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November 13, 2012

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November 13, 2012

As a 63-year-old dive master I have been involved with Diveheart for the past several years. I am also past president of the American Association of Diving Program Administrators.(ADPA) This group is composed of dive safety officers from most of the public aquariums and marine parks in North America. in addition to working with members of our group,Diveheart has enabled many other organizations and nonprofits to help folks with disabilities all over the planet.I also was personally involved in facilitating the 1st blind and deaf diver in history on a dive trip in Cozumel 2 years ago. Spending a week with a diveheart team introducing divers with disabilities to the beauty , serenity, and adventure of diving was one of the high points in my 45 year diving career. You cannot overestimate the value of these experiences to the disabled divers or the divers fortunate enough to work with them. It was truly one of the most wonderful experiences of my life. If you love to dive, and use your skills for the good of others–volunteer with Diveheart. it can and will change your life.

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How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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November 13, 2012

Watched as my college daughter helped a wounded warrior do his first dive in a pool. He was a paraylized in a car accident. To see his joy and freedom in the water, and to see her pride in sharing her love of diving was a wonderful experience for all.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Unsure

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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November 13, 2012

Diveheart has served my son who has autism well over the years. The volunteers are all super kind and generous with their time. They have helped my him to recognize that he can accomplish something he has never tried before. I will not forget how it brought happy tears to my eyes when he did make a dive under the water in a local swimming pool. Awesome work, Diveheart! You have helped raise my son's self-esteem in a fun way.

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

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November 13, 2012

I found Diveheart as a way to continue my late husband's legacy as a dive instructor who worked with a disabled adult and opened the world to him. Jim and his team were incredible to see in action during a group trip to Bonaire and I was lucky to have been able to tag along. Clearly the divers had received extensive and careful instruction appropriate to their land based limitations - once they were in the water there were no limits it seemed! Kudos to Diveheart for opening the underwater world to so many.

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Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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November 13, 2012

As a PADI Divemaster, I LOVE to dive. It is by far when I am most at peace. It is exciting, exhilarating, and adventurous, as well as calming and beautiful. Jim Elliott and the Diveheart organization work wonders in bringing this fantastic sport to EVERYONE! By partnering with wounded warriors to assist our injured veterans, Diveheart allows our heroes to experience an amazing underwater world. With simple and sometimes complex adjustments to equipment and procedures, Diveheart allows our friends with disabilities experience the feeling of weightlessness and wonder of our lakes and oceans. Diveheart is a class act organization that is 100% about serving their clients and making a difference in their lives.

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Was your donation impactful?

Likely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

February 13, 2011

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February 13, 2011

Diveheart has opened up a brand new world for my twin sons with Autism. Both boys are avid swimmers and are on a summer swim team, but Diveheart has shown them that moving slowly in the water allows you to see and experience so much more. My sons said that "breathing underwater is like being a fish and not having to come up for air". The Diveheart volunteers are caring, supportive and I felt completely at ease watching them in the water. Thank you to Jim and the whole Diveheart organization for offering "another way to share our beautiful planet".

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Seeing my boys smiling faces when they accomplished their first scuba learning experience.

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No changes needed. Keep up the fantastic and life changing work.

October 28, 2010

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October 28, 2010

The Diveheart Instructors and Volunteers are bringing a whole new world to diving. My son with Autism was just certifed in Key Largo Florida on a Diveheart sponsored trip from Chicago. I went along as a long time diver (over 35 years) and was so moved by the experience that I signed up to be a certified buddy the next month. I now coordinate a SCUBA program at a local high school for children and adults with disabilities and disabled and wounded military. The smiles from the participants are moving.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I coordinate a scuba program at a local high school for children and adults with disabilities and disabled and wounded military. The smiles from the participants are are brighter than the sun.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

expand it to reach out to more and more people.

October 28, 2010

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October 28, 2010

I had the opportunity to experience diving with DIVEHEART at the Wisconsin Women Veterans Conference held at Ft McCoy, WI this past weekend. As a 100% disabled combat Veteran DIVEHEART helped build my confidence that I CAN particpate in active sports. The most amazing part was being able to float on the bottom of the pool and experience TOTAL pain relief for a few moments in my life. I hope DIVEHEART can expand it's program and reach all disabled veterans across the country.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Milwaukee and Ft McCoy, WI

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

make it more available to disabled veterans nation wide

October 28, 2010

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October 28, 2010

I had the privilege of working with Diveheart when they came to Key Largo this summer with 4 young men who were doing their first ocean dives with Rainbow Reef Dive Center. The staff at Diveheart and volunteers are extremely professional and dedicated, and the young men who dove with us had an amazing time. The sight of them underwater free from the confines of their mobility limitations is one I will never forget and I hope to see again and again. The beauty of the underwater world is amazing for everyone to see for the first time, but to see it when it seemed like an impossibility just months prior must have been life changing. I admire the Diveheart organization as well as everyone who works with them for their dedication to teaching people with disabilities to dive.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in showing me firsthand that people with disabilities are more than capable of enjoying scuba diving thanks to the dedicated volunteers at Diveheart.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

The only change I would make to Diveheart is that I wish they had more funding so that even more people with disabilities could learn to dive.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

I can't think of any changes they could make to improve my experience.

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

It really impacted me because I was able to see first hand the freeing experience the divers had when they were able to try scuba diving.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

It made me feel glad to be able to assist and anxious to do it again.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

October 15, 2010

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October 15, 2010

My name is John J2 Mryczko and I am a action sports enthusiast, designer, promoter, producer, entrepreneur, and motivational speaker living with a spinal cord injury. I have been involved in Action sports for almost all my life. i have tried and participated in many sports but never got a chance to try SCUBA untill DiveHeart

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i have gone diving with diveheart. video and photos at www.J2RollsOn.com and www.ExtremeChairing.org

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

do nothing.

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