Diveheart Foundation

Rating: 4.98 stars   63 reviews

Issues: Health, Human Services, Sports

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: 4 stars  

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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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.

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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.

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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.

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