His story began about a year after graduating high school, that’s when Cody left the University of Oregon to join the United States Coast Guard. During his time in the service, Cody graduated from one of the most elite schools in the military, known as Coast Guard Helicopter Rescue Swimmer School. After graduating, Cody spent four years serving the Great Lakes region as a Helicopter Rescue Swimmer conducting search and rescue operations. During his time in the Great Lakes he began to collect and write down the lessons he learned as a rescue swimmer in the form of a best-selling Coast Guard Rescue Swimmer book.
Shortly after completing his book, Cody left the Coast Guard to finish his degree at the University of Colorado in Boulder, Colorado, where he currently resides.