Springfield, MO

Meet our team

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Adrianna Avila-Wilkins

Swim Teacher

Adrianna grew up around aquatics and loved doing swim team at Drury in the past. When she was younger she saw at Diventures and returned to teach!

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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, Anthony’s prowess in the water out shadows his age. He 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
Divemaster

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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Carter Kell

Swim Teacher

Carter is a junior at Nixa High School. In his free time he loves to work on cars and drive with his buddies. Carter chose to work at Diventures because he loves working with kids and his friends are also Diventures Swim Teachers.

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Carter Reed

Swim Teacher

Bio coming soon!

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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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Delaney Scholten

Swim Teacher

Bio coming soon!

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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
Service Technician

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

Deck Manager
Swim Teacher

Emilie has over two years of swim team experience. She believes that swimming skills are some of the most important things a person can learn in their life because it could save your life. On top of that, she thinks swimming is a fun time and wants to share it with others. She chose to work at Diventures because swimming is fun and this was her opportunity to be in the pool and teach others to enjoy it as well.

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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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Hallie Wammack

Swim Instructor

Hallie grew up watching her mom teach swim lessons. As a result, she’s been swimming for as long as she can remember. She loves teaching little kids new safety skills.

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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 Teacher

Joey is an outdoorsman, ocean addict and adrenaline junkie, but most importantly, he is an ambassador for those who like to have a good time! He is a Level 5 diver and an Open Water Instructor. His passion for the water began as a small child, and his career at Diventures allows him to share that passion with others every day.

Phone: 417.883.5151
Email: [email protected]

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Julie Krisch

Aquatic Experience Manager
Lifeguard Instructor Trainer

Julie has been swimming since she was very little. She enjoys swimming, kayaking, rock climbing, camping and diving. She is currently a Lifeguard Instructor Trainer with the American Red Cross. She completed her Open Water Diver certification in May of 2022. Julie chose to work at Diventures because she has a passion for water, recreation and safety. Diventures’ mission, vision and values align with her own personal values.

Phone: 417.883.5151
Email: [email protected]

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Kali Myers

Deck Manager
Swim Teacher

Kali Myers is an experienced Deck Manager and Swim Teacher. She’s been at Divenutres since 2021. Kali is a former Delta pilot and mom of three. She graduated from Kickapoo in 2017. As a water lover, she can’t wait to see you at your next lesson. Kali chose to work at Diventures to connect with families and make a difference.

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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 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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Mason Del Rio

Swim Teacher

Bio coming soon!

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Nicole Davis

Swim Instructor

Nicole has been swimming since she was an infant and was on two swim teams. She loves working with kids and teaching people new things.

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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Olivia Fiorino

Swim Teacher

Olivia has been around water for a very long time! She started swimming competitively when she was 15 and fell in love with it. She taught her first swim lessons at the age of 16 and it changed her life. She is now studying social work with a plan to work with high-risk and underprivileged children.

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Peyton Socia

Deck Manager
Swim Teacher

Peyton is a junior at Republic High School. He plays lacrosse and is part of NHS. Peyton has been diving since 2019 and has over 100 dives. He is currently in flight school and plans to become a pilot once he graduates.

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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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Samantha Cannell

Swim Teacher

Samantha has been working with kids for as long as she can remember. When she was little, she told her mom she wanted to be a swim teacher and it is now a reality!

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Scarlet Valles

Swim Teacher

Bio coming soon!

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Shawntel Robertson

Aquatics Experience Lead
Swim Instructor

Shawntel is a lover of nature, adventure, and helping others. She is a Level 1 diver and loves that teaching swim combines her passions for the water and people. She enjoys helping new swimmers overcome their fears while learning important safety skills. Shawntel also enjoys helping advanced swimmers crush their goals and learn new techniques.

Email: [email protected]

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Shyanne Frecks

Aquatics Experience Lead

Shyanne is currently a Mast Diver and strives to one day become a Dive Instructor and Trip Leader. She has always loved being around water and has been a Lifeguard since 2018. Shyanne also loves gardening and kayaking. She enjoys training new staff members and helping students reach their goals. Shyanne chose to work at Diventures because she wanted to be able to lifeguard and teach swim lessons year-round.

Email: [email protected]

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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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Will Shoults

Customer Experience Specialist
Dive Guide

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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