Omaha

Meet our team

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Aaron Parson

Customer Experience Specialist
Advanced Open Water Diver 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
Email: [email protected]

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Alisa Moody

Customer Experience Specialist

Alisa is originally from Florida and has an extensive aquatic background. She was a competitive swimmer for 9 years and has been a lifeguard, swim teacher, and swim coach for over 14 years. She became an open water diver instructor in college and instructed in her home state and in the Caribbean for almost 7 years. When she is not in the water, Alisa has worked as a Kindergarten teacher and travel agent. She is thrilled to join the Diventures family!

Phone: 402.933.6251

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Allan Albert

Assistant Instructor

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

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Bridget Freeman

Swim Teacher

Bio coming soon!

Phone: 402.933.6251

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Chad Binder

Instructor Trainer
Extended Range Instructor

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
Email: [email protected]

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Chase Hall

Swim Teacher

I love helping swimmers become confident in and around the water!

Phone: 402.933.6251

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Chris Eaton

Open Water Diver Instructor

Chris, a former Army Field Artillery Captain, has been diving since he was 17 and has been teaching students around the world since 2012. He has visited over 40 countries and has logged over 2000 dives while he continues to deepen his knowledge in technical diving, particularly in cave/wreck penetrations. He enjoys volunteering with disabled veterans, the youth, and in marine conservation programs.

Phone: 402.933.6251

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Chuck Sellers

Divemaster

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

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Cindy Hathaway

Bronze Diver

Bio coming soon!

Phone: 402.933.6251

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Dave Dietze

Divemaster 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
Email: [email protected]

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Dave Wiegand

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
Email: [email protected]s.com

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Delaney Hill

Swim Teacher

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

Phone: 402.933.6251

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Devin Bright

Open Water Diver Instructor

Bio coming soon!

Phone: 402.933.6251

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Doug Junge

Open Water Diver 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
Email: [email protected]

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Elliott Pickinpaugh

Swim Teacher

I started my swimming career at the College of St. Mary’s and quickly advanced to their youth swim team. I love working with kids and helping them better their swimming abilities.

Phone: 402.933.6251

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Erika Roberts

Divemaster Instructor

Erika has over 12 years of experience in dive operations and is also an Advanced Open Water Instructor. Erika loves helping our teams continue to provide exceptional customer service every day.

Phone: 402.933.6251
Email: [email protected]

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Frank Wells

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
Email: [email protected]

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Garret Hunter

Swim Teacher

Bio coming soon!

Phone: 402.933.6251

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George Pasika

Open Water Diver 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
Email: [email protected]

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Janna Binder

Advanced Open Water Diver 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
Email: [email protected]

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Jason Anderson

Service Manager
Advanced Open Water Diver Instructor

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
Email: [email protected]

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Jennifer Genua-McDaniel

Lifeguard

Becoming a lifeguard was on Jennifer’s bucket list since she was 16 years old. At 37, she took the plunge as an adult student and got certified through Diventures. She loves to swim and spends her time between the Coral Coast in Fiji and Omaha.

Phone: 402.933.6251

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Jim Hayes

Assistant Instructor

I spent the first 34 years of my life living by the ocean. As a result, I’ve always loved being in, on, and around the water. Several years ago, I made the decision to transition from a snorkeler to a diver. My only regret in making that decision was that I didn’t do it earlier. My passion for diving led me to become a dive pro and a Diventures trip leader. I love getting to know people who travel with us and I’m excited to meet new people as we continue to visit exciting dive locations. I’m a Divemaster and a level 5 diver. And, if I’m not underwater, you may find me riding around town on my Honda Goldwing.

Phone: 402.933.6251
Email: [email protected]

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Karen Belair

Swim Teacher

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

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Keith Holmes

Divemaster

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

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Kenny Elms

Open Water Diver Instructor

I am an avid diver that dives in cold and warm water — anywhere — any time. I am a level 6 diver and a technical diver certified in deco diving in OC and CC.

Phone: 402.933.6251

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Lauren Newton

Swim Teacher

Bio coming soon!

Phone: 402.933.6251

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Lyssa Hernandez

Swim Teacher

Lyssa has years of competitive swim experience and enjoys teaching swim lessons. She is thrilled to be a part of such a positive swim environment!

Phone: 402.933.6251

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Madelayna Hekrdle

Swim Teacher

Bio coming soon!

Phone: 402.933.6251

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Maria Lizardi

Aquatics Experience Manager

Maria has been in the aquatics environment since 2013 when she first became a lifeguard. She has always enjoyed swimming and being around the water. What she loves most about this job is seeing students excel during their swim lessons and helping grow the aquatics program.

Phone: 402.933.6251
Email: [email protected]

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Marisa Hekrdle

Swim Teacher

I participated in high school swimming all four years. I worked as a lifeguard for two seasons and as head lifeguard for one season. And I coached a recreational swim team for two seasons. I am happy to work at Diventures in the environment I love to ensure water safety for all.

Phone: 402.933.6251

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Marty Hannaford

Advanced Open Water Diver 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
Email: [email protected]

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Matt Ryle

Assistant Instructor

Bio coming soon.

Phone: 402.933.6251

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Matt Timm

Store Manager

I have over 20+ years of retail management experience with a primary focus on providing great experiences and excellent customer service.

Phone: 402.933.6251
Email: [email protected]

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Mike Poole

Advanced Open Water Diver Instructor
Service Technician

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
Email: [email protected]

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Natalie Tinsley

Swim Teacher

I’ve been a swim teacher since 2019 and I love helping my students reach their swim goals!

Phone: 402.933.6251

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Nick Wees

Scuba Experience Manager

I love talking with customers about their travel and diving experiences. I have a strong passion and love for animals, which has given me the opportunity to intern at Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium and Reptile Conservancy as well as becoming an Aquarium Manager. I am eager to expand my knowledge of the underwater world.

Phone: 402.933.6251
Email: [email protected]

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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
Email: [email protected]

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Rachel Drew

Swim Teacher

I’ve always loved being in and around the water since I was little. I enjoy working with little kiddos and teaching them new skills!

Phone: 402.933.6251

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Ryan Loewenstein

Service Technician
Open Water Diver Instructor

Ryan joined the Diventures family in 2018. He is a US Navy veteran, a public safety diver, and a member of the Omaha Fire Department. With a strong passion for diving, he loves helping others learn more about diving and advancing their skills to become great divers!

Phone: 402.933.6251
Email: [email protected]

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Scott Hegenbart

Open Water Diver Instructor

Scott has been involved with aquatics for several years. He fulfilled a lifelong dream of becoming a scuba diver when he received his Open Water Certification from Diventures in 2012. Scott is a level 5 diver and enjoys introducing people to the underwater world!

Phone: 402.933.6251
Email: [email protected]

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Scotty Scott

Swim Teacher

I’ve had a love for swim my entire life! I was a Boy Scout lifeguard for 11 years and I continue to work with scouts at the scout swims here at Diventures. I love to teach and help others have fun and be safe in and around the water!

Phone: 402.933.6251
Email: [email protected]

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Stacie Haneline

Assistant Instructor

Bio coming soon!

Phone: 402.933.6251

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Stephanie Cherry

Swim Teacher

I have a passion for teaching and the water! I love that I can combine both my passions to help kids be confident swimmers.

Phone: 402.933.6251

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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
Email: [email protected]

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Tom DeLong

Customer Experience Specialist

Tom is a Business Development executive during the day. At nights, as well as on weekends, he enjoys sharing his passion of scuba diving. Tom is a level 3 diver, passionate about traveling and exploring the ocean.

Phone: 402.933.6251
Email: [email protected]

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Trinity Lewis

Swim Teacher

Bio coming soon!

Phone: 402.933.6251

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Valerie Gamon

Swim Teacher

I have been swimming my entire life, and love to help others learn new skills! Whether you’re new to the pool or looking to improve your strokes, I’m here for you! I enjoy working with all ages and have an upbeat and optimistic teaching style.

Phone: 402.933.6251

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