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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

111 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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!

Louis6

Client Served

Rating: 5

Diveheart does a lot to help people like myself with all types of disabitlies through scuba diving. Jim Elliot is a brilliant man with an amazing goal and dream. Him and his organization has touched many lives forever.

Kathy276

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Being involved with the Diveheart Foundation is an amazing adventure.

To experience the generous attitudes of the volunteers and to witness the transformation from trepidation to pure joy of the brand new divers is quite a gift.

Jim Elliott has created an environment of learning and inclusion. A world where all are welcome and all are cherished, and all are underwater defying gravity.

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

Beverly35

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is the most amazing organization - who would ever think of teaching handicapped individuals to scuba dive? And yet they do, with patience and care and safety and kindness and good humor and love. What an amazing opportunity for the participants! The pride on their faces is unmistakable. Way to go, Diveheart!!
Bev P

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Diveheart is just a wonderful organization staffed by wonderful caring people. I first noticed an article in the paper, and decided to check out the organization. I was blown away first by the founder and president Jim. I spoke with him for awhile on the phone and decided to pursue it further. I am so glad I did. What I have come to find is a caring, well run, amazing resource for almost any challenged person. From the first event I attended as deck help, until the most current event where I am now an adaptive dive buddy, I continue to be blown away by the organization. The people we serve love the events. One must just come out to an event and witness it for oneself to truly appreciate what Diveheart is and can do.

jerry patt adaptive dive buddy

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Diveheart is the greatest organization I have been associated with over the years. Jim and his staff have opened the doors to people that may have been in the past closed. From instructor to participant the opportunity for new adventures is around the corner. I have been involved for the past five years and has changed my life. The word NO is not in the vocabulary for diveheart. The answer is what I can I do next to improve in skills and enjoy diving. There are always tears of joy and many smiles on every trip. There are no limitations to set a new goal or to dream a new dream. Lt. Michael P. Burroughs Retired , Advanced Adaptive Dive Buddy