Scuba Diving

Leo Morales

PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor / Scuba Instructor for People with Disabilities


Having lost a leg to an aggressive form of cancer in 2008, Leo Morales’ passion for diving not only kept him in the water but also motivated him to become a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor. “Disability is about perception. You are able to do the most amazing things,” says Morales. “Scuba diving gave me my life back.” Today, in his native Mexico, he teaches diving to others with disabilities and sees his career as a means to draw attention to the abilities of those who have physical challenges. Morales shares his story of struggles with depression and adversity to inspire people around the planet about the power of a positive mind. “My aspiration is to travel the world and encourage others to believe there are no limitations to what can be achieved,” he says. His vehicle for spreading this message: his love of scuba diving.


Mexico City,

Career Highlights

  • Set two world records for Adapted Diving (Deepest Disabled Diver and Longest Distance Disabled Scuba Dive)
  • Participated as a TEDx speaker, Motivator
  • Wrote the book, Dive-abled, The Leo Morales Story
  • Protagonist of the documentary, “The Story of a Warrior”, and “The Current” with Jean Michel Cousteau
  • Became certified as a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor, Technical Diver, and instructor with both the Handicap Scuba Association (HSA) and Disabled Divers International (DDI)

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