DIVEHEART FOUNDATION

Rating: 4.98 stars   61 reviews

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Location: 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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Rating: 5 stars  

My daughter (16 yrs old) and I are avid divers and started working with diveheart about 2 years ago. The tireless work by willy and Jim is inspiring on its own, but seeing the joy that the organization brings not only the participants, but their family and their caregivers is awesome. It is a wonderful experience to volunteer at any of their events even for non-divers. Jim's vision to grow diveheart into areas for research, training and long term sustainability is exciting and we look forward to help reach those goals any way we can.

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Rating: 5 stars  

As a volunteer for Diveheart, I have learned many things about people. They are willing to share their time and talent for an awesome organization. Diveheart helps handicapped individuals experience scuba diving. Yes, I could not believe what some of these people are capable of. Diveheart lets them feel the freedom in the water that they cannot experience on land. I do not scuba dive but I help as a deck hand at some of the pools and on land at the beach events. Like any nonprofits, help is always needed and welcome. If you are capable, why not give Diveheart a try?

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Rating: 5 stars  

I help with the HSA buddy system. I am able to see the joy in the disables eyes by helping them get into a zero gravity setting, watch them have the freedom to move about without pain and being assisted by some kind of mechanical device.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I started diving with Diveheart about 3 years ago. I was scared a little because I had never done it before but all the volunteers put me right at ease the first day I went in the water. I have been in the pool and quarry numerous times. I even got to go diving in Florida twice. Now I am a certified scuba diver in spite of the fact I am physically disabled. I always have a great time when I join any Diveheart function.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I met Jim Elliott at the Chicago Scuba show and he introduced me to Diveheart. As Commander of the Northbrook, Illinois American Legion/VFW post and a scuba diver I meediately volunteered the posts services. What a tremendous organization and we are anxious to take part in the scuba traing and taking a group of disabled vets on a scuba trip. Absolutely a high energy high purpose not-for-profit. I am humbled to be a part of it. Rob Holt, NOrthbrook, Il

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Rating: 5 stars  

When I met the work of diverheart group, i was very happy for the beautiful work of this team. I always get emotional seeing the smile on the face of each person when they go diving. i love see how this team helps people to be happy, finding diving a reason to feel your heart full of happiness. Congratulations to Jim and the whole team for this attitude so beautiful. I wish God bless all the team every day.

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

no change.

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?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

My daughter Sophia who has CP and is unable to walk, with the help of The Center of Independence staff was able to experience Scuba diving with the Diveheart Foundation Divers, she was a little
hesatant and scared at first but was excited and still wanted to try it once she got the mask on and
went under water she just loved it. She did not want to come out of the water. The divers were great
and she hasn't stopped talking about it and would love to do it again, it was a great expierence for
her. Thank You to The Center of Independence in Countryside and to the Diveheart team for giving
her that chance to experience scuba dive.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Likely

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?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

You only have to see a slide presentation given by Jim Elliott, the president, of Diveheart, and your heart goes out to this organization. You don't have to like Scuba, you only have to care about easing the pain in others.

No matter who you are, your disability or that of a loved one, this group can make it better. They can ease the physical pain & the emotional ones, build your strength, your self confidence, your social status, it's all the a pool of water filled with diver buddies with big, big hearts helping you every step of the way to a better & brighter future.

Every age, every color, every gender, every walk or crawl in life can benefit thru association with Diveheart.

I'm proud to help when & where I can & fully support their efforts.

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

Build them a permanent home base that would last forever. They have the foundation. They just need the millions of dollars for the land, pool & building to give the future generations the same chance for their success. Whether it's for the returning Vets, needing rehab & new occupations or the youth with deformities etc., this organization needs to grow permanent roots so it can shelter those we love until they can go out on their own.

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?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

I first began working with Diveheart a year ago. The mission of the organization spoke to me, as I have a son with special needs and my father was a Vietnam veteran who suffered from untreated PTSD. I decided to become a volunteer and have found great joy in the work, connecting with other divers of all ability levels. Diveheart is my dive community and I'm proud to be a member! If you have any interest in sharing your passion for diving with EVERYONE you know, get involved. You won't regret it!

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

Get more people involved, all over the world.

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?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

I learned about DIveheart in 2011 and started volunteering that same year. It's been wonderful meeting all the people both volunteers and participants over the past two years - they all inspire me! It's amazing the impact even one pool dive can do for a participant's vision of themselves and the gratitude that is expressed at a Diveheart DSE is always a gift that lifts my spirits every time I volunteer.

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

Keep expanding!!!!

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?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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