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mimimachine - Toronto Canada 

About Me:  I am a new diver and I am also a paraplegic. I am working on getting my advanced open water certification this year. I have a spinal cord injury at T7-T8 which I got in 1998, when I was 17 years old, in a car accident caused by a drunk driver who hit me. I am now paralyzed from my mid-ribcage down and rely on a wheelchair. I love the freedom that scuba diving gives me as well as the tranquility I feel when I am underwater. I am always looking for ways to feel free of my chair and diving, to me, is the perfect way to do that.I am very active, and fiercely independent, and wish to spread to the message that life does end with spinal cord injury and that disability does not mean that you are helpless! I have an adaptive extreme sports blog at mimimachine.blogspot.com and hope to turn my dive experiences as a paralyzed person into a documentary to inspire other people with disabilities to dive.
Gender
Female
Favorite Dive Gear
My Cressi webbed hand gloves are an essential piece of gear for me as they improve my underwater swimming efficiency since I can´t use fins. I also love my Sherwood Luna BCD which isperfect for us girls who are smaller in stature and use Sherwood´s Blizzard regulator.
Favorite Dive Locations
I am hoping to dive the Florida Keys, Bonaire, shark dives in Mexico, the Galapagos, and eventually do some polar dives!
Activities
Scuba diving, adaptive skiing, horseback riding, adaptive waterskiing and wakeboarding, murderball (wheelchair rugby), swimming
Interests
Travel, extreme sports, books, history, environmental/oceanic conservation, disability advocacy and spinal cord injury awareness
Favorite Music
Tori Amos and lots more
Favorite TV Shows
The National Geographic channel, Animal Planet (especially Whale Wars!)
Favorite Movies
Elizabeth, Murderball, Step Into Liquid, The Blue Planet series
Favorite Books
100s of them! I am a book nerd!
Favorite Quotes
There is no such thing as "cant"

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Hi, if you like to dive around the world I am inviting you to see the first city in the continent of America, Santa Marta, at the foot of the tallest mountain in the tropic and a fortress build against the pirate´s attacks in Cartagena and dive along these two sites in the Colombian Caribbean, to do some spearfishing, photo, underwater video, wreck diving, etc., let me know the dates of your stay here to set you up and show you around, thanks
Written by costeno on 4/5/2010
hi! i got to use a DPV for the first time yesterday and i definitely want to buy my own, it made surface swims so much easier. photos are on my website/blog :-)
Written by mimimachine on 9/14/2009
Hello Mimimachine, something you could check into is an underwater scooter. That would let you get around underwater with ease. If you have any other questions just give one of our scuba instructor a call at 1.800.347.2822. Your Scuba.Com Team
Written by Darrick Diver on 9/13/2009

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Me (and my webbed hand gloves since I cannot use fins) diving the J.C. Morrison wreck in Lake...
Me (and my webbed hand gloves since I cannot use fins) diving the J.C. Morrison wreck in Lake...
Me (exhaling) and my dive buddy (on the left) diving the J.C. Morrison wreck in Lake Simcoe.

Me (exhaling) and my dive buddy (on the left) diving the J.C. Morrison wreck in Lake Simcoe.

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Me (and my webbed hand gloves!) diving the J.C. Morrison wreck in Lake Simcoe,  Ontario.

Me (and my webbed hand gloves!) diving the J.C. Morrison wreck in Lake Simcoe, Ontario.: Morrison Wreck, Lake Simcoe

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Me (and my webbed hand gloves since I cannot use fins) diving the J.C. Morrison wreck in Lake Simcoe,  Ontario. Me (and my webbed hand gloves since I cannot use fins) diving the J.C. Morrison wreck in Lake Simcoe, Ontario.
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