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MSU student uses Montana lakes to train for scuba diving fundraiser

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Posted at 4:32 PM, Apr 04, 2022
and last updated 2022-04-04 18:34:16-04

BOZEMAN — When you think of Montana you think of our picturesque mountains and vast fields far away from the ocean. But Kevin Schuman, a PhD student at Montana State University, did something unique in our landlocked state.

“It's less about seeing what's down there, because you sort of know what's down there, but more of exploring something that people were not meant to explore,” said Schuman.

When Schuman moved to Montana he wanted to connect with the outdoors - but not in the traditional Montana way.

“I came from out of state, and I was like, I need a hobby and I looked into, climbing, skiing and all those sorts of things,” he said.

He chose scuba diving. You may be wondering: in a landlocked state, where do you start?

“Scuba diving up at Hyalite, the reservoir, Canyon Ferry. I've also dove around some of the lakes around Glacier National Park,” said Schuman.

The million-dollar question: what's it like being in the water in Montana? “A lot of rocks, a lot of mud,” Schuman said.

Scuba diving led him to fundraise for SameYou, a charity aimed at helping survivors recover from strokes and brain injuries.

“You know on the drive back from Canyon Ferry, where we were diving I remembered, ‘Oh, SameYou exists and maybe this is something I can do',” Schuman said.

That inspired him to scuba dive in Monterey Bay for SameYou. “It's just incredible; there is something about it more vertical, that there is a canopy,” said Shuman.

“By creating this fundraiser I want people to recognize that there is a problem. Most people just keep to themselves,” Schuman said.

Schuman says he wants to start a conversation and create support.

“People feel abandoned, lonely, and unsupported after having a brain injury,” he said.

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