instructor

Bio coming soon.

Phone: 319.665.2741

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Joey Johnson

Independent Open Water Instructor

Joey’s love for the water began at an early age with rafting, swimming and exploring the rivers and oceans of the Pacific Northwest. He joined the SSI dive program through Diventures in 2018 and worked his way to a level 4 Divemaster and then Open Water Instructor. Jim enjoys helping people of all ages learn how to be comfortable in the water so that they can also experience all that the underwater world has to offer.

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Josh Johnson

Open Water Instructor

Bio coming soon.

Phone: 319.665.2741

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Mark Schipper

Independent Open Water Diver Instructor

I have been diving since 1992. My favorite places to dive are anywhere in the Caribbean. I became a Dive Pro around 2018 and an Open Water Diver Instructor in September of 2021. My goals for the future are to retire and live off a boat for the rest of my life.

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Morgan Saylor

Customer Experience Specialist

Morgan began diving in 2023 while living in Isla Mujeres, Mexico. It was love at first sight and she immediately began her dive pro career. She then worked in Mexico for the next 6 months. Her dream is to become an instructor specializing in adaptive diving techniques to make scuba more accessible for everyone. 

Email: [email protected]

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Paul Hutton

Independent Open Water Instructor

Bio coming soon.

Phone: 319.665.2741

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Quinn Gillespie

Swim Teacher

Quinn’s swim background includes teaching swim lessons and lifeguarding for two years. She loves being interactive with kids and seeing them improve every lesson.

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