Woman Goes Deep Sea Diving... In Her Wheelchair! So What's Your Excuse?

March 5, 2014

Sue Austin started scuba diving after an illness left her restricted to a wheelchair over 16 years ago. Inspired by the experience, she began to develop an entirely new sport: Wheelchair Diving.

Sue Austin wheelchair diving
Photos: Dan Burton

She explores the underwater world with the help of plastic fins attached to the footrests of her chair.

Sue Austin wheelchair diving
Photos: Dan Burton

The whole project, which started as an art work, is a wonderful metaphor for the freedom that wheelchairs give to their users.

Sue Austin wheelchair diving
Photos: Dan Burton

Sue Austin is working to redefine the popular notion of "disability".

Sue Austin wheelchair diving
Photos: Dan Burton

By exploring the Red Sea in her wheelchair...

Sue Austin wheelchair diving
Photos: Dan Burton

Sue Austin wheelchair diving
Photos: Dan Burton

Sue Austin wheelchair diving
Photos: Dan Burton

Sue Austin wheelchair diving
Photos: Dan Burton

Sue Austin wheelchair diving
Photos: Dan Burton

Sue Austin wheelchair diving
Photos: Dan Burton

Sue Austin wheelchair diving
Photos: Dan Burton

Sue Austin wheelchair diving
Photos: Dan Burton

Sue Austin wheelchair diving
Photos: Dan Burton

So what's your excuse?

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