Dive Pirates gives all divers chance to experience sport
By Caitlin Boland

Jon Schuetz (quadriplegia, recipient 2016) joins 2017 recipient Mandy McKenzie (incomplete Spinal Cord Injury) as she experiences for the first time the Tibbetts shipwreck off the coast of Cayman Brac.
A local dive shop, Bubbles or Not in Harlem, provides a special service to disabled veterans, law enforcement and first responder veterans who have been injured in the line of duty.
As a local chapter for the Dive Pirates Foundation, Bubbles or Not works with the foundation to recruit disabled persons to include them in the mainstream world of diving.
“Dive Pirates works at the local level, through local dive centers like Bubbles Or Not with the same passion to include people with disabilities in the mainstream world of diving,” said Theresa Cortez, director of communications for Dive Pirates Foundation. “Our goal is to introduce an adaptive diver to his or her local dive center, develop a relationship with the dive community locally and hopefully get involved with that community for years to come.”
Dive Pirates is a group of volunteers that supports the community through a passion for scuba diving. The foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, public charity.
“The Dive Pirates Foundation is dedicated to bringing scuba diving to persons with mobility disabilities,” Cortez said.
The foundation began as a social club for divers in 2003, and now, the nonprofit teaches, equips and affords disabled people the opportunity to participate in scuba diving adventures.
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