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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

10 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Donor

Rating: 5

I have worked with Jim Elliott and this organization for two years. I am very impressed with the very focused efforts to improve the lives of our disabled veterans and other participants with disabilities. Their organization make lives matter and bridge the gap to allow the disabled to experience a truly meaningful adventure in life. I myself am an open water diver and I intend to not only support the Diveheart Foundation financially, but I will also donate my time to help support events. I would like to become a certified instructor for Diveheart in the future. More people need to get on board to help this foundation get noticed.

Donor

Rating: 5

The Diveheart foundation is truly one of the best organizations on the planet. They are well run and run by people of integrity providing an invaluable service to so many.
D.C. Young
President Corporate Collectors

1 Phillip J.

Donor

Rating: 5

This is the most amazing group of people I have ever had the honor of working with. They go beyond the scope of what you would expect from a charity. The freedom they are giving to those they help is just truely special. It makes my heart smile.

Donor

Rating: 5

First non-profit where the CEO earns the same salary as the volunteers. Admiration, love, gratitude & respect! Great paycheck!
Diveheart is an inspiration in teamwork of self sacrifice for others to experience equality, freedom & pride in acomplicement. Now that's a Great Non-Profit!!

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Donor

Rating: 5

It is rare to find a non-profit with a completely uncompensated and altruistic founder, but that is what Diveheart is. Jim Elliot has brought people with various disabilities the opportunity to find freedom from pain and stagnation - both physical and emotional - by scuba diving! For me, scuba diving brings me serenity. For adaptive divers, it brings so much more. Self-worth, confidence, joy and accomplishment. And the more Diveheart brings people into the water, the more it is discovering the benefits of weightlessness and zero gravity for people with all issues - cognitive, physical and behavioral. It is truly a company to watch, a company to fund, and a company to be proud of. I am so proud to be a contributor to Diveheart and I urge others to do so too.

1 Carole S.

Donor

Rating: 5

I met Jim Elliott in 2001, right after I got my certification for diving. He was just starting Diveheart. I went with him on several dive trips and because of his patience, experience and calmness, I was able to truly embrace the sport of scuba diving. Jim provided me with the necessary environment in which to go from a nervous unsure diver to the confidant and relaxed diver that I am today. I was fortunate enough to go on a Diveheart trip with Jim and his organization in 2013. I witnessed the amazing and truly inspiring experiences he brings to disabled divers. I felt like I was watching an angel here on earth. Jim you are such an inspiration and I am blessed to say I know you. You have changed countless lives. Your organization, which has grown so since you started, makes miracles every day.

Donor

Rating: 4

Diveheart does a world of good for a lot of people. Not just those with challenges but for everyone that has a loved one with a disability of some type. Diveheart offers an experience that allows people to regain confidence, feel more independent and gain new friends and life experiences.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have seen the positive changes Diveheart has made in the lives of not only the disabled but of war veterans. Scuba diving is a great equalizer for those with disabilites on land, and it is an exceptional sport that not only distills confidence but also camaraderie. The experts at Diveheart has made a huge difference in many lives.

Donor

Rating: 5

I found Diveheart as a way to continue my late husband's legacy as a dive instructor who worked with a disabled adult and opened the world to him. Jim and his team were incredible to see in action during a group trip to Bonaire and I was lucky to have been able to tag along. Clearly the divers had received extensive and careful instruction appropriate to their land based limitations - once they were in the water there were no limits it seemed! Kudos to Diveheart for opening the underwater world to so many.

Donor

Rating: 5

As a PADI Divemaster, I LOVE to dive. It is by far when I am most at peace. It is exciting, exhilarating, and adventurous, as well as calming and beautiful. Jim Elliott and the Diveheart organization work wonders in bringing this fantastic sport to EVERYONE! By partnering with wounded warriors to assist our injured veterans, Diveheart allows our heroes to experience an amazing underwater world. With simple and sometimes complex adjustments to equipment and procedures, Diveheart allows our friends with disabilities experience the feeling of weightlessness and wonder of our lakes and oceans. Diveheart is a class act organization that is 100% about serving their clients and making a difference in their lives.