Randal Vandever

Corporal Randal joined the Army in 2005 and retired as a result of his injuries, ambushed and shot in the arm. To this day he suffers from nerve damage and limited use of his right arm and hand, but continues to look for ways to enjoy the outdoors. Randal trained with his cousin, Jesse Cannon,…

Thomas L. Hudson

Senior Airman Thomas is still active duty with the Air force after losing most of the fingers on his right hand while serving in Iraq. The water actually took away most of his hand pain. His wife, Katelyn, is also active military and trained to be his dive buddy for the 2011 trip.

Mitch Green

Mitch was born without sight, but between his thrill of adventure and supportive family, he’s a challenge to keep up with. Mitch is married with four children and is a computer technician. He wanted to try scuba diving as another dimension of adventure into the unknown.

Travis Clennon

Staff Sergeant After four tours of duty, Travis was injured on his last tour, Afghanistan, by an Improvised Explosive Device (IED).  Considered an incomplete paraplegic, he’s quite mobile with the help of leg braces and thoroughly enjoyed the 2011 “Brac with Friends” tour as a Dive Pirate.

Christina Davidson

Christina is an active 23-year-old who was born with cerebral palsy.  A graduate of the University of Alabama with degrees in Biology and Psychology, she’s now living in Albuquerque pursuing medical school.  She is a 2011 Dive Pirate recipient, trained at the New Mexico Scuba Center.

Gina McWilliams

An accomplished athlete, Gina lost her right leg below the knee in an automobile accident at age 25.   Her left foot was severed and reattached.  Since the accident, Gina has won metals in wheelchair basketball and volleyball, and is currently the coach for the Ignite Volleyball Club and serves as the middle school volleyball…

Randy Smith

Randy is an active member of his community, working at the Army Depot and managing a number of rental properties in the Corpus Christi area.  He lost his leg to a drunk-driver accident when he was 19, but continues to live a very active life that now includes diving.

Kim DeGidio

Missing most of one arm since birth, she can do more with one hand than most of us do with two. Kim is currently teaching art at the Academy of Choice in Spring Branch ISD, and joined the dive pirates for the 2011 “Brac with Friends” trip.

Jane Scott

Jane is a family general practitioner in Lubbock, TX.  A victim of polio as a small child, she has limited use of her left side, but with the help of braces and crutches she can navigate any dive boat and took to diving on the 2011 trip to Cayman Brac.

Gerard Miller

Still active in the military, Gerard suffered a gunshot wound to his left arm, and lives with nerve damage from the elbow down.  He joined the Dive Pirates as a 2011 recipient.