a Living Legacy...
Meet Matt Johnston, explorer, pioneer, and inspiration to many. He is a man who has set out not to push limits, but to define them.

In November 2006, at age 29, after a lifelong battle with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, and a near three year pursuit of his dream, Matt achieved a HUGE first for the adaptive scuba community, being the first ventilator dependent individual in the world to dive in the ocean.

Matt's vision has inspired many. In collaboration with Ocean Opportunity, the 'Diving a Dream' project has been created as a focal point to motivate others in their pursuit to realize their own dreams, and demonstrate the unprecedented accomplishments that are made possible when a personal obsession to maximize one's potential, unselfishly, become realized.

The Diving a Dream Charitable Fund
Matt continues to live life to the fullest, taking steps to create new opportunities for the adaptive scuba community. General support, not allocated for a specific element of Matt's dream, is invested into our endowment to keep Matt's legacy alive perpetually. Annually, funds are administered on Matt's behalf to his charities of choice, thus keeping his name, and passion for the ocean, alive indefinitely. All contributed funds are tax-deductible to the extent allowable by law. Ocean Opportunity, the 501(c)3 not for profit fiscal sponsor of Diving a Dream, is managing and administering this Fund.

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Elements of Matt's Legacy


Buy the Manual!
Support Matt's dream by buying the "Manual for Ventilator Dependent Quadriplegic Diving". This new book is the blueprint for others to follow who face similar challenges as Matt and want to go diving. Authored by Matt Johnston. Edited by Michael Lombardi and Margaret Schmitt. Foreword by John Chatterton. 34pp plus photos. Proceeds from each manual purchased benefit the Diving a Dream project.

Exhibit at the History of Diving Museum
In August 2008, nearly two years after Matt's pioneering ocean dive, the History of Diving Museum located in the Florida Keys opened an exhibit to recognize Matt's contributions to diving. The exhibit is immortalizing Matt's legacy in diving's history.

As seen on NBC's Today Show!

National television debut: Matt's interview with Ann Curry on 'Today'
Click the NBC Today Show logo to the left to view Ann Curry's exclusive interview with Matt Johnston prior to his history making ocean dive, and highlights of the pioneering dive itself.

'A Will to Live, A Dream to Dive
Matthew Johnston's lasting legacy will be carried on for generations thanks to a 2007 Quality of Life Grant from the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation. The grant allowed Ocean Opportunity to complete and distribute a short film highlighting Matt's journey.

Adaptive Diving in the Minnesota Area
While collaborating with the Diveheart Foundation, Matt & Diving a Dream are making strides to create adaptive diving opportunities near Matt's home in Minnesota.

SDI's Scubility Program
In March 2006, Matt became the first diver certified through Scuba Diving International's adaptive diving program, 'Scubility'. This was a major breakthrough in adaptive diving, as Matt was also the first diver ever certified that is fully ventilator dependent. Folks interested in adaptive diver training are encouraged to learn more about Scubility at the SDI website.

"So many of our dreams at first seem impossible, then they seem improbable, and then, when we summon the will, they soon become inevitable."

... Christopher Reeve ...

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