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Scuba Diving with John Harris

John Harris, 17, was paralyzed from the waist down in a motorcycle accident last year. The teen and his sister Ashley, 19, have taken up scuba diving. On July 6, 2011 they completed their first open water dive at White Star Park in Gibsonburg, Ohio. They were accompanied by instructor Jeff Davis and dive specialist Jason Thor. CLICK ANY IMAGE TO VIEW FULL PHOTO, START SLIDE SHOW.

Instructor Jeff Davis  helps get John Harris under control during his first open water dive at White Star Park. Enlarge | Buy This Photo 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. Enlarge | Buy This Photo John Harris goes over his pre-dive plan with scuba instructor Jeff Davis at White Star Park in Gibsonburg. Harris ...
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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. Enlarge | Buy This Photo 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. Enlarge | Buy This Photo 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. Enlarge | Buy This Photo 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. Enlarge | Buy This Photo 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. Enlarge | Buy This Photo 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. Enlarge | Buy This Photo 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. Enlarge | Buy This Photo 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. Enlarge | Buy This Photo 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. Enlarge | Buy This Photo 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. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Ashley Harris, left, and brother John Harris, left, pause as fish swim past. They are trailed by dive control specialist ...
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John Harris, right, swims using his hands as he and sister Ashley Harris, left, scuba dive in White Star Park. Enlarge | Buy This Photo 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. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Instructor Jeff Davis signals to Ashley Harris, left, and John Harris, right, to come up a little, during their first ...
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Weights are secured to John Harris's ankles to keep his body level in the water. Enlarge | Buy This Photo 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. Enlarge | Buy This Photo 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. Enlarge | Buy This Photo 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. Enlarge | Buy This Photo John Harris, right, gets a high-five from instructor Jeff Davis as he and sister Ashley, left, complete their first ...
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John Harris, center, sister Ashley Harris, right, and dive control specialist Jason Thor, left, head back toward shore. Enlarge | Buy This Photo 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. Enlarge | Buy This Photo 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. Enlarge | Buy This Photo 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. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Instructor Jeff Davis and dive control specialist Jason Thor, left, carry John Harris out of the water as his father ...
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Rod Harris pushes his son John back toward the vehicle after he and sister Ashley, right, finished their dive. Enlarge | Buy This Photo 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. Enlarge | Buy This Photo John Harris is all smiles after completing his first open water dive. He is now a certified open-water diver.
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