Cody Johnson joined the Marines and spent a year and a half in the infantry before being medically discharged for a problem with his ankles. In 2014, Cody suffered a gunshot wound to his left leg, resulting in an amputation. In 2015, he applied to the Dive Pirates Foundation. This came after a friend at the gym told him about The Dive Shop in Little Rock, AR. Frequently, Cody grew up watching his parents scuba dive and spending time on the boat. He always hoped to one day see below the surface.