Diventures Announces Another Transformational Geographic Expansion with the Acquisition of Scuba Professionals of Arizona

Mar 3, 2022 | News, Scuba, Swimming

Now the only “local dive shop” with National Coverage

OMAHA, Nebraska (March 3, 2022) – Omaha, Nebraska-based Diventures, the nation’s largest and fastest-growing network of swim and scuba centers, announced another transformational expansion, with the acquisition of Scuba Professionals of Arizona / Arizona Dive Center, in Phoenix, Arizona.

Dean Hollis

Dean Hollis, Founder of Diventures

We’re excited to announce yet another transformational geographic expansion, this time to the west and the Phoenix market,” says Dean Hollis, founder of Diventures. “The acquisition of Scuba Professionals of Arizona is personally rewarding for me, as Phoenix is where I lived for two years and achieved my SSI Dive Control Specialist rating in 1991. It is also exciting for the entire Diventures family, as it represents another major strategic milestone in Diventures’ aggressive growth plan. This acquisition gives Diventures the broadest geographic coverage in the Scuba and Swim industry. Diventures will now be “your local dive shop” for scuba enthusiasts from coast to coast. I also want to recognize and thank Paul Wagenseller for his decades of contributions to our industry. Paul truly is a diving icon in the Phoenix market and the industry overall.”



“We’re excited to announce yet another transformational geographic expansion, this time to the west and the Phoenix market.”
-Dean Hollis, Founder of Diventures

Will Munroe

Will Munroe, General Manager

“Go west young diver! We’re thrilled to be bringing the Diventures experience to Arizona in partnership with Scuba Professionals of Arizona,” said Will Munroe, general manager of Diventures. “This acquisition marks the beginning of the westward expansion of our organization. Our mission-driven team can’t wait to bring our swim, water safety, travel and expanded scuba programs to Phoenix in a state-of-the-art aquatics training facility! We will immediately begin growing our team, including hiring a store manager and working to augment our awesome corps of dive professionals as we look to further grow the sport of scuba in Arizona.”

Paul Wagenseller

Paul Wagenseller

“After ten years of building Scuba Professionals of Arizona into a premier dive center, we are proud and excited to become part of the Diventures family,” said Fia Blackman, owner of Scuba Professionals of Arizona. “Customers have always been our #1 focus, and we’re so thankful for their loyalty and patronage – and for the hard work of our staff and dive professionals – as we’ve grown our Phoenix diving community. Most of all, I am thankful for my business partner Paul Wagenseller; a life-long icon in the diving industry, who’s expertise, hard work and diving legacy were central to building this business. Paul has earned all the pleasures that retirement offers.”

“We’re so excited to welcome Diventures to the valley and believe that, in doing so, we’re bringing an excellent platform upon which we can further build and unify the local diving community,” Blackman added. “Arizona has such a rich scuba diving history – customers and dive professionals will truly benefit from having this national leader of our sport in the valley. From Diventures’ expanded travel portfolio, to their broad and deep product assortment, to their world-class instruction and certification programs, Arizona’s “Scuba in the Desert” is about to take a huge step forward. Diventures’ vision, mission, and complete commitment to the dive industry is energizing and we feel blessed and excited to be part of it!”

Fia Blackman

Fia & Jerry Blackman

Whether through their weekend Lake Pleasant social dives, dive certifications and continuing education, their fun and inviting store environment, or their flagship “California Liveaboard Weekends” Scuba Professionals of Arizona – now Diventures – will continue to provide scuba enthusiasts, and aspiring divers, a variety of ways to enjoy the sport, meet new friends, and explore the underwater world.

“With Diventures at the helm – the legacy of our ‘dive shop’ will blossom into something very special. We are committed to the success of Diventures. Their knowledge, resources, and passion will only enhance and grow this sport,” added Blackman.

Diventures plans to continue to operate in Scuba Professionals of Arizona’s current location at 9299 W Olive Ave. #816 Peoria, AZ 85345 while a new facility location is being identified.

Diventures will be hosting a customer welcome event and meet and greet at the store on March 24th from 5pm-8pm.

About Scuba Professionals of Arizona/Arizona Dive Center:
Scuba Professionals of Arizona is the premier Arizona dive center, having certified the most scuba divers & dive professionals in Arizona. We provide word-class scuba instruction, retail sales and services, domestic and international travel, and dive education as well as local dive opportunities and events. Visit www.azdivecenter.com for more information


About Diventures:
Diventures was founded in 2009, with one location in Omaha, Nebraska. It since has expanded to twelve locations (Omaha, Nebraska; Lincoln, Nebraska; Springfield, Missouri; Columbia, Missouri; Kansas City, Missouri; North Liberty, Iowa; Fitchburg, Wisconsin; Sun Prairie, Wisconsin; Atlanta, Georgia; Lexington, Kentucky; Battle Creek, Michigan; Phoenix, Arizona). Diventures provides concierge-level customer service for swim lessons, scuba certifications, equipment sales and service and group and private travel. Diventures is committed to safety and fun in the water, as well as giving back to support local and global communities. Employing hundreds of people and serving thousands of customers per year, Diventures uses their passion and the power of the water to impact lives and change the world…and have fun doing it!

Visit www.diventures.com for more information.


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