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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Centers to Support the Independence of Specific Populations, Health, Health Care, 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

117 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Wow, this is just the most amazing organization!!!! I have to admit, I was scared by the prospect of being a buddy for an adaptive diver. But all it took was the excitement of the Diveheart team to make me feel a true part of the adventure. It is virtually impossible to describe the humbling experience of helping a quadriplegic become a superwoman 30 feet under the ocean. "Imagine the possibilities" is not just a catch phrase for Diveheart, it is the true spirit of this group.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Volunteering with Diveheart has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. From the volunteers to the participants the foundation is filled with incredible people who are helping each other enjoy and live life. The smiles and happy tears I've seen have made volunteering with Diveheart one of the best decisions I've made in my life and I look forward to volunteering with them for years to come.

Previous Stories

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been volunteering with Diveheart as a adaptive dive buddy for the past two years. This organization has brought so much joy and freedom to both the adaptive divers and the volunteers. I'm always looking forward to the next Diveheart event!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a Marine Vietnam Veteran, PADI Scuba Instructor and soon to be certified as an Advanced Adaptive Dive Buddy Instructor for Diveheart! While in South Florida and the Keys, I have had the privilege of assisting Wilhelmina Stanton, Florida Team Leader, Diveheart and her incredible team of volunteers teaching our Wounded Warriors and adaptive divers to enjoy the experiences of "zero gravity" as they fly in pools and open waters.

These heartfelt experiences create an incredible win-win paradigm (big word for this Jarhead) for the DH team and dive operators, the adaptive divers and their families. I believe they truly heal, are deeply engaging and build confidence and courage.

I look forward to continuing to volunteer with this incredible nonprofit. Thank you for the opportunity to "continue to serve!"

Semper Fidelis,

David DeChant
PADI OWSI #319693

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a volunteer "Advanced Adaptive Diver Buddy" for Diveheart.org I have recently begun to experienced first hand the enjoyment, excitement and fulfillment shown by adaptive diver participants.
This can be seen in their local pool Diveheart Scuba Events as well as when they partner with wonderful dive operators like Rainbow Reef Diving in Key Largo.
The weightless zero gravity world of scuba diving in the pool or ocean is a special experience for anyone, but for the adaptive diver, often gives a new sometimes life changing level of freedom and confidence not felt from any previous activity in their life.
It is truly inspiring to see adaptive divers in action, and their sense of excitement from being given this opportunity to "spread their wings' and fly through the underwater world, unfettered by gravity on land.
Two Thumbs Up to Diveheart and their founder/leader Jim Elliott.
Rob Waterfield, Miami Lakes, FL

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our 14 year old son Tristen, who has athetoid CP, first participated with Diveheart in October 2016 in Miami. His dad took him and when he got back he went on and on about how he couldn't believe he could do it! He thought the equipment was cool and he was so proud he could stay down so long!

He participated with Diveheart again in June 2017. While there, he was able to connect with other members of the community who invited him to other events he would be able to participate in around the community and talked with him without the interfering of his mom!

He now believes/knows he can do anything and is becoming more confident. We refer to his dives when he gets frustrated with his physical difficulties and remind him, "...but you can SCUBA..." which gets him more motivated to find a way through whatever challenge he is facing.

We are so grateful that Diveheart has made their program so accessible to Tristen and thankful for all those people who donate that may never see Tristen, and many others, enjoy the benefits of diving in, and out of the water!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As the newest diveheart instructor, this was my first experience diving with fully adaptive divers and adaptive dive buddies. What an amazing group of people both the divers and the Buddies. The organisation was Top Notch with Rainbow Reef Dive Center supplying a boat and Incredible Crew. I look forward to many such Adventures with many such people.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This organization blows my mind. They have allowed my sister and many other people get the water and feel free again or for the first time! The passion in the volunteers is seen at every event.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Jim Elliott and Diveheart do amazing work. I have worked with Jim behind the scenes on a volunteer basis, and I have known Jim personally for over 35 years. Diveheart makes a powerful, positive difference in so many lives. Please support them in their mission.

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have personally had the pleasure of being a volunteer for Diveheart. The experience is incredible and life changing.

This organization is ran by a fantastic group of people that continues to set the standard for adaptive diving.

I highly encourage anyone to be apart of Diveheart in any way possible!