Springfield, MO

Meet our team

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Andrew Quinlan

Independent Open Water Diver Instructor

Andrew was certified in 2007 and has always had a passion for the water and diving. As an open water diver instructor and the president of Diventures Landlocked Scuba Club, he gets to share his passion for diving with others. You can find Andrew diving year-round whether it be in the Caribbean or a lake! Deep depths are where he thrives and looks forward to stepping into extended range to explore a whole new abyss.

Phone: 417.883.5151
Email: [email protected]

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Ania Kovacs

Swim Teacher

I have always loved the water, and I’ve swum competitively for more than five years. I love seeing swimmers progress every day and become more comfortable in the water.

Phone: 417.883.5151

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Anthony Deets

Independent Open Water Diver Instructor
Service Technician

With 20 years of diving experience, his prowess in the water out shadows his age. Anthony loves sharing the WOW of the underwater world with everyone and loves helping divers expand their talents.

Phone: 417.883.5151
Email: [email protected]

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Antione Lockhart

Swim Instructor

Bio coming soon!

Phone: 417.883.5151

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Callie Fetter

Customer Experience Specialist

I have always been passionate about the ocean and marine life since I was little. I knew I always wanted to get into scuba diving and explore new opportunities in the water. My favorite conversations revolve around sharks. I also love to travel, hike, and kayak.

Phone: 417.883.5151
Email: [email protected]

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Cheryl Bosley

Swim Teacher

I’m a retired elementary teacher. I love teaching kids and adults and the water, so this is the perfect role for me. My main goal is for my students to love water and swimming while learning new skills.

Phone: 417.883.5151

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Colby Entzminger

Deck Manager
Swim Instructor

Having graduated from the DiVentures swim program in 2016, my love for the water has brought me back! I’m a student at Evangel and an aspiring Children’s pastor. I enjoy the water, hiking, drawing, and writing.

Phone: 417.883.5151

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Denali Finney

Swim Instructor

Denali enjoys teaching people about being safe in and around the water and seeing the progress of the students.

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Don Peterson

Independent Instructor Certifier

Don is a level 10 diver, has been diving since 1964 and teaching safe scuba since 1966. He’s a world-traveling diver with extensive experience and a former scuba shop owner. He loves the people he teaches, getting to share with them his love of the sea, and making sure they enjoy safe diving!

Phone: 417.883.5151
Email: [email protected]

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Don Smith

Independent Advanced Open Water Diver Instructor

Bio coming soon.

Phone: 417.883.5151
Email: [email protected]

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Doug Baker

Independent Open Water Diver Instructor

After learning to dive in 2008, I knew I needed to share my passion for introducing students to scuba and helping them to become safe and comfortable divers.

Phone: 417.883.5151

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Drake Slagle

Customer Experience Specialist

Drake is from Colorado and found scuba diving in one of his classes at Missouri State University. He got certified at Diventures and has been addicted to diving ever since.

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Emilie Bird

Swim Instructor

Bio coming soon!

Phone: 417.883.5151

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Emma Thuet

Deck Manager
Swim Instructor

I’ve been swimming since I could walk! After doing swim team in high school, I knew I wanted to continue being in the pool. I am currently getting my degree in education, so I knew this was the perfect job for me!

Phone: 417.883.5151

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Franz Williams

Independent Advanced Open Water Diver Instructor

Franz is a level 7 diver and has been diving since 2004.

Phone: 417.883.5151
Email: [email protected]

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J.T. Simpson

Customer Experience Specialist

I have always had a passion for the outdoors. I love meeting new people and building connections. I am not scuba certified but am working towards it.

Phone: 417.883.5151
Email: [email protected]

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Jackson Talburt

Swim Instructor

Jackson is a senior in high school. He plays baseball and swims competitively. He is a freestyle sprinter. He will be attending Evangel University in the fall to study graphic design.

Phone: 417.883.5151

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James Presley

Independent Open Water Diver Instructor
Service Technician

James started diving in 2015 and is a level 4 diver and a Master Diver. He got into the sport because he loves the ocean, especially Mandarin Gobies.

Phone: 417.883.5151
Email: [email protected]

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Jerod Pheonix

Independent Open Water Diver Instructor

Jerod’s aquatic background spans over 20+ years. He received 80% of his training at Diventures and enjoyed every minute of it! He is excited to share his love of scuba diving with his students and help them accomplish their underwater goals!

Phone: 417.883.5151

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Jim Arneson

Independent Open Water Diver Instructor

Jim has been diving since 1996 and is dedicated to the sport. His passion is teaching others to explore the underwater world, both basic open water classes and specialties.

Phone: 417.883.5151

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Joey Lankford

Scuba Experience Manager
Swim Instructor

Bio coming soon!

Phone: 417.883.5151

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John Lewis

Independent Open Water Diver Instructor

I am a level 6 diver and have been diving since 2012. I teach Open Water Diver courses and also many specialty courses. I enjoy being able to share my experience and knowledge with new divers.

Phone: 417.883.5151

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Julie Krisch

Aquatic Experience Manager

Bio coming soon!

Phone: 417.883.5151

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Kali Myers

Swim Instructor

Bio coming soon!

Phone: 417.883.5151

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Kaylee Hutchinson

Swim Instructor
Lifeguard

Bio coming soon!

Phone: 417.883.5151

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Kevin Christ

Independent Open Water Diver Instructor

I enjoy introducing customers to an adventure that few people get to experience. Not every student starts out being able to put on a mask and jump in the water. I work with each student at their comfort level, teaching them how to be a safe diver while having fun.

Phone: 417.883.5151
Email: [email protected]

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Lauren Holloway

Swim Instructor

Bio coming soon!

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Lauren Kanaan

Swim Instructor
Lifeguard/Lifeguard Instructor

During the year I am an Elementary Teacher. I love to combine my passion for teaching with my passion for water through swim lesson instruction. I have worked in different aquatic programs for the past four years and my goal is to help others develop their swimming skills, and through confidence, build a love for the water.

Phone: 417.883.5151

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Linda Maune

Independent Open Water Diver Instructor

I absolutely love to watch people of all ages take their first breath underwater! Seeing people go from above the water to below the water, and realizing there is another world underwater, is priceless!

Phone: 417.883.5151
Email: [email protected]

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Madison Platko

Swim Instructor
Lifeguard

I have always had a passion for the water. I swam competitively as a child and love swimming leisurely now. I graduated from Missouri State with a degree in education. I work as a middle school teacher. I am excited to combine my passion for swimming and teaching here at Diventures.

Phone: 417.883.5151

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Mariah Alberty

Swim Instructor
Lifeguard

I have been swimming since I was 10! I swam competitively throughout high school and for a year at Missouri State. I am currently pursuing an Elementary Education degree with an English minor at Missouri State with hopes to become an English Teacher in the future! I am involved in the PRIDE bands at Missouri State, and in my free time, I enjoy writing, dancing, and spending time with friends.

Phone: 417.883.5151

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Nicole Davis

Swim Instructor

Bio coming soon!

Phone: 417.883.5151

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Nolan Hardison

Independent Divemaster Instructor

Nolan has been diving since 1985 and an instructor since 1989. He has taught all levels of diving, wide range of specialties and been certified as an Instructor Trainer and Certifier. Nolan was recognized for his dedication to the highest standards of teaching by being awarded the NASDS Instructor of the Year in 1998.

Phone: 417.883.5151
Email: [email protected]

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Peyton Socia

Swim Instructor

Bio coming soon!

Phone: 417.883.5151

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Robert Roll

Independent Assistant Instructor

Robert started diving in college in 2005 and has more than 200 dives. He moved to the Springfield area in 2010 and became a Dive Con and later Open Water Instructor. He has been diving in the Ozark Lakes, Cozumel, Roatan, Belize, Palau, Australia, the Cayman Islands and Florida.

Phone: 417.883.5151

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Ryan Oestreich

Store Manager
Independent Open Water Diver Instructor

As a level 5 diver, I enjoy helping teach students about the awesome sport of diving. Diventures is the reason I am a dive professional, have developed skills and gained experience diving. I love being able to share what I learn with our customers.

Phone: 417.883.5151
Email: [email protected]

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Rylee Enslow

Swim Instructor

Rylee has been swimming since she was in 6th grade and has always loved the water. She loves working with kids and wants to be a teacher someday.

Phone: 417.883.5151

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Shawntel Robertson

Deck Manager
Swim Instructor and Greeter

I am a lover of nature, adventure, and helping others. Teaching swim combines my passions for the water and people. I enjoy helping new swimmers overcome their fear while learning important life skills. I enjoy helping advanced swimmers crush their goals and learn new techniques. I am a Level 1 diver with an upbeat and encouraging personality. I look forward to seeing you in the water!

Phone: 417.883.5151

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Shelby Hicks

Customer Experience Lead

Shelby has had a passion for the water since she was little. From swimming in the creek to competitive swim and completing Diventures open water diver course through Missouri State. She also loves hiking, kayaking, reading, and playing with her dog.

Phone: 417.883.5151
Email: [email protected]

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Shyanne Frecks

Aquatics Lead

I love teaching and helping kids learn to swim and reach their goals. I am studying to be an elementary teacher. I love going to the lake and kayaking.

Phone: 417.883.5151

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Sydney Gray

Swim Instructor
Lifeguard

Sydney is a junior in high school. She loves to paint, read, and go to the beach in her free time.

Phone: 417.883.5151

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Wade Gipson

Independent Open Water Diver Instructor

Wade has been diving since his open water certification in 1996. He has made hundreds of local lake dives and many freshwater, wreck and saltwater dives worldwide. Wade is excited to share his local diving insight and scuba knowledge with those new and old to the sport.

Phone: 417.883.5151

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Will Gray

Independent Open Water Diver Instructor
Service Technician

Will is a level 8 diver and has been diving since 1972 with well over 1,000 dives. Most his diving has been in the lakes and strip pits in the Springfield area, so he is a great resource for fresh water diving ideas. He has been to several locations in the Caribbean and would love to discuss potential destinations with customers.

Phone: 417.883.5151
Email: [email protected]

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Will Shoults

Customer Experience Specialist

My background involves over 16 years of watersport-related activities at the lake. I have grown up around the water my entire life. I love seeing the look on people’s faces when they accomplish something new.

Phone: 417.883.5151
Email: [email protected]

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