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Instructor Jeff Davis helps get John Harris under control during his first open water dive at White Star Park.

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John Harris goes over his pre-dive plan with scuba instructor Jeff Davis at White Star Park in Gibsonburg. Harris was paralyzed from the waist down in a motorcycle accident last year.

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John's father, Rod Harris, and sister, Ashley Harris, listen as he talks through the dive plan with instructor Jeff Davis.

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From left, Ashley, John, and Rod Harris prepare their dive gear.

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John Harris jokes with instructor Jeff Davis as father Rod Harris wheels his him toward the water's edge.

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Scuba instructor Jeff Davis, left, and dive control specialist Jason Thor carry John Harris down to the water.

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Ashley Harris helps her brother John Harris check his equipment.

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Instructor Jeff Davis, left, holds onto John Harris as he dips under the water. Ashley Harris and Jason Thor look on.

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Dive instructor Jeff Davis brings John Harris to the surface of the water.

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John's sister Ashley Harris prepares for her first open water dive as father Rod Harris watches from shore.

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John Harris, floating, sister Ashley Harris and instructor Jeff Davis prepare to go for a dive.

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Ashley Harris, left, and brother John Harris, left, pause as fish swim past. They are trailed by dive control specialist Jason Thor.

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John Harris, right, swims using his hands as he and sister Ashley Harris, left, scuba dive in White Star Park.

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Instructor Jeff Davis signals to Ashley Harris, left, and John Harris, right, to come up a little, during their first open water dive.

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Weights are secured to John Harris's ankles to keep his body level in the water.

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Dive instructor Jeff Davis signals to Ashley Harris, left, an John Harris, right, asking if they are OK.

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In the water, John Harris, left, finds a new sense of freedom despite his paralyzed legs.

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John Harris, right, gets a high-five from instructor Jeff Davis as he and sister Ashley, left, complete their first open water dive.

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John Harris, center, sister Ashley Harris, right, and dive control specialist Jason Thor, left, head back toward shore.

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John Harris basks in the warm sun after completing his first open water dive at White Star Park in Gibsonburg.

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Ashley Harris talks with her brother John Harris as he floats in the water completing their dive.

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Instructor Jeff Davis and dive control specialist Jason Thor, left, carry John Harris out of the water as his father Rod holds his wheel chair.

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Rod Harris pushes his son John back toward the vehicle after he and sister Ashley, right, finished their dive.

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John Harris is all smiles after completing his first open water dive. He is now a certified open-water diver.

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