Omaha

Meet our team

Aaron Parson

Retail Associate
Advanced Open Water Instructor

I am a level 8 diver, have over 15 years experience as a scuba instructor, and I believe in preparing my students for their lifelong scuba journey. I will spend the time you need to ensure you are comfortable diving before sending you to the open water.

Phone: 402.933.6251

Abbiey Elsasser

Retail Associate

Abbiey is a level 2 diver, has been diving on and off since 2010, while occasionally running off to sail tall ships on the Great Lakes, save animals in the wilds of Wisconsin, hug trees, and build tiny homes. She enjoys helping the young and old, able bodied or not, take their first dive into the world of scuba.

Phone: 402.933.6251

Allan Albert

Divemaster

Al started diving in 2014 and has logged over 100 dives since becoming certified. He is a Divemaster, a level 5 diver and active in the Landlocked Scuba Club. His favorite dive locations include Key Largo, the Bahamas, Cozumel, Jamaica, and Table Rock Lake. In between dives he teaches in the Social Science department at Bellevue East High School.

Phone: 402.933.6251

Amiey Elsasser

Retail Sales Associate

Since I am Abbiey’s twin sister, I have to do everything she can, so I followed suit and got scuba certified in 2010. Unfortunately I didn’t do any diving again until 2015 when I discovered adaptive scuba and fell in love with the sport all over again. Now my passion is helping everyone, especially those with disabilities see only possibilities underwater and beyond. I am a level 3 diver.

Phone: 402.933.6251

Blake Vaught

Swim Instructor

I’ve taught swimming lessons for years and enjoy spending my summers working as a lifeguard. I really enjoy being a part of the DiVentures team and seeing how much the instructors care about their students!

Phone: 402.933.6251

Brian Bulin

Divemaster

I have always been intrigued by the ocean but fear kept me from exploring the underwater world. I finally took a Try Scuba class in 2015 and have been captivated by the wondrous world of diving ever since. I’m now a level 6 diver and love seeing new divers crush their anxieties and building confidence. I will dive anywhere, anytime, any season with anyone needing a dive buddy or dive guide.

Phone: 402.933.6251

Chad Binder

Assistant Instructor Trainer

Chad has been diving since 2002 and shares his passion with his family. His wife is an Advanced Open Water Instructor and his son is an Advanced Open Water Diver. Chad is a level 9 diver and teaches a variety of classes and specialties. With a goal of diving all seven continents, he loves finding new dive destinations.

Phone: 402.933.6251

Christine Hughey

Marketing Director

Christine grew up spending summers at the pool and at the lake. She’s a frequent traveler and has been on dive trips around the world. She received her scuba certification in 2017 and is a level 4 diver. She enjoys helping people discover the beauty of the underwater world and experience life-changing travel adventures.

Phone: 402.933.6251

Chuck Sellers

Assistant Instructor

Chuck has been diving since the mid 90’s when he completed his first dives in the great lakes. Although Chuck enjoys the warm Caribbean waters each year, his focus is on local inland lake diving, spear fishing and cavern diving.

Phone: 402.933.6251

Dave Dietze

Lead Scuba Instructor
Advanced Open Water Instructor

Dave learned to dive in 1985 while stationed in Okinawa, Japan. Previously a PADI rescue diver, Dave currently teaches a variety of SSI specialties and is a level 8 diver. With his own photography business, he has a real passion for teaching Underwater Photography.

Phone: 402.933.6251

Dave Wiegand

Assistant Instructor Trainer

After serving 25 years in the Air Force as an instructor pilot and jumpmaster, I have a real passion for teaching and I enjoy helping people increase their confidence and ability in an activity that can be a bit outside their comfort level. I am a level 7 diver and love to help people experience the thrill of diving on their own.

Phone: 402.933.6251

David Bulin

Divemaster

My dad was an avid diver when he was younger, so diving is in my blood. I started diving in 2015 when my brother and I decided to do a Try Scuba with Diventures and were hooked. I have experienced diving the waters of Canada and Mexico. I look forward helping new divers in their journey to get certified and diving new places. I am a Level 4 diver.

Phone: 402.933.6251

Dean Hollis

Founder
Open Water Diver Instructor

Dean has been diving since he was 16 and still loves it as much as when he started. Dean is a level 10 diver and teaches several specialties, including spearfishing and scuba rangers. He leads a few trips each year, usually in the Caribbean, because they are close and easy to get to and he prefers the more authentic islands. Dean founded DiVentures to help as many people as possible enjoy spending time in and around the water.

Phone: 402.933.6251

Delaney Hill

Swim Instructor

I love working with kids and seeing the progression of their swimming skills!

Phone: 402.933.6251

Doug Junge

Assistant Instructor

Doug has been diving since 2012 and is a level 6 diver. He has travelled throughout the Caribbean experiencing different reef systems and cultures. Doug is also a Physical Therapist and loves to share his love for the ocean with his patients and others.

Phone: 402.933.6251

Elizabeth Neilsen

Swim Instructor

I swam competitively in high school and have been in the water my whole life. I came to DiVentures because of my love and passion for swimming and children. I enjoy being part of the hard-working, dedicated group of instructors here!

Phone: 402.933.6251

Frank Wells

General Manager
Instructor Certifier

Frank has been diving since the 60’s with dive experiences across the world. Certified as an instructor in 1975, he has the distinction of being a Course Director Emeritus with NAUI, an Instructor for the elite SSI Platinum Pro 5000, an SSI Instructor Certifier and level 10 diver. His knowledge, demeanor and expertise make him an excellent instructor and a great dive buddy.

Phone: 402.933.6251

George Pasika

Assistant Instructor

George was certified in 2010. His passion for diving led him to become a dive professional and share his knowledge and experience with new divers young and old. His favorite part of teaching is seeing people succeed.

Phone: 402.933.6251

Greg Allen

Store Manager
Divemaster

Greg has enjoyed swimming and water sports since childhood, so entering the underwater world through scuba was inevitable. Greg is a level 5 diver. Most of Greg’s diving has taken place in the Florida Keys, Mexican Caribbean and local quarries. When forced to take extended surface intervals, Greg enjoys bicycling, target shooting and listening to live music.

Phone: 402.933.6251

Heather Layne

Swim Instructor

I have been swimming my whole life and love being in the water. In middle school, I was a swimmer and in high school I joined the dive team. Swimming is natural to me and a very important safety skill. At DiVentures, I enjoy sharing the joy of swimming with kids. I love bringing smiles to kids’ faces and look forward to seeing them succeed in the water!

Phone: 402.933.6251

Jack McEachen

Swim Instructor

I learned to swim at a young age and have always enjoyed being in the water, whether it be snorkeling on vacation or swimming at a local lake. I even taught my three children to swim! I believe everyone should know how to swim; you never know when your life may depend on it!

Phone: 402.933.6251

Jackson Fowler

Swim Instructor

I enjoy helping kids learn and enjoy swimming while improving their skills in the water. Having been in the water for most of my own life, I understand swimming well through my own experiences and mistakes and can help others learn from theirs!

Phone: 402.933.6251

Janna Binder

Advanced Open Water Instructor

Janna has been diving since 1995 when she learned in the pool on the backlot tour at Walt Disney World. She’s been an instructor since 2012, is a level 7 diver, has a deep interest in marine life and loves teaching Fish ID.

Phone: 402.933.6251

Jason Anderson

Open Water Diver Instructor
Service Technician

Jason has valuable experience in diving in diverse water conditions. As a level 7 diver, he possesses a high level of scuba and water safety knowledge. He is an open water instructor and teaches several specialty classes. Jason is a full-time Captain for the Omaha Fire Department and is a member of Omaha’s Public Safety Dive Team.

Phone: 402.933.6251

Jessika Leahy

Swim Instructor

I love seeing kids enjoy the water as much as I do and take pride in my part of it!

Phone: 402.933.6251

Josh Fedde

Swim Instructor

I work with DiVentures because I love teaching kids. Seeing their confidence and enjoyment in the water grow as they learn is the best part!

Phone: 402.933.6251

Kait Harter

Swim Instructor

As a young child I had the privilege of growing up on the water; I fell in love immediately. Throughout my older years, I spent a lot of time in the water with my younger cousins and family. Those memories pushed me to become a swim instructor and share my passion for swimming!

Phone: 402.933.6251

Karen Belair

Swim Instructor

My aquatic background spans 30+ years including competitive swimming, triathlon and over four years teaching at DiVentures. I love teaching and coaching, both children and adults. I have an upbeat, enthusiastic teaching style, and am especially passionate about stroke technique.

Phone: 402.933.6251

Katie Hangren

Swim Instructor

I’m a part of DiVentures because I love to be in the water with kids and teaching. I have several years of experience teaching and coaching swimming, and it’s exciting to be able to pursue my interests in the water as a part of this team!

Phone: 402.933.6251

Katy Roberts

Operations Strategist
Assistant Instructor

Katy received her Junior Open Water Diver certification in 2002 and has been doing her best to explore the other 70% of our planet ever since. She joined DiVentures in 2010, is a level 7 diver, and has logged over 300 dives in locations around the world. She has a wealth of knowledge concerning dive equipment, international travel, and most things scuba.

Phone: 402.933.6251

Keith Holmes

Dive Guide

Since he was a boy of 8, living on the shores of North Carolina, watching the scuba divers, Keith has always wanted to swim with the fishes. It only took him 40 years and a move to Nebraska to do just that. He has been diving since 2015, is a level 5 diver, and very active in the Landlocked Scuba Club. When not underwater Keith can be found working with children as a Kid’s Pastor at a local church, riding his motorcycle or hanging with family and friends on his back porch.

Phone: 402.933.6251

Kenny Elms

Divemaster

Bio coming soon.

Phone: 402.933.6251

Kevin Campbell

Assistant Store Manager
Assistant Instructor

I received my Open Water Certification in 1999, completed level 5 Master Diver certification and am working toward Instructor. Most of my diving has been in southern California, where I’m from. I’m enjoying local Midwest diving and meeting divers who love the water as much as I do.

Phone: 402.933.6251

Laura Teten

Swim Instructor

I started competitively swimming at age 6, but I’ve always been around the water. I love taking something I can do and using that experience to teach others. I chose to be part of this company over other swim schools because DiVentures has a great swimming lessons program, and I look forward to helping our swimmers achieve their goal of learning to swim!

Phone: 402.933.6251

Maleah Rohe

Swim Instructor

I initially started taking scuba classes here and was interested in getting more involved with DiVentures – turns out, swim instructor was my opportunity and I’m glad I took it! I love being in the pool and working with all the people we teach. The challenge that comes with new students and different learning styles keep me on my toes and I keep trying, even when things get difficult.

Phone: 402.933.6251

Marsha Lincoln

Aquatics Admin
Swim Instructor

I love teaching swim, bonding with the kids and seeing them reach their full potential. I love building relationships with all of our swim families.

Phone: 402.933.6251

Marty Hannaford

Advanced Open Water Instructor

Marty has been diving since 2005, has been an Instructor since 2012 and has over 500 dives. His dive experience includes the Caribbean and Pacific Islands. He’s also a a Rebreather Instructor and certified to teach a wide variety of specialty courses.

Phone: 402.933.6251

Max Dayton

Swim Instructor

I love helping people accomplish their goals; seeing the fun and hard work result in lasting skills and accomplishments. I’m a committed and enthusiastic teacher for both children and adults.

Phone: 402.933.6251

Megan Oswald

Travel Program Director
Divemaster

Megan fell in love with the underwater world the first time she went diving and she loves helping people discover it’s beauty. As a level 5 diver, she appreciates her career focused on her passion for diving and the water. And she is always excited to talk about diving and traveling.

Phone: 402.933.6251

Mike Poole

Open Water Diver Instructor

Mike has been diving since the 70s while in college. His military career provided opportunities to dive around the world. With an undergrad degree in Environmental Science, and a master’s degree in Aerospace Sciences, he loves both flying and diving. Mike’s passion while diving is searching for artifacts and fossils in the rivers and shallow surf off the southeast United States. Mike is a level 9 diver.

Phone: 402.933.6251

Molly Mangan

Retail Associate

Working at DiVentures allows me to pursue my passion!

Phone: 402.933.6251

Nick Paulsen

Retail Associate

Nick is a level 4 diver and has been diving since 2014 when he fell in love with diving in Cozumel, Mexico. He has been with Diventures since 2015, is a Divemaster and aspires to become an Instructor. He has a passion for the ocean and the animals that make their home in it.

Phone: 402.933.6251

Olivia Day

Retail Associate

Ever since I was a child I have been amazed by the ocean. One of my biggest dreams growing up was to scuba dive. Finally, I had an opportunity to get my Open Water Certification in November 2017 while living in Costa Rica. As a level 1 diver, I look forward to inspiring others to pursue scuba diving and advancing my personal scuba skills and knowledge.

Phone: 402.933.6251

Pat Purkhiser

Instructor Trainer
Service Technician

Pat has been diving since the 70’s. As a level 10 diver with over 5,300 dives, he has an incredible depth of scuba and marine life knowledge. He is a certified Instructor Trainer and teaches multiple specialty classes. A full-time educator, he also teaches zoology and anatomy at the Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium.

Phone: 402.933.6251

Reilly Granberg

Swim Instructor

I love seeing my students succeed in ways they never thought possible. It’s fulfilling to see each student’s improved swimming.

Phone: 402.933.6251

Sarah Hunt

Retail Associate

I’ve always loved the water and am so excited to be learning to dive!

Phone: 402.933.6251

Sarah Osborn

Swim Instructor

I love being in the water and swimming. Being a teacher allows me to share that love and teach others to swim and love the water. I have been swimming for over 10 years and all that I have learned from swim team helps me to teach others.

Phone: 402.933.6251

Scott Hegenbart

Divemaster

Scott has been involved with aquatics all his life and fulfilled a lifelong dream when he received his open water certification from Diventures in 2012. A level 4 diver, Scott particularly enjoys diving at various locations in Mexico and off the Florida Keys. He actively encourages other potential divers not to wait nearly as long as he did to start exploring the underwater world.

Phone: 402.933.6251

Shane Hunter

Open Water Diver Instructor

Shane has been a full time public safety professional since 1990 and a Public Safety Diver since 2008. Shane is also a leadership development instructor and delivers specialized training designed to maintain a high level of performance and confidence under stress.

Phone: 402.933.6251

Steve Hall

Service Manager

Steve became a certified diver in 1965 and has been diving ever since. He is a level 7 diver. He has over six years of scuba service experience and is certified to service all the brands we carry.

Phone: 402.933.6251

Susana Martinez

Swim Instructor

I joined the DiVentures team because I wanted to share my love and knowledge of swimming to young, eager swimmers. Swim instruction suits me because I am open to feedback and learning new techniques to teach swimming skills and improve myself and my swimmers, as well as encourage and help my coworkers to do their best!

Phone: 402.933.6251

Ted Fitzsimmons

Instructor Trainer
Service Technician

Ted is a level 8 diver and has been diving since 2006 with over 1,000 dives. He is a certified Instructor Trainer with SSI, a Lifeguard CPR/FA/AED/O2 Instructor with American Red Cross, an a certified D.A.N. Instructor. He is also a full-time law enforcement officer in the state of Nebraska.

Phone: 402.933.6251

Tiffinie Randall

Aquatics Manager

I’ve been swimming since before I could walk and began competitively swimming at 10. I started coaching at 18 which allowed me to pursue the passion I have for the water with other swimmers. It makes me happy to be working in such a wonderful facility alongside caring staff who continue to instill that same passion for swimming in others!

Phone: 402.933.6251

Trent Carney

Swim Instructor

I have a lot of prior swimming experience on city rec teams, club teams, and my varsity high school team. I also love to coach and help swimmers to improve both their speed and technique.

Phone: 402.933.6251

Tyler Carrier

Swim Instructor

I love helping others feel confident and safe in the water.

Phone: 402.933.6251

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