Dan Gade

Major Dan Gade became an Open Water Diver in September 2006 when he trained with his wife, Wendy but had to wait until after a stint in the White House liaising for veterans and the birth of twin boys to take his first trip in 2009.  Major Dan was a Ranger and will be returning…

Jim Boomer

Jim was injured in a 2002 dirt bike incident and has been a paraplegic as a result.  He is infectiously optimistic and has a great time scuba diving.  He is attending college in his hometown of Glendale, AZ.  Jim came with Dive Pirates in 2006 to the Bahamas.  

Shawn Monroe

Sergeant Monroe was a Military Police in the Army that was serving in Iraq when he received injury due to mortar fire that injured one leg and required the removal of the other.  Shawn has been joined by his wife Kristi who will be his adaptive buddy.  They finished their certifications in the Caymans in…

Doug Moneymaker

Corporal ‘Ole 1 Leg Doug’ is a Dive Pirate and an Iraqi war veteran and a native of West Texas, where he hopes to return and finish college.  He attended the first ever Dive Pirates Trip to Cayman Brac in April of 2005.  

Eric Alva

Eric Alva is retired from serving in the US Marine Corps after losing a leg to a land mine during the first day of the Iraq war. He has been recognized for his bravery by People Magazine and has raised more than $5000 for Dive Pirates. Eric has always been a long distance runner and…

Bill Duff

Bill, certified in the Fall of 2005, is the father of Adaptive Buddy Chad Burgess.  Together, they took their first trip in Cozumel.  Bill works in aviation fuel marketing for ExxonMobil.  An athlete all his life, Bill is a wheelchair basketball coach for disabled youth in Houston.