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Review for Diveheart Foundation, Downers Grove, IL, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I first worked with Diveheart last year at one of their Discover Scuba experiences and was hooked immediately: the transformation in the confidence and animation of the adaptive divers was awe inspiring. I was reminded of Jesus's injunction to the blind man: "go, your faith has healed you." Last week I had the opportunity to train as an adaptive buddy which necessitated simulating the experience of blind divers, paraplegic divers and quadriplegic divers through blackout masks and restrictions on my limbs. All I can say is that the courage and trust of the adaptive diver is extraordinary: to be underwater and dependent (to a varying degree) on your buddies truly requires faith.

To be frank, before I got involved and was considering a large donation, I wondered whether the tremendous effort and logistics put into helping people with limitations was really worth it in terms of the payoff. Now I am convinced: it's a huge amount of effort and work but the organization is almost entirely volunteer and much of the equipment is donated. But more importantly, the payoff is huge. Already I saw people whose lives were transformed by their experiences. I can never really put myself in their shoes but I can certainly testify to their joy and inspiration after the dives.

Role:  Volunteer