NAPLES, Fla - A Collier County teen will set out on a special dive this weekend. Alex Bork just received his scuba diving certification. But, for Alex, the obstacles he has overcome, make his story that much sweeter.
Like many teens, Alex would love to play baseball or basketball, but his mom says it's difficult to find programs in Naples that help children like Alex. So, instead of letting that deter him, he found a love for scuba diving, and he found he's pretty good at it.
When you look at 15 year old Alex Bork in the water, he looks like any other teenager. But, out of the water, Alex can't walk or even stand on his own. He was born with cerebral palsy and is wheelchair bound. The water has become his outlet.
"I feel like I can do everyday things like people who can walk and do stuff in the pool that I cando in the pool that I can't do when I'm on the ground," says Alex.
"Everything is weightless in water," says instructor Brian Marzorati. "So, he doesn't need to use the different functions of his legs. He is just like everybody else."
Alex goes to Scuba Outfitters in Naples. His parents approached instructor Brian Marzorati. "We came in with the idea that that we were just going to see if it was something he could do and he does and he does very well," says Alex's mother Theresa Bork.
Brian gladly took on the challenge and got Alex certified. "I have a six year old. He has cerebral palsy also and that's why I was excited to take on the challenge. Just because it kind of gave me hope to dive with him someday."
Alex and Brian spent the day after Christmas having one last dive in the pool at Scuba Outfitters before they head to Key Largo. That will be Alex's first dive in the ocean.
"I'm very excited. I can't wait for it," says Alex. "I love the water, I love going under water, I just love the water."
Alex and his family will leave Saturday to head to Key Largo. They will dive as a family along with Brian. This is actually their second attempt at an ocean dive. The first time, the weather didn't cooperate.