Diveheart Foundation

Rating: 4.99 stars   81 reviews

Address:

900 Ogden Ave #274 Downers Grove IL 60515 USA

Mission:

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.

Programs:

Diveheart has programs for children, adults and veterans with disabilities.

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Reviews for Diveheart Foundation

Rating: 5 stars  

Just got back from the trip to Cozumel. Amazing how a group came together to have such a meaningful and great time!

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

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!

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

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!

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

Isabel

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

 
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1 person found this review helpful

Hello, my name Kirk. I am a disable veteran. I found diveheart through another member of my VFW when I was talking to him about my recent diving certification and experience a couple years ago. Since then, I have learned a lot from the other members and participants. There is so much to be gained from scuba and having a disability. As a volunteer and a client, I have seen how it affects others with disabilities and felt it myself. Jim Elliot is one of the great ones! He is knowledgable and very passionate. It bring excitement to all that we do in the group. I look forward to every event and any way I can help. I really hope that we can make the vision of this organization come true. The results of a facility for therapeutic diving, here in midwest, would be a truly beneficial accomplishment. The amount of people we could reach and help would be astonishing!

 
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1 person found this review helpful

Over the last several years, I have worked with several non-profits in various cities across the country... and in all honesty I had become quite disenfranchised. Almost every group I had volunteered with or donated to ended up being mired in internal politics or drama, and many were more focused on serving the founder or the board's financial or political gains.

I was introduced to Diveheart by a random encounter and have (literally) jumped in with both feet since our first meeting. The things that this organization has accomplished are truly amazing... and it's extremely evident that they've only scratched the surface of the amazing things to come.

I can't say enough good about Diveheart, and I hope you'll take some time to learn more about the organization yourself!

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?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2015

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I have volunteered at Diveheart for a few months now and have been impressed with their dedication to their participants. It is rare to see people who truly care for those in need, but the excellent staff at Diveheart definitely do!

 
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I’ve been volunteering for Diveheart for about a year now. I mostly volunteer in the office and have become very close with the board members and staff. They have provided me with multiple opportunities to learn and I am able to see firsthand how committed they are to making this organization successful. The founders dedicate their whole life to Diveheart. They are constantly thinking about how to make improvements and what would be best for the participants.
One of my favorite things about Diveheart is being able to engage with the participants and hear their stories about how rewarding scuba diving is for them. I’ve heard stories of how they feel like they belong to a family and are motivated to do better because of their accomplishments.
I am currently an occupational therapy student and love the therapeutic potential that diving can bring to people as well as the purpose and meaning that people find within scuba diving.

 
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