Dive Chapter

Bryan Estvanko

Bryan had just finished his Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering and was about to start is Master’s Degree when he crashed his dirt bike.  He is now an incomplete paraplegic.  Four years later Bryan completed his Masters in Structural Engineering and works for the Army Corp of Engineers in New Mexico.   His wife plans…

Roger Nelson

Specialist Roger was serving in the US Army as a big crane operator when he was in a car accident on post.  The accident broke his back, causing paraplegia.  A lifelong swimmer, he hasn’t been back in the water since his accident but is looking forward to getting out of his chair and enjoy the…

Johnny Clay Fisher, Jr.

Johnny was in a major car accident that claimed his right leg below the knee.  He is training for the 2013 trip, but jump started his training by working with friends and family to sponsor his gear.  A truck driver who believes in living life to his fullest, Johnny is a very active 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.

Katalyna (Kippa) Weil

Kat was injured as a teenager in a car accident but is leading a great life with her mother in Albuquerque, NM. They trained together and were very excited to be part of the 2010 trip. Kat’s story has been told in a book and a made for TV movie in the 1980’s. Kat loves…

Justin Hendrikson

Corpsman Petty Officer 3rd Class A native of the Pittsburgh area, Justin now lives there and is attending nursing school, a career he wants to pursue after being a Navy Corpsman during Operation Iraqi Freedom.   He has always wanted to dive and Dive Pirates was happy to train him after his injury in Iraq. …

Stanley Vigil

Stanley was injured in an unusual surfing accident that led to paralysis from the waist down.  He still loves the water and was very excited to learn to dive.  He will return in 2010 with his wife, Cheryl, because she sees how fun it is and wants in on the party.

Becca Lockhart

Becca was born in the former Soviet Union and was adopted at the age of 7 by Lee Lockhart of St Petersburg, FL. She does not have fully formed hands or feet, but this has never stopped her as she played for her highschool volleyball team and took quickly to scuba diving. She just graduated…

Leland Walker

Seaman Leland Walker was injured in 1997 in basic training and was certified on the Brac trip in 2007.  Leland lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico with his sister, Muzette, who was also one of his dive buddies along with Ollie Waters and Stacey Minton. Leland never quits smiling while he dives.