After several years of being a diver and dive instructor, I had the opportunity to meet Jim, train with, and join Diveheart on a trip to Cozumel in 2013. I cannot sufficiently express the extent of how refreshing, and inspiring the experience was for me. The most impressive point for me is one of the most basic fundamentals of Diveheart. That point is to simply redirect attention and emphasis that individuals, participants, and families hear every day, about the limitations or measures of disability, and instead encouraging the functional, recreational, and adventurous sides of peoples lives. The simple shift of perspective is what truly distinguishes Diveheart.
Ive known Diveheart and its founder from the beginnings. Jim and i did our PADI instructor training together.
I ran into Jim Year or two later at his Diveheart booth at Our World Underwater. It as exciting learning what he was doing and decided to join the team and started my HSA instructor training.
Ive helped at pool sessions, at the lake picnics and volunteered on a trip to the keys
The joy that ive seen in the individuales participating in this program is difficult to describe and is incredibly heart warming.
To see these people experiencing such joy is incredible.
When I first volunteered for this great organization down in South Florida i was hooked. It is such an awesome feeling seeing the sparkle in someone face when they never thought that they would be able to achieve such activity. I unfortunately had to leave the Southern Florida area and am now in the Louisiana Gulf Coast area and we are working on bringing DiveHeart to the area. Everyone in the organization is so friendly and super helpful.
My daughter and I spent multiple days becoming a certified Buddy Diver . DiveHeart is a wonderful organization with a founder and executive director who couldn't be more altruistic. We've supported them financially knowing that our donations have been well spent for people with disabilities. We thank Jim Elliott for all the wonderful work he does. His whole heart is involved in this fabulous operation.
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.
Diveheart helps disabled children, adults and veterans build confidence and experience freedom through SCUBA. The founder/president does not draw a salary, and key roles are filled by dedicated volunteers.