Danny has been diving since he was 15 years old. For those of you that know him: that is 44 years of diving experience! He feels very fortunate that his wife Jimmi enjoys diving as much as he does, as she has been diving for 18 years herself. We loved the sport so much, we both became dive instructors so we would be able to share the experience with others. We are the parents to 5 children, 4 of whom enjoy diving. We also have 11 grandchildren who are starting to love the water too! Once again we are very blessed and fortunate! You can find us most weekends from April to November on Bull Shoals Lake where the water is beautiful and clear. If we aren't teaching classes we are spearfishing or just enjoying the lake.
In 2011 we purchased Steve's Scuba from Steve and Millie Walls (hence the original name, Steve's Scuba) who started the business 26 years earlier. This business is now 34 years old and growing! It was time for us to rename Steve's Scuba and start our own chapter as Diver's Oasis.
Our goal is to be the BEST PADI Dive Center in Springfield Missouri. In order to do this we have staffed our store with a courteous, knowledgeable, helpful and professionally trained crew. We have stocked our store with the best dive equipment available and priced ourselves to compete with internet sellers.
Come in and see the difference that over 110 years of combined dive experience will make!
I have grown up diving. I started diving when I was around 10 years old and just fell in love with the underwater world.
I have been working my way up the diving ladder. I am now a Dive Master and as of 2020 also an instructor for Diver's Oasis! You will also see me at the front desk or talk to me on the phone as well.
I started working here when the store was called Steve's Scuba. Starting this new chapter with Diver's Oasis is very exciting and I can't wait to see what is new.
Ben Agee grew up in Ozark, Missouri, and has lived in the Springfield area ever since. Ben started diving in 2001 and earned his PADI Divemaster certification in early 2018. He holds certifications and experience as a Rescue Diver, Emergency First Aid, Nitrox, Advanced Deep Diving, Night Diving, Advanced Navigation, Boat Diving, Mine Diving, and Search and Recovery. He graduated from Drury University in 2009 with a degree in biology and received his MBA from Missouri State University in 2018. Ben enjoys traveling and has experience diving in California, the Florida Keys, Cozumel, Honduras, Cabo San Lucas, as well as many of the local lakes and rivers. He also spent 3 years volunteering at the Johnny Morris Wonders of Wildlife Museum between 2013 and 2015, where he helped to introduce new fish into the aquariums and assist with general upkeep of the quarantine building. Ben loves the outdoors! In his spare time if he is not diving, he can be found hiking, camping, floating, fishing, hunting, or rock climbing.
My first experience scuba diving was a resort course (discover scuba) in Jamaica. While I didn’t get certified right away because of the age of my daughter at the time and the thought that I wouldn’t be able to use it, I was hooked and certainly wanted to. In 2009, we moved to Houston, Texas, and took our boat with us. We didn’t care for the lakes there, or the commute, so we eventually sold it. My love for the water, and now with no boat, led me to get certified. I obtained my advanced open water not long after open water. After moving back to Springfield and when my oldest daughter was old enough for junior diver, I decided to take rescue diver. Dive master and instructor each came shortly thereafter. I have dove all over the Caribbean (ask me about my rental house in Bonaire!) but also enjoy the local lakes. When I am not at the lake, you may find me on a mountain biking trail or the golf course, or in my recliner during football season.
Like many of you, scuba diving is something "I always wanted to do." I love clear blue water and white sandy beaches, so why not combine the two with scuba?
I learned to dive in 1996 and continued on to become an instructor in 2000. There is nothing better than to see the joy on a person's face when they breathe underwater for the first time! I joined Steve's Scuba in 2014 and became a PADI instructor that August. I am exited to be now a part of the new chapter Diver's Oasis. I love to travel and take underwater photos and to share the adventure of diving with others.
Jeff Rook has been working at Diver's Oasis since 2014. He's our in-house scuba gear servicing master, so when you need your gear serviced, Jeff will be the one to help you out! He also teaches some of our dive classes. He became a Master Scuba Diver Trainer in 2018.
Molly has been a part of the Diver's Oasis Team since 2017. She became an IDC Staff Instructor in 2015. She has the knowledge and experience that it takes to help teach and train new PADI professionals!
Sherri became a Divemaster in 2016. You'll see her in the shop from time to time working the front desk and providing excellent customer service to everyone who comes by the store. You might talk to her on the phone sometimes too.
Tim became a Divemaster in 2018, and a specialty instructor in 2020. If you're planning on taking any PADI specialties with Diver's Oasis, chances are you'll get to learn with Tim!