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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Centers to Support the Independence of Specific Populations, Health, Health Care, Human Services, Recreation & Sports, Sports

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.

Community Stories

54 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Jim Elliott and Diveheart do amazing work. I have worked with Jim behind the scenes on a volunteer basis, and I have known Jim personally for over 35 years. Diveheart makes a powerful, positive difference in so many lives. Please support them in their mission.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have personally had the pleasure of being a volunteer for Diveheart. The experience is incredible and life changing.

This organization is ran by a fantastic group of people that continues to set the standard for adaptive diving.

I highly encourage anyone to be apart of Diveheart in any way possible!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Diveheart is just a wonderful organization staffed by wonderful caring people. I first noticed an article in the paper, and decided to check out the organization. I was blown away first by the founder and president Jim. I spoke with him for awhile on the phone and decided to pursue it further. I am so glad I did. What I have come to find is a caring, well run, amazing resource for almost any challenged person. From the first event I attended as deck help, until the most current event where I am now an adaptive dive buddy, I continue to be blown away by the organization. The people we serve love the events. One must just come out to an event and witness it for oneself to truly appreciate what Diveheart is and can do.

jerry patt adaptive dive buddy

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Diveheart is the greatest organization I have been associated with over the years. Jim and his staff have opened the doors to people that may have been in the past closed. From instructor to participant the opportunity for new adventures is around the corner. I have been involved for the past five years and has changed my life. The word NO is not in the vocabulary for diveheart. The answer is what I can I do next to improve in skills and enjoy diving. There are always tears of joy and many smiles on every trip. There are no limitations to set a new goal or to dream a new dream. Lt. Michael P. Burroughs Retired , Advanced Adaptive Dive Buddy

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Diveheart is incredible. Jim's ability to create memorable experiences to anyone he meets. He has a long term vision for the growth of Diveheart

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Diveheart gets five stars as a charity. The organization is volunteer driven in its mission to provide people around the world with disabilities with therapeutic, life-changing scuba experiences. Even the president and CEO is a volunteer! To see their remarkable story and results, go to www.diveheart.org.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

What a fantastic organization. As an avid scuba diver it is wonderful to see an organization that can bring the same passion and excitement about this great sport to those who would never have been able to. It is my honor and privilege to help whenever I can

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It's lovely to see and participate in an org that helps people who otherwise would never think of scuba diving!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been volunteering with Diveheart as a adaptive dive buddy for the past two years. This organization has brought so much joy and freedom to both the adaptive divers and the volunteers. I'm always looking forward to the next Diveheart event!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

After several years of being a diver and dive instructor, I had the opportunity to meet Jim, train with, and join Diveheart on a trip to Cozumel in 2013. I cannot sufficiently express the extent of how refreshing, and inspiring the experience was for me. The most impressive point for me is one of the most basic fundamentals of Diveheart. That point is to simply redirect attention and emphasis that individuals, participants, and families hear every day, about the limitations or measures of disability, and instead encouraging the functional, recreational, and adventurous sides of peoples lives. The simple shift of perspective is what truly distinguishes Diveheart.