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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

6 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

spoli13

Board Member

Rating: 5

I learned about this incredible organization back in late 2003. I was amazed that they got kids with disabilities out of their wheelchairs and into such an exciting sport. I work with kids with disabilities and thought that it would be the coolest thing to get them diving. Well I did! Now 12 years later I am still getting my students involved in diving.

I believe in the mission of this organization wholeheartedly! So much so that I joined the board six years ago! Since my beginnings with Diveheart, we have grown from just serving children with disabilities, to serving adults and our nations veterans with disabilities as well!

I am a Recreation Therapist by trade, so I understand how participation in an activity can increase the self worth and self-esteem for a person with a disability. Plus, scuba diving offers a gravity-free environment that is so exhilarating for person who has a mobility impairment or paralysis. And the most exciting part is that scuba diving is the coolest thing!

The volunteers with this organization are incredibly amazing!!! They offer their time, resources, etc. and often times fund their way on trips just so our participants can experience the thrill of a lifetime. For many of our volunteers, this is more than "just helping out." It is a passion that they have to help better the lives of others!

Ronald F. Rispoli, MS, CTRS
Diveheart Board Member

Previous Stories

Board Member

Rating: 5

I was fortunate to learn about Diveheart and its mission to assist kids with disabilities in the exciting sport of scuba diving more than a decade ago. Because of my background as a Recreation Therapist and my passion for assisting people with disabilities, I became involved and got my students involved in the program. More than 10 years later the Diveheart mission has grown to include not only kids, but also adults and veterans with disabilities as well. Our mission is to increase a person's self-worth and self esteem through scuba.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I first became a Diveheart volunteer in 2009 and it has become one of the most important parts of my life. Diveheart provides the opportunity to have a tangible and powerful impact on the lives of people with disabilities. By introducing them to the zero gravity environment of scuba diving, Diveheart broadens their horizons, dramatically improves their quality of life and, in many cases, frees them from physical pain that is an every day element of their lives topside. One of the greatest joys is seeing the reaction of children with disabilities when they first experience breathing underwater. For those of us who have had the privilege of being Diveheart volunteers, our lives have been enriched beyond measure.
Join the Diveheart team and Imagine the Possibilities!

Board Member

Rating: 5

Diveheart Scuba therapy is going to revolutionize rehabilitation for those with disabilities. it's an awesome organization.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Diveheart has changed my life and the lives of thousands around the world by building confidence, independence, and self esteem through scuba therapy. I hope to work as a volunteer for Diveheart for the rest of my life serving children, adults and veterans with disabilities.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Diveheart is a innovative organization that opens the world of SCUBA diving to persons with disabilities, and provides opportunities for persons with disabilities to learn to live more independently and develop "the I can do it" approach. As a person with a disability, I wish Diveheart was around when I learned to scuba dive in 1998! I strongly urge people with disabilities to contact Diveheart and give scuba diving a try! Bill Bogdan