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.
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.
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!!
What a wonderful job Diveheart volunteers are doing. They work so hard to help and teach so many children, adults and veterans with disabilities.
I attended a discover scuba experience, and the participants smiles told me all I needed to know about the organization. Class acts.
Diveheart is an amazing organization, completely dedicated to helping those with disabilities experience the freedom of movement through diving. I know the founder, Jim Elliott, and he is the most selfless and giving person I've ever met. He has made Diveheart his life's work and has changed thousands of lives through his programs. I'm proud to support Diveheart!
Hi. My name is Andy Bernbaum. I broke my neck 9 years ago in a freak accident at work. I am an incomplete tetreplegic with Brown-Sequard Syndrome from spinal cord damage. I was an avid scuba diver before my accident. I had been cleared to dive at Shepherds hospital in Atlanta 7 years ago while still in wheelchair. But I didn't know a safe way to dive. Recently I discovered Diveheart either through Internet or SCI support group. I contacted the Florida rep and got signed up on an up coming to Key Largo. I than talked to Jim Elliot who got me signed up to take Diveheart adaptive diver course. I completed my training and did check out dives at various Key Largo locations. It was a great trip, dove and spent time with some wonderful people, got my adaptive diver certification, and learned what I could do and physically couldn't do. I learned to dive safely with my impairments. Since Key Largo I have volunteered to help Diveheart with a week of instructor and buddy training, done a 3 tank dive off of West Palm Beach, do 2 days of diving at Boynton beach in 2 weeks, and dive with Diveheart in Cozumel in December. The looks of happiness on everyone's faces after the dives, especially the adaptive divers, was incredible. Everybody left with more Diveheart trips to look forward to. I left able to dive anywhere with fair conditions and qualified buddies. Diveheart is a fantastic group and I wish I had found them years ago. And I never could have felt safer in the water.
I've seen this organization on TV, on You Tube and seen the CEO, Jim Elliott present in person. This organization is not only doing ground-breaking research in healing both people with PTSD but in the field of autism as well. On top of that, they have found a way to empower many people with disabilities to focus on new abilities as they scuba dive. Keep an eye on them!
I first learned about Diveheart.Org through the Rotary Club. I have since seen Jim Elliott ' s presentation at the Orland Park Rotary and had them speak to the Oak Forest Rotary. Tonight they received a warm welcome from the Frankfort Lions Club. Having taught Special Education for 37 years, I have a special place in my heart for them. I hope to connect Diveheart.Org to many more organizations and hope by sharing this great organization one group at a time their story can be told forever and help many many people worldwide. Who do you know to help spread the word??
My heart sings whenever I see or hear the word DIVEHEART! I've been associated with many organizations in my lifetime but none has touched my very soul the way DIVEHEART has. I do not have any personal stories to share about a child or loved one that I know having their lives enhanced or being changed directly, but I can tell you that Jim Elliot and his colleagues have dedicated their time, talent energy and HEARTS to positively changing the lives of those who would have never had the opportunity to do so had it not been for DIVEHEART! Not only is it a fun experience but it is true therapy. Being a massage therapist, I am aware of what they are providing for these amazing courageous folks who dive with DIVEHEART. They are given an independence and freedom that they would never have otherwise. I type this with ears in my eyes for this organization has changed so many lives one dive at a time and the extra beauty of it is that their service is out of a genuine desire to make the world a better place for those that are being challenged to want to stay. God bless DIVEHEART and thank you for every phenomenal gift you've given and continue to give to others.
Jim Elliott and his amazing staff and volunteers have made such a difference in people's lives - both the disabled and their families. They are so very dedicated and enthusiastic that it rubs off on the rest of us. They have shared our wonderful underwater world with folks who might otherwise have never had the chance feel the freedom and see the beauty of the ocean. I applaud them wholeheartedly!