Rating: 4.99 stars 78 78 reviews 3,455
Health, Human Services, Sports
900 Ogden Ave #274 Downers Grove IL 60515 USA
Diveheart helps build confidence and independence in children, adults and veterans with disabilities through the sport of scuba diving. The DIVEHEART VISION: It is our hope to bring the disabled dive industry up to the level of the disabled ski industry by 2020. For example: fifty or more years ago if an individual in a wheelchair rolled up to a ski resort in Colorado and wanted to downhill ski, there were no opportunities. Today, many ski resorts and operators around the world cater to skiers with disabilities, giving them the opportunity to experience the excitement of Alpine skiing. We believe that as individuals with disabilities discover that scuba diving is an activity that they can easily participate in, the tide will rise and the growing demand will necessitate that dive retailers, manufacturers, instructors, operators and resorts recognize and meet the need.
Diveheart has programs for children, adults and veterans with disabilities.
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My son is autistic. Dive Heart has helped him develop in ways that I could not have done myself. Thank You to all the fine Dive Heart volunteers for your loving care that you have shared to my family.
The people at Diveheart (staff and volunteers) are truly amazing! The work they do to assist folks with challenges is second to none. A wonderful organization with an outstanding mission. I'd give them 10 stars if I could.
Diveheart Foundation goes out of their way to provide an excellent experience for their participants. As a new volunteer I was amazed by how the dive instructors catered to the physical and emotional challenges of each individual. Everyone had a great time and I am already looking forward to the next adaptive dive event!
Diveheart is an amazing organization that breaks down physical, psychological and emotional barriers through the therapeutic sport of SCUBA. The benefits for its participants are real and immediate, Diveheart changes lives on a daily basis. People with mobility challenges are suddenly free to move in a weightless environment. People with cognitive challenges experience a sense of accomplishment and tranquility that only SCUBA can offer. The president, Jim Elliott does not take a salary, and his is fantastic - always looking for ways to help adaptive divers and their families. As a Diveheart volunteer, I have had the privilege to witness this all first-hand. It is a First-Class Organization on every level!
I have had the privilege to volunteer with Dive Heart, to support their efforts which provide opportunities to give experiences the joy of underwater exploration. They provide exceptional training to people who volunteer to provide a safe experience for the participants.
I am truly grateful to share the experience with the participants and other staff.
Back in April I lost my right leg when I was ran over by a car while changing my tire. My father took me on a vacation to pompano beach Florida to see relatives and for me to dive again. Divehearts set me up with Nikole from force-e and Divehearts. We went on a few dives as it was the first time back in the water since the accident. Nikole is an exceptional person and very professional. I hope everyone that gets help from your organization has a person like Nikole. I was very comfortable once I was in the water and she was going at my speed, I didn't have to try and keep up with her. She took some awesome pictures and posted them for me then once I was home she sent me a video she made while we were diving as a surprise that I was unaware that she was making. I was to say thank you to you organization for all the help you give people by having volunteers that are willing to give the time and effort to help people with disabilities
When my daughter wanted to get her Open Water certification a local dive shop didn't feel comfortable training her because of her limb difference. - they referred us to Diveheart, an organization I had never heard of previously. The Diveheart team was amazing in how they worked with my daughter to achieve her OW certification. This gave her a sense of accomplishment in an area she had struggled and improved her self-esteem. I've observed their work on many occasions - the staff and volunteers are truly dedicated to their cause and care deeply about the people they assist through Diveheart.
Diveheart helps disabled children, adults and veterans build confidence and experience freedom through SCUBA. The founder/president does not draw a salary, and key roles are filled by dedicated volunteers.
Sharing a dive with someone who could not otherwise dive is one of the best ways to dive! And then the "thank you" that person gives me after the dive is one of the best "thank yous" I have ever received. One of the best ways I can spend my free time is volunteering with Diveheart.
I learned about this incredible organization back in late 2003. I was amazed that they got kids with disabilities out of their wheelchairs and into such an exciting sport. I work with kids with disabilities and thought that it would be the coolest thing to get them diving. Well I did! Now 12 years later I am still getting my students involved in diving.
I believe in the mission of this organization wholeheartedly! So much so that I joined the board six years ago! Since my beginnings with Diveheart, we have grown from just serving children with disabilities, to serving adults and our nations veterans with disabilities as well!
I am a Recreation Therapist by trade, so I understand how participation in an activity can increase the self worth and self-esteem for a person with a disability. Plus, scuba diving offers a gravity-free environment that is so exhilarating for person who has a mobility impairment or paralysis. And the most exciting part is that scuba diving is the coolest thing!
The volunteers with this organization are incredibly amazing!!! They offer their time, resources, etc. and often times fund their way on trips just so our participants can experience the thrill of a lifetime. For many of our volunteers, this is more than "just helping out." It is a passion that they have to help better the lives of others!
Ronald F. Rispoli, MS, CTRS
Diveheart Board Member
I was fortunate to learn about Diveheart and its mission to assist kids with disabilities in the exciting sport of scuba diving more than a decade ago. Because of my background as a Recreation Therapist and my passion for assisting people with disabilities, I became involved and got my students involved in the program. More than 10 years later the Diveheart mission has grown to include not only kids, but also adults and veterans with disabilities as well. Our mission is to increase a person's self-worth and self esteem through scuba.
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I have been working in the disability field more than 10 years and Diveheart Foundation by far has done more for people with disabilities than any other group that I know. I first met Diveheart in 2003 at a conference and was so intrigued by their zest for helping people that I brought them in to work with my students who have severe physical disabilities. Eight years later, some 30+ students served, and four life-changing SCUBA trips to the Florida Keys, Diveheart has made a tremendous impact on the lives of my students. They and I are forever grateful for the work they do and the compassion they have for working with others.
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seeing the difference that it has made in the life of my students. A few of them have done a complete 180 in their view on life. They have gone from "sitting on the sidelines" to being players in the game.
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