Meet the Amber Waves Team
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.
Tyler’s most important role is that of Husband, father, and grandfather.
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 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.
John is one of the owner/partners with Amber Waves Diving Company, Inc. He is a PADI Open Water Dive Instructor and an Emergency First Response Instructor. He is known for his quiet, patient, and persistent demeanor to do things right.
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. Tim is qualified to service SCUBA equipment from a number of top manufacturers, including Scubapro, Sherwood and Genesis, Apeks, and Aqualung. Tim also is certified for tank inspection and will help you with any gear repair.
Chris Hulett is a PADI Course Director and Emergency First Response Instructor Trainer with the Amber Waves Dive family. His love for life and adventure translates to his love for diving. Whether your interested in just becoming Recreational SCUBA Diver or a Professional PADI Instructor, Chris can make that happen. Chris will keep you laughing and smiling so make sure you keep your regulator is in your mouth. He is also FULL SPEED ahead so make sure you eat your Cheerios!
Susan Hulett is a PADI Instructor Development Staff Instructor and an American Heart Association BLS Instructor as well as a Emergency First Responder 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.
Mike is a PADI Instructor Development Open Water Instructor and holds technical dive certifications in PADI Tec 50, Side-Mount and Cavern. He is also a Emergency First Responser and American Heart Association BLS and Heartsaver Instructor. 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
Jennifer is a PADI Instructor Development Open Water Instructor and an American Heart Association BLS Advanced First Aid Instructor. By day she is a teacher for the Derby School District 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.
Blaine is a PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer and is a certified Emergency First Responder and and instructor with both the American Safety and Health Institute and American Heart Association. He has been with Amber Waves from the start and is an adopted member of the Brewer Family.
Wendy is a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor. She is also a certified Emergency First Responder and is an instructor with both the American Heart Association and American Safety and Health Institute.
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. Royce is certified to teach 13 different specialties and can take you from your Open Water Diver rating through Assistant Instructor. He is also a certified Enriched Air Nitrox gas blender.
Royce’s favorite dive location is Cozumel. He also likes to dive Puget Sound, where the water is cold year round and full of life, especially Fox Island with screaming currents for an amusement park like ride. Royce also likes the kelp beds off of the southern California coast.
Brian is a PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer and our Service Manager. He is also an Emergency First Responder Instructor. 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.
Neil Garrett is an Instructor holding a Master Scuba Training Diver status with Amber Waves Diving. He is retired from the U.S. Army where he had a very distinguished career. He has traveled the world, found the love of his life in Germany, and loves walking his dog. You will enjoy his teaching style and laid back personality.
Dr. Mark Armfield is one of our PADI Open Water Instructors who, along with his wife Melodee, have 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.
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. Thomas, VI for Underwater Safaris for two years. He also attended the Commercial Diving Academy in Jacksonville, FL where he received a commercial diving license. He grew up in Wichita and we were lucky enough to hire him when he returned to the area.
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.
Gary is a PADI SCUBA and Emergency First Response Instructor. By day he manages a couple of Co-ops in Sedgwick County.
Dan Wegner is a PADI Instructor Development Course Staff Instructor and a PADI TecRec Instructor. He is also an Emergency First Response Instructor.
Dan retired from the Sedgwick County Fire Department and works hard at being a great Grandpa. He specializes in teaching technical rescue skills to firefighters and holds a PADI Public Safety Instructor certification.
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 and he quickly moved from being a customer to that of a true friend. He hails from New York state and if you need to know something about diving the lakes in New York he is your guy.
Have you ever heard someone say, “He’s just a nice guy.” Well, meet that nice guy…..Mark Schwebke. You will love his patience and dive skills as he helps you through your SCUBA adventure.
Mitch is a PADI Dive Master
Patrick is a PADI Dive Master. His day job is that of a NCO in the U.S. Air Force. He is a SCUBA enthusiast who always ready to learn, teach, or talk SCUBA.
Shawn Hayes is a PADI Dive Master and a Public Safety Instructor for Dive Rescue International. He is employed by the Wichita Fire Department and is assigned to the WFD Rescue Team. His excitement for the sport of diving is infectious and you will be in safe hands if Shawn is your Dive Master.
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.
Colleen is a certified instructor in American Heart Association and American Safety and Health Institute. She has wonderful singing voice and stage presence which translates to her teaching expertise. She always has a smile and makes every class fun while she teaches you a life saving skill.
Frank Williams is a PADI Divemaster and Discover Scuba Diving (DSD) Instructor who dives deep and flies high.
Frank Williams is the EMS Director for Butler County and is also Director of the Butler County Rescue Team.
C. Eugene Brown
Eugene is full of life and always ready to lend a helping hand. He has been on the fast track since he took his first SCUBA course and loves to blow bubbles.
Eric is a PADI Master Scuba Trainer and has his priorities aligned perfectly. God, family, and diving. By day he works as a flight paramedic and Administrator for Life Save.