About Amber Waves Diving

Company History

 Amber Waves Diving Co. started in 2008, with a vision to create a dive club atmosphere where divers of all levels could come to find friendly smiles, dive conversation, great training and gear at reasonable prices.

The original owners knew that putting a shop in Augusta, KS and not in the middle of metro Wichita would create a difficult marketing task.

Therefore, our core philosophy was to define ourselves as a "Destination Retailer." Our business philosophy soon paid off and we had to say bye to our friends in Augusta and said hello to our friends in Wichita.  We re-located the store in 2013 to 307 S. Greenwich Road.  We have stuck with our core philosophy to continue to strive to make each customer feel that they are part of the Amber Waves family. In 2014 our hard work came to fruition when we became the largest PADI Training Center in Wichita.

We have certainly grown from our meager start with only three instructors.   We now boast a roster of 27 team members that include instructors, dive masters, and retail support staff.   We are considered one of the "BEST" service centers in the Kansas area and have won several prestigious awards from PADI, our certification agency. 

We hope you find our website easy to peruse and if you ever have a question do not hesitate to call Dr. Scuba at 316-775-6688, he's always ready to write a prescription that includes adventure and happy memories. 

"Prepare for every opportunity and create an environment where both internal customers and external customers smile and laugh often."

 

Our Mission

Amber Waves Diving Co., Inc. is a service and product based company that provides recreational scuba instruction, professional instruction services, and dive related products to academic institutions, small as well as large businesses, and the general public. When you take a course with us you become a member of our diving family, one that is committed to ensuring you have a safe and meaningful diving career. We will constantly strive to provide the passion and inspiration for growing dive customers, employees and associated instructors to see life as an adventure that requires love and care for one another.

 

Meet the Amber Waves Team

Tyler Brewer

Tyler Brewer, otherwise known as " Dr. SCUBA," is a PADI Master SCUBA Diver Trainer, a Emergency First Responder Instructor Trainer, an American Heart Association BLS Instructor, an American Safety and Health Institute Advanced First Aid Instructor, and a National Safety Council First Aid Instructor. ... [ Read more ]

Linda Brewer

Linda is an Open Water Diver and works the retail floor. She has a tremendous amount of influence over one of the owners. How does that happen?

Brian Brewer

Brian Brewer is a Rescue Diver and is the retail sales manager.  He is readily available to assist you with many of your SCUBA equipment needs, fill tanks, schedule classes and trip, and just talk SCUBA with you.

Tim Follis

Tim Follis is a owner, PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer, an Emergency First Response First Aid Instructor, an American Heart Association BLS Instructor, and an American Safety and Health Institute Advanced First Aid Instructor.  In addition, he manages our service and repair department. ... [ Read more ]

Chris Hulett

Chris Hulett is a  PADI IDC Staff Instructor and Emergency First Response Instructor Trainer with the Amber Waves Dive family. His love for life and adventure translates to his love for diving. He is working towards a personal and professional goal of becoming a PADI Course Director. Chris will keep you laughing and smiling so make sure you keep your regulator is in your mouth. ... [ Read more ]

Susan Hulett

Susan Hulett is a Master Scuba Diver Trainer/Instructor and an American Heart Association BLS Instructor.  She loves diving the Caribbean Islands and she says it doesn't really matter to her which one it is.  She is a business woman who has participated in triathlons.  It's in her nature to nurture and keep divers safe so we love having her on our team.

Clif Mason

Clif trained with the Cayman Diving College to get his PADI Open Water Instructor License.  Additionally, he is an Emergency First Response First Aid Instructor and an American Heart Association BLS Instructor. He worked in St. ... [ Read more ]

Royce Taylor

Royce is a PADI Instructor Development Course Staff Instructor who loves to teach and take the first timer down to show them the wonders of the underwater world. Royce originally certified in 1978 and got his first instructor rating in 1985. He has a countless number of dives and an immeasurable number of hours underwater. ... [ Read more ]

Jennifer Hull

Jennifer is a PADI Open Water Instructor and an American Heart Association BLS Advanced First Aid Instructor.  By day she is a fifth grade teacher for USD 259 and that experience has translated well to teaching SCUBA.  She is a wonderful caring young lady who focuses on delighting her students and the staff at Amber Waves Diving. 

Michael Jernigan

Mike is a PADI Open Water Instructor and holds technical dive certifications in PADI Tec 50, Side-Mount and Cavern.  By day, he is an IT manager at Koch Engineering.  His other interests include sky diving and he holds a black belt in Kung Fu

Jon Stiebner

Jon Stiebner is a PADI Open Water and Emergency First Response Instructor with our team.  As part of the Amber Waves team, Jon will help get you started diving or expand your knowledge into specialty areas.

Dan Wegner

Dan Wegner is a PADI Instructor Development Course Staff Instructor and a PADI TecRec Instructor. He is also an Emergency First Response Instructor.

Dan is the Fire Marshall for the Sedgwick County Fire Department. He specializes in teaching technical rescue skills to firefighters and holds a PADI Public Safety Instructor certification.

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Vaugh Cossel

Vaughn is a PADI Open Water Instructor and an American Heart Association BLS First Aid Instructor.  He works as an engineer when he's not getting wet.  Vaughn's entire family dives and he has spent a great deal of time working with the Boy Scouts.  He manages our scouting program and many of our youth programs.

Blaine Garrett

Blaine is a PADI Dive Master holding a DSD certification and works for the National Guard as a full time Federal employee.  He has been with Amber Waves from the start and is an adopted member of the Brewer Family.

Wendy Garrett

Wendy is a PADI Master Scuba Diver, Dive Master in Training,  and the company's photo journalist. She also works as a sales associate and can assist you with many of your equipment needs. 

Chad McCluskey

Chad McCluskey is a PADI Rescue Diver and manages our sister company, "WichitaCprTraining. He is an American Heart Association and Emergency First Response Instructor.  In addition, Chad coordinates and manages the information technology at Amber Waves Diving and is the current webmaster for our website. ... [ Read more ]

Derek Highbarger

Derek is a PADI Open Water Diver, a first aid instructor and can certify you in American Heart Association and/or Emergency First Response.  He has taught many classes on CPR, use of an AED, Oxygen administration, and secondary first aid.  He also teaches some of our safety classes in technical rescue techniques that don't involve SCUBA.  He is a Public Safety Officer with th ... [ Read more ]

Mark Armfield

Dr. Mark  Armfield  is  one  of  our  Dive  Masters with a DSD certification who, along with his wife  Melodeehave joined the Amber Waves Diving family.  He and his wife both own and operate Armfield Dentistry PA  in Augusta. Mark will find any excuse to dive and he can be seen many times hand and hand with his wife at the airport going on another exciting dive adventure.  Their  smile and laugh are infectious and  you just have to come in and meet them to see what we mean.

James (Jim) Phillips

If we had one word that we needed to describe PADI Dive Master Jim Phillips it would be, "Gentleman."  Kind and helpful are other words that describe Jim.  He retired after many years as the Band and Orchestra Teacher for Buhler High School.  We were lucky enough to have him give "us" a try when he was working on his Advanced and Rescue Diving certifications a ... [ Read more ]

Mike Seybert

Mike Seybert is a PADI Dive Master and belongs to a family of divers.  His is certified as a Discover Scuba Diver  (DSD) Instructor.   He loves traveling to Cozumel and diving with friends and family.

Mike Stueven

Mike Stueven is certified as a Divemaster for both recreational and technical diving.  He also holds a Discover Scuba Diving (DSD) Instructor rating.  He has many technical certifications and loves to dive "Deep and Dark."  He is manager with Tactical Safety Solutions.

Frank Williams

Frank Williams is a PADI Divemaster and Discover Scuba Diving (DSD) Instructor who dives deep and flies high.

Frank Williams is a flight nurse and paramedic with Life Team, based in Newton. Frank is also the Captain of the Butler County Rescue Squad.

Terry Cole

Terry Cole is a Dive Master with Amber Waves Diving.  He is a Discover Scuba Diving (DSD) Instructor.  Terry helps ensure students are safe as they learn SCUBA.

Herb Callender

Herb Callender is a PADI Dive Master and DSD Instructor.  Herb has been on virtually every SCUBA trip that Amber Waves Diving has sponsored.  In addition to being a dive master, Herb is certified in TecRec 50, PADI Sidemount, and as a Cavern Diver.

Loraine Anderson

Loraine is a PADI Dive Master and DSD Instructor.  She is a retired Colonel from the United States Air Force and has been SCUBA Diving all over the world.

Quinten Cunningham

Quinten is a PADI Dive Master, a DSD Instructor, and an American Heart Association BLS First Aid Instructor.  Quinten is a Derby Police Officer when he's not diving.

Trevor Riddle

Trevor is a PADI Dive Master.  His favorite place to dive, according to him, "is anywhere."   He is a defense attorney with Monnat and Spurrier and loves the outdoors.  His diving career goal is to become a PADI Open Water Instructor.

Steve Atkinson

Steve Atkinson is a PADI Divemaster and an Emergency First Response (CPR and First Aid) Instructor.

Steve is a Captain on the Sedgwick County Fire Department.

 

Brian Harvey

Brian is a Dive Master and a Service Technician.  If you want taught right and your equipment fixed right, Brian is your guy. Brian retired from the U.S. Army as a flight medic and was in the public safety field for quite some time.  He, like the rest of our great staff, is a family man who values his time with his wife and kids.