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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

Roger41

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Ive known Diveheart and its founder from the beginnings. Jim and i did our PADI instructor training together.
I ran into Jim Year or two later at his Diveheart booth at Our World Underwater. It as exciting learning what he was doing and decided to join the team and started my HSA instructor training.
Ive helped at pool sessions, at the lake picnics and volunteered on a trip to the keys
The joy that ive seen in the individuales participating in this program is difficult to describe and is incredibly heart warming.
To see these people experiencing such joy is incredible.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

When I first volunteered for this great organization down in South Florida i was hooked. It is such an awesome feeling seeing the sparkle in someone face when they never thought that they would be able to achieve such activity. I unfortunately had to leave the Southern Florida area and am now in the Louisiana Gulf Coast area and we are working on bringing DiveHeart to the area. Everyone in the organization is so friendly and super helpful.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My daughter and I spent multiple days becoming a certified Buddy Diver . DiveHeart is a wonderful organization with a founder and executive director who couldn't be more altruistic. We've supported them financially knowing that our donations have been well spent for people with disabilities. We thank Jim Elliott for all the wonderful work he does. His whole heart is involved in this fabulous operation.

Mike182

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

Isabel6

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

Stormy C.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

1 Kirk W.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!