Despite being from the Midwest, Patrick has been around water all his life. Patrick started his aquatic journey by joining a swim team at the age of 6. He later became a lifeguard, swim instructor, state swimmer in high school, and now an adamant scuba diver. Patrick taught his kids to swim as toddlers and is a firm believer in “safety first”!
Patrick started his Diventures journey as a customer and after getting a taste for diving, Patrick and his wife quickly got certified in Cozumel and discovered a NEW PASSION for scuba and ocean conservation. Patrick loves to share what he has learned with others and is excited about the opportunity to help new and existing customers.
“As a customer of Diventures, I saw that the people here are honest, genuine, and really love what they do. I had to be a part of that. I jumped at the opportunity to be involved with a company whose mission is to improve the world and enrich people’s lives through knowledge and skillset.”
Carter has over eight years of aquatics experience and is passionate about creating a safe and fun environment for your swimmers.
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Andrew is a Master Diver on his way to becoming a Dive Master and eventually an instructor. He enjoys all things technical about diving and is glad to talk your ear off about the specifics on certain gear items. Andrew is a Flight Paramedic for his full time job, so safety is also his number one priority and wants to help you have a fun but safe journey under the water!
Caden has a strong interest in marine life and photography and has a passion for fishing. Caden attended high school at the Omaha Zoo Academy where he developed a curiosity for diving. He began diving in 2017 and is currently an SSI level 2 diver. While working at Diventures, Caden hopes to meet new divers while attending many new dive and travel opportunities.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Doug first started the fantastic hobby of scuba diving in 2019, and it quickly grew into a passion. Now a Level 5 diver, he never passes up an opportunity to explore the underwater world. Doug is a volunteer penguin diver at the Omaha Zoo and an active member of the Landlocked Scuba Club.
Emma has been on swim team for three years. She loves teaching young children important water safety skills.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Kevin became certified by Diventures in 2017, and became a dive professional in 2019. He is currently I’m a Level 6 diver. Kevin’s favorite dives are wreck and wall dives. From corals reefs to quarries, Great Lakes to the Caribbean, Kevin wants to dive it all.
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Kevin was scuba certified in 2010 and is now a level 5 diver. When he isn’t at the shop or diving, he can be found participating in triathlons. Kevin loves all things water!
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.
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.
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.
Michael has been in the water since a very young age. Michaels’s first job was lifeguarding, and he is looking forward to getting more experience as a scuba diver and helping others grow their love of the water into new passions!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Robert was certified as an Open Water Diver in 1993 and is currently a level 6 diver. Over the past few years, he has been working his way up the Dive Pro ranks and will become an Open Water Diver Instructor in the Summer of 2023. Robert enjoys sharing his passion for diving with new students and especially enjoys seeing new divers experience their first ocean dive.
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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!
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!
Stacie feels fortunate to have two passions she enjoys sharing with others: piano and scuba diving. She have been diving since 1993 and is a Level 8 diver. She is a committed teacher who looks forward to sharing the joy and passion of scuba diving with those who are interested. As a faculty member at the University of Omaha Nebraska School of Music, she looks forward to working with students who are enrolled in the scuba diving course at UNO. Stacie hopes your journey to explore the underwater world brings you as much happiness as it does for her.
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.