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

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

Allison Laird

Swim Teacher

Allison loves the water and has been teaching since 2016. She is passionate about positivity and enjoys getting to know the students and their families. She is also a scuba diver.

Phone: 402.933.6251

Austin Walenz

Retail Associate

Austin completed his scuba certification in 2019 and is a level 1 diver. He has always had a love for the water, participating in water sports like surfing, jet skiing, and wake boarding from a young age. He is excited to expand his adventures to under the water!

Phone: 402.933.6251

Bailey Parsons

Greeter

Bailey is a sophomore biology major! Her energy and positivity are contagious. She is excited to welcome everyone into Diventures!

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

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

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

Claire Pape

Swim Teacher

Claire is passionate about water safety and helping kids build confidence in the pool. She is excited to teach swim lessons and share her love for swim with others!

Phone: 402.933.6251

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

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

Delaney Hill

Swim Teacher

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

Phone: 402.933.6251

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

Elizabeth Soll

Swim Teacher

Bio coming soon!

 

Phone: 402.933.6251

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

Erika Roberts

Assistant Store Manager
Advanced Open Water 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

Garrett Christensen

Retail Associate

Garrett fell in love with diving immediately after trying it for the first time. He is a level 2 diver and is focused on obtaining his Mater Diver certification. He has a true desire for underwater photography. Garrett is excited to share his passion with others as well as developing relationships with customers who share those same passions!

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

Haley Vetick

Swim Teacher

In high school, I was on a competitive and also a non-competitive swim team, and trained for a triathlon. I love swimming and kids!

Phone: 402.933.6251

Jack Roberts

Retail Associate

Jack has been diving since 2005 and is a level 5 diver. His top 3 diving destinations are the Philippines, Cozumel and aboard the Aqua Cat. Jack has an eye for detail and is always happy to help customers find the best equipment for them.

Phone: 402.933.6251

Jackson Fowler

Swim Teacher

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

Jake Filleman

Front Desk

In 2013, I got my diving certification with Diventures, since then I’ve continued my passion for swimming and diving and became a swim teacher in 2018. I enjoy helping others accomplish their goals while also having fun!

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

Service Manager
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

Jason Stanley

Retail Associate

Jason has been diving for years. He has completed his basic open water and nitrox certification. Jason has fresh water and salt water experience and is excited to share his knowledge. He is passionate about becoming a Dive Instructor!

Phone: 402.933.6251

Jessika Leahy

Swim Teacher

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

Phone: 402.933.6251

Jim Hayes

Retail Associate
Divemaster

Jim spent the first 34 years of his life living on the two coasts. So, he’s always had an affinity for the ocean. That affinity naturally led to scuba diving. He enjoys helping others as they pursue the sport he loves. Jim is a Divemaster and a level 4 diver. And, if he isn’t underwater, you may find Jim riding around town on his Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Voyager.

Phone: 402.933.6251

Jordan Nielsen

Service Technician

Jordan started diving in 2012 and fell in love with scuba after a trip to Grand Cayman. He is a level 5 diver and enjoys water sports of every kind. His favorite dive locations include La Paz, the Bahamas, and Belize.

Phone: 402.933.6251

Kaitlyn Stewart

Aquatics Manager

Bio coming soon.

Phone: 402.933.6251

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

Katie Kaipust

Swim Teacher

I adore working with kids and love seeing them learn and become better swimmers!

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

Assistant 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

Lyssa Hernandez

Swim Teacher

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

Phone: 402.933.6251

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

Marsha Lincoln

Aquatics Admin
Swim Teacher

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

Michael Andrews

Swim Teacher

Head in the clouds and feet in the water. I love to help others become better swimmers.

Phone: 402.933.6251

Mike Poole

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

Nick Wees

Retail Associate

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

Nolan Gurney

Swim Teacher

I have volunteered as an instructor for several swim teams and have also spent many years on a swim team myself. I love teaching children and always thought that being a swimming instructor would be rewarding. Seeing a kid finally master the stroke which they have been struggling with is one of the best feelings ever!

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 Teacher

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

Ronda Warren-Hatton

Store Manager, Omaha

Ronda has over 25 years of experience in sales and management, including as a General Manager of a bar and restaurant. Ronda is an active member of the volunteer community in Omaha.

Phone: 402.933.6251

Ryan Loewenstein

Service Technician
Divemaster

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

Scott Hegenbart

Assistant 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

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

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

Tom DeLong

Retail Associate

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

Wells Brazda

Retail Associate

My travel experiences have fed my passion to dive and explore all of the world.

Phone: 402.933.6251

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