Saturday, May 8, 2021

Matt Johnston Works To Advance Adaptive Diving


Diving with any kind of disability can be a challenge, but that doesn’t mean it’s impossible. Just ask Matt Johnston.

Ten years ago, Matt became the first quadriplegic, ventilator-dependent certified scuba diver when he made two dives off of the Florida Keys.

To mark that milestone, Matt recently visited the History of Diving Museum in Islamorada, Florida, which houses a permanent exhibit — Diving A Dream — showcasing the gear he used to complete his feat.

Along with Mike Lombardi and Ocean Opportunity, the group is now working to design and develop more robust equipment that will better the lives of people with tracheotomies by allowing higher levels of physical activity.

To support Matt Johnston‘s continued mission, check out or watch the truly inspiring NBC Today Show video below. Just don’t be surprised if your room or office gets a bit dusty by the end.

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John Liang
John Liang is the News Editor at He first got the diving bug while in High School in Cairo, Egypt, where he earned his PADI Open Water Diver certification in the Red Sea off the Sinai Peninsula. Since then, John has dived in a volcanic lake in Guatemala, among white-tipped sharks off the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, and other places including a pool in Las Vegas helping to break the world record for the largest underwater press conference.


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