Cody joined the Marines and spent a year and a half in the infantry before being medically discharged, a problem with his ankles. In 2014 Cody suffered a gunshot wound to his left leg, which had to be amputated. In 2015 he applied to the Dive Pirates Foundation after a friend at the gym told him about The Dive Shop in Little Rock, AR. Cody grew up watching his parents scuba dive, spending time on the boat hoping to one day see below the surface.