Rating: 4.99 stars 81 81 reviews 3,859
900 Ogden Ave #274 Downers Grove IL 60515 USA
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.
Diveheart has programs for children, adults and veterans with disabilities.
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I have now gone on two scuba trips with Diveheart and am doubly impressed with the professional, caring, and fun people involved with this organization. I am a C5 quadriplegic so my previously active lifestyle was cut short by an accident. Diveheart fills a void that many people with disabilities feel by enabling us to do something active and exciting. At the same time, we are kept extremely safe by Jim Elliott and his many well-trained volunteers. Plus, the zero gravity environment helps lessen my daily back pain for days. Diveheart gives my husband and I an activity that we can enjoy together! We have memories to last a lifetime!
Just got back from the trip to Cozumel. Amazing how a group came together to have such a meaningful and great time!
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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.
My son is autistic. Dive Heart has helped him develop in ways that I could not have done myself. Thank You to all the fine Dive Heart volunteers for your loving care that you have shared to my family.
The people at Diveheart (staff and volunteers) are truly amazing! The work they do to assist folks with challenges is second to none. A wonderful organization with an outstanding mission. I'd give them 10 stars if I could.
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!
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!
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.
Back in April I lost my right leg when I was ran over by a car while changing my tire. My father took me on a vacation to pompano beach Florida to see relatives and for me to dive again. Divehearts set me up with Nikole from force-e and Divehearts. We went on a few dives as it was the first time back in the water since the accident. Nikole is an exceptional person and very professional. I hope everyone that gets help from your organization has a person like Nikole. I was very comfortable once I was in the water and she was going at my speed, I didn't have to try and keep up with her. She took some awesome pictures and posted them for me then once I was home she sent me a video she made while we were diving as a surprise that I was unaware that she was making. I was to say thank you to you organization for all the help you give people by having volunteers that are willing to give the time and effort to help people with disabilities
When my daughter wanted to get her Open Water certification a local dive shop didn't feel comfortable training her because of her limb difference. - they referred us to Diveheart, an organization I had never heard of previously. The Diveheart team was amazing in how they worked with my daughter to achieve her OW certification. This gave her a sense of accomplishment in an area she had struggled and improved her self-esteem. I've observed their work on many occasions - the staff and volunteers are truly dedicated to their cause and care deeply about the people they assist through Diveheart.