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 ]

Michael Jernigan

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 Hull

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. 

Chris Hulett

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. ... [ Read more ]

Susan Hulett

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 s ... [ Read more ]

Brian Harvey

Brian is a PADI Open Water Instructor 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. ... [ Read more ]

Blaine Garrett

Blaine is a PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer and is a certified Emergency First Responder and American Heart Association Instructor. He 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 Open Water Scuba Instructor.  She is also a certified Emergency First Responder and American Heart Association Instructor .  She works full time as an academic coordinator for the Wichita State University Technical Institute.

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 ]

Neil Garrett

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.

Gary Head

Gary is a PADI Dive Master and loves helping others who want to learn how to dive.  By day he manages a Co-op in Valley Center.

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 ]

Mark Armfield

Dr. Mark  Armfield  is  one  of  our PADI Open Water Instructors 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.

Chad Winton

Chad is a PADI Open Water Instructor  and a Emergency First Responder Instructor with Amber Waves Diving Co. He is also a Public Safety Instructor with Dive Rescue International.

Eric Buck

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.

Russell "Rusty" Coad

Russell Coad is a PADI Open Water Instructor.  By day his is a successful Dentist and is passionate about his faith and family. 

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.

Shawn Hayes

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.

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 ]

Mark Schwebke

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.

Chris Wirths

Chris Wirths is a PADI Dive Master.  He is employed by the Wichita Fire Department and is assigned to the Rescue Team. He is mild mannered and a very patient teacher.

Jonathan Jarvis

Jon is a PADI Dive Master and a Lieutenant on the Wichita Fire Department.  His assignments include supervision and Rescue Team activities. A "Kind Heart" is one of the best ways to describe Jon.

Kurt Morvant

Kurt is a PADI Dive Master and a Wichita Fire Department officer assigned to the Rescue Team.  You will love his teaching style, like all of our staff your success and safety is always on the top of his list.

Frank Williams

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.

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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Daniel Iacuzzi

Daniel is a Sedgwick County Firefighter by day and caught the SCUBA bug while on the Rescue Team.  He hails from Australia so he is aptly nicknamed Aussie.  G-Day Mate!

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.


Colleen Beckley

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.