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.
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.
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.
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.
Denali enjoys teaching people about being safe in and around the water and seeing the progress of the students.
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!
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!
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Store ManagerIndependent 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.
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!
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.
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.
Independent Open Water Diver InstructorService 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.
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.