Edward Monzu

Edward lost his hearing when he was 15 months old and relies mostly on sign language for communication.  Trained with an interpreter at DiVentures in Omaha, NE,  he is now a classified open water diver.  He works for the Air Force in Omaha.

Raymond Hernandez

Retired Specialist E4, US Army.  Ray served in the infantry from 1985-1988 stationed in Germany and Ft. Knox.  After his military career he suffered a gunshot wound causing a spinal cord injury, resulting in paraplegia.  He is very active and enjoys swimming and wheelchair tennis.

Emily Obert

Emily is a product design engineer for the auto industry, a career that brought her to Michigan.  Involved in other adaptive sports where she used to live, she started searching out opportunities online and found John Iszler and Capital City Scuba, a great Dive Pirates Chapter that has already sponsored past recipients.  On September 4th,…

Matthew Trull

Matthew found out about us from some of his wife’s co-workers and will be trained by our new chapter Rock Bottom Divers near Tampa, FL.   In 1977, when he was 6 years old, Matt was hit by a car crossing the road without looking both ways, the contusion causing paraplegia.

Jessica Smith

In December 2012 Jessica had just finished finals at the University of Arkansas when she fell ill and went to the emergency room.  Thinking she just had flu, she was treated and sent home, only to be found later by her fiance with her extremities turning blue and fighting what was later diagnosed as a…

Adam Hood

A motorcycle accident in 2007 changed Adam’s life, but not his adventurous spirit.  Now an active person with paraplegia, Adam was a welder before the accident and is now into wood turning.  Adam is a member of a water ski team and is anxious to try scuba diving, something he always wanted to do before…

Matt Lurvey

Matt’s brother Tony heard people talking about us at Mammoth Lake (good news travels even faster!)  and called Matt to see if he wanted to go scuba diving.  Of course he said yes, Matt’s spinal cord injury caused quadriplegia from a motorcycle accident in 2004.

John Kennedy

Retired US Army Specialist E2.  John proudly served in the United States Army.  In 2004 he was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. He works very hard to keep his mobility, using a walker or cane when possible, and a power chair to reserve strength on outings.  John’s wife Bridgett is training to be John’s dive buddy.