That's what people ask me. Surfing, kayaking and skydiving have been my answers. If there's been an adaptive adventure sport I've probably done it and brought it in front of others to try. The Threus Foundation has been my platform for driving over the edge. I celebrated 40th birthday last September and it’s time to refocus what I want to do with my life.
I have plans to go back to college, run a business and help others along the way. For those of you who know me, you know the ocean and water is very close to my heart. I found out about the Handicapped SCUBAAssociation and The Disabled Veterans Diving Project. I always thought that having a pneumothorax from my accident prevented me from diving.
I spoke with the doctor, and he said that I could dive since it wasn't a spontaneous type injury but a direct injury and I would reduce the risk of having an air embolism. I asked him to put it in writing and he said he needed to see me first. This is opened up whole new adventure that I never thought possible my dream of becoming a PADI Dive Instructor. I first need to get handicap certified for diving, I have certification as a PADI Dive Master but, think it's been 10 years since I dove, so it'll be a good refresher. The dive class starts January 13 and I'm so pumped up for the possibilities. Just think about it, a Disabled Veteran Diving instructor sharing dive knowledge with other Disabled Veterans coming back and of course, all potential disabled divers with the Threus Foundation.