Omaha, NE

Meet our team

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Aaron Parson

Customer Experience Specialist
Independent Advanced Open Water Diver Instructor

Aaron is a level 8 diver with over 18 years experience as a scuba instructor. He believes in preparing students for their lifelong scuba journey. Aaron will spend the time needed to ensure that students are comfortable diving before sending to the open water.

Phone: 402.933.6251
Email: [email protected]

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Alaria Bode

Swim Instructor

I love being in and around water. I have been competitively swimming for 10 years. I have been teaching swim lessons for the past four years. I enjoy helping people learn to love the water and seeing them accomplish their swimming goals.

Phone: 402.933.6251

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Alex Romero

Customer Experience Specialist

I fell in love with scuba diving while at school. I studied Commercial Diving in Seattle, WA. I got to dive in the Pacific Northwest and the lakes in the Seattle area. I am also a trainer at a kickboxing gym. I enjoy helping people achieve personal fitness goals.

Phone: 402.933.6251

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Angie Michaels

Independent Aqua Fitness Instructor

Angie brings her passion for fitness and love of the water to every class she leads. She says the warm water supports students and improves range of motion benefitting all levels of fitness. Besides being a fitness and yoga instructor, Angie is also an open water diver. Some of her favorite dives include Belize, Cayman Brac, Maui, and wreck diving in Aruba.

Phone: 402.290.7714

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Anna Ganzel

Swim Teacher

I love working with kids and adults to help them achieve their goals in the water.

Phone: 402.933.6251

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Autumn Wood

Marketing Intern
Swim Teacher

Whether it’s working on land or in the water, Autumn is always having fun! She started at Diventures as a swim teacher and recently joined the marketing team! Autumn is a former Omaha Zoo Academy student who values education about ocean conservation in addition to swim safety. She is also a collegiate athlete with a passion for coaching and leadership, which she applies to all her swim lessons!

Phone: 402.933.6251
Email: [email protected]

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Becca Tietz

Deck Manager

My aquatic background includes 15 years of being in the water. I started swim lessons when I was just three years old and I just kept swimming which included four trips to high school state swim all four years of my high school career. I have a joyful, compassionate heart that has helped me with my four years of working with children.

Phone: 402.933.6251

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Ben Murphy

Customer Experience Specialist

Bio coming soon!

Phone: 402.933.6251

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Calysta Gemar

Swim Instructor

I’ve been a swimmer my whole life! I was on Westside High School’s varsity swim team and have swum with Swim Omaha for nine years. I also coach Rockbrook Pool swim team in the summer. I’m super excited to start teaching at Diventures and spread the love of swimming.

Phone: 402.933.6251

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Chad Binder

Independent Instructor Trainer
Independent 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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Chuck Sellers

Independent 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

Independent Bronze Diver

Bio coming soon!

Phone: 402.933.6251

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Dave Dietze

Independent Assistant Instructor Trainer
Independent Classified Diving Instructor Trainer

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. As a Classified Instructor Trainer,  Dave can teach scuba instructors to become classified instructors, dive pro’s to be classified dive pros, able-bodied divers to be classified buddies, and divers with adaptive needs the joy of scuba diving and to become classified divers.

Phone: 402.933.6251
Email: [email protected]

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Dave Wiegand

Independent 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 8 diver and love to help people experience the thrill of diving on their own.

Phone: 402.933.6251
Email: [email protected]

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Delaney Hill

Deck Manager
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

Independent Open Water Diver Instructor

Devin began diving in 2003 and has taught scuba diving in New Mexico and Virginia in his time as a dive professional. Originally from Kansas, Devin has travelled the world as an U.S Army Aviation officer and Operations Research analyst for the last 16 years. In his free time he enjoys hiking with his dog, flying, and riding his motorcycles.

Phone: 402.933.6251

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Doug Junge

Independent 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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Emma Mueting

Swim Instructor

Emma has been on swim team for three years. She loves teaching young children important water safety skills.

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Erika Roberts

Independent Assistant Instructor Trainer
Independent Classified Diving Instructor/ Service Technician

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

Independent 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
Deck Manager

I was a youth sports coach and I love the water. I get to blend the two when I teach.

Phone: 402.933.6251

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George Pasika

Independent 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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Grace Danielson

Deck Manager
Customer Experience Specialist

Grace has been teaching for over six years, all the way from preschoolers to adults. She’s loved the water since she was a kid and is taking steps to become a dive instructor. Her goal is to help kids trust and love the water the way she does!

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Hayley Addison

Aquatics Experience Lead

Hayley was a competitive swimmer for 12 years and has over seven years of experience as a lifeguard, pool manager, swim lessons instructor, and coach. She loves helping people enjoy their time in the water.

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Janna Binder

Independent 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
Independent 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

Independent 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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John-Michael Points

Retail Associate

John-Michael enjoys photographing coral and wildlife to help raise awareness of current issues affecting them. He plans to get his Master scuba certification and continue his scuba education. John-Michael also loves sharks and diving ship wrecks.

Phone: 402.933.6251

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Kara Murphy

Customer Experience Specialist

Kara started diving in 2018 and since then has logged 95 dives. She is a Divemaster and a level 4 diver. Kara’s favorite places to dive are Utila, Honduras and Cozumel, Mexico. She recently spent 2 months in Honduras becoming a DivePro and completing a marine conservation internship.

Phone: 402.933.6251

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Kathy Albin

Swim Instructor

Kathy has been a school teacher for many years, and has always had a great love for swimming. She believes learning swim safety skills is very important.  Kathy has a blast teaching these fun and very important skills.

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Keith Holmes

Independent 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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Kira Perez

Swim Instructor

Kira loves working with kids. She has been swimming since she was two. Kira is excited to teach new safety skills to her students.

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Lauren Lachel

Swim Instructor

Lauren has always had a passion for swim instruction. She’s been a swimmer for over ten years, and an instructor for four years. She loves seeing her students grow and improve their skills in the water.

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Lauren Newton

Deck Manager
Swim Teacher

I have been swimming competitively for over 10 years and have been teaching swim lessons since 2017. I started teaching at Diventures in summer 2020. Swimming is a passion of mine and something that I want everyone to be able to enjoy.

Phone: 402.933.6251

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Lauryn Robinson

Swim Teacher

I have been a diver since 2018. My SSI level is 2. I love swimming and working with kids. I have worked with kids for about six years now.

Phone: 402.933.6251

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Lyssa Hernandez

Swim Teacher
Deck Manager

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

I’ve always loved the water. I swim for my high school swim team. I enjoy teaching kids and adults skills that will last them a lifetime.

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

Deck Manager
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

Independent 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

Independent Open Water Diver Instructor

Bio coming soon.

Phone: 402.933.6251

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Matt Timm

Area 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

Independent Advanced 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
Email: [email protected]

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Morgan Sealy

Swim Instructor

I enjoy teaching and creating a great learning environment for kids and adults alike. I plan on becoming an educator for elementary school-aged children. I love seeing breakthroughs and kids enjoying learning new skills. I got into swimming when my sister was on the middle school swim team and I have loved it ever since. I’ve been working with children for 6+ years.

Phone: 402.933.6251

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Nate Lilla

Swim Instructor

Nate has been competitively swimming for the last six years. Swimming is a sport where Nate felt like he truly belonged, and he wants to give that opportunity to others.

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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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Olivia Milliken

Swim Teacher

I’ve been swimming in a structured environment since I was three years old. I have a passion for swimming and want to pass along my knowledge to others. I’m patient and know how much work it takes to learn the strokes. I enjoy helping kids so I want to show them the skills they need to stay safe but also how much fun swimming is.

Phone: 402.933.6251

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Pat Purkhiser

Independent Instructor Trainer
Service Technician

Pat has been diving since the 70’s. As a level 10 diver with over 5,440 dives, Pat has an incredible depth of knowledge in several subjects such as SCUBA Diving, Marine Biology, First Aid, H2O Rescue and Dive Travel. He is a certified Instructor Trainer and teaches multiple specialty classes including Marine Ecology and DAN first Aid. Pat also played a vital role in helping create the Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo Academy where taught zoology and anatomy for several years, before recently retiring. In his free time since retirement, Pat teaches Marine Ecology classes and DAN first Aid classes at Diventures. If you stop by Diventures, please pop your head in the scuba shop and say hello.

Phone: 402.933.6251
Email: [email protected]

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Ryan Loewenstein

Service Technician
Independent 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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Sabrina Severin

Customer Experience Specialist

I am currently a master’s student at the University of Miami studying Marine Conservation. Over the summer, I participated in a marine conservation internship in Honduras that was filled with diving. Diving is my favorite activity, and I love talking about it with anyone and everyone. I’m extremely passionate about anything ocean-related and look forward to meeting other swimmers and divers. I did my open water course with Diventures and have since become a Divemaster. I aspire to travel all over the world to enjoy everything the ocean has to offer.

Phone: 402.933.6251

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Scott Hegenbart

Independent 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
Deck Manager

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

Independent Assistant Instructor

Bio coming soon!

Phone: 402.933.6251

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Sydney Rolles

Swim Instructor

Sydney’s love for the water started around the age of four during swim lessons. Her love continued on through high school with competitive swimming. She is excited to help spread her love of the water to others.

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Ted Fitzsimmons

Independent 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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Vicky Bardon Soto

Swim Instructor

I have been swimming for as long as I can remember. I just love being in the water and experiencing that moment of weightlessness. I want to share this feeling with people and help them find joy in the water safely. I am fluent in Spanish and I always try to make lessons as fun and effective as I can.

Phone: 402.933.6251

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Zee Elmer

Aquatics Experience Specialist
Swim Instructor/Deck Manager

I was a competitive swimmer for six years throughout middle and high school. I also worked as a Swim Instructor for three years. I love working with students of all ages, whether through teaching the basics or coaching students interested in competition. As a teacher, my main passion is watching my students grow and sharing my love for swimming, ocean preservation, and sportsmanship. My teaching style is focused on positive reinforcement, with a special focus on form and endurance. I look forward to growing with Diventures.

Phone: 402.933.6251

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Zola Madson

Swim Instructor

Zola loves the water and is very passionate about teaching. She has been scuba certified for six years and is excited that Diventures can share that passion with her.

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