Matt Johnston Works To Advance Adaptive Diving

Quadriplegic, Ventilator-Dependent Scuba Diver Matt Johnston Visited The History of Diving Museum

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.