Listen: Half Century Later, Diver Revisits Statue He Helped Place (WLRN Miami S. Florida)

Listen: Half Century Later, Diver Revisits Statue He Helped Place (WLRN Miami S. Florida)

By Nancy Klingener – Aug 18, 2016
WLRN Miami/S. Florida

Gabriel Spataro was instrumental in placing an Italian statue, cast from the same mold as Genoa’s Christ of the Abyss, in the waters off Key Largo.

That was in 1965. Recently Spataro revisited the statue, which is locally referred to as Christ of the Deep.

“Today, when I went diving on it, it hit my soul and I felt really good,” said Spataro.

He suffers from macular degeneration but said he could still see the statue – and how different it looks with decades of coral growth.

“There’s coral and things growing on the statue. But the basic thing, with those arms reaching out and looking up at the sky, even though all the coral and that is on it, it still has that impression,” Spataro said. “It’s a personal feeling that you get between yourself and the statue.”

Spataro has returned to the statue several times in recent years with Diveheart, a group that helps people with disabilities go scuba diving.

See & listen on WLRN website (Miami/S. Florida)

Diving Past Boundaries: Scuba as Therapy (CNN)

Diving Past Boundaries: Scuba as Therapy (CNN / Great Big Story)

At first glance, scuba diving may seem a surprising therapy for people with severe cognitive and physical disorders. But as Jim Elliott, founder of the non-profit Diveheart knows, diving can be a potent treatment. Participants find they not only experience freedom from the obstacles they face on land, but also relief from chronic pain, increased mobility, and most importantly, a boost in self-esteem.

 

 

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Diveheart Featured in Emirates Diving Association (EDA) Magazine

Diveheart Featured in Emirates Diving Association (EDA) Magazine

The Diveheart team is featured in the Emirates Diving Association EDA Magazine June 2016 issue on the Diveheart Scuba Experience program with Kids Scuba held at the TWI facility in Shah Alam, Malaysia. The team was introducing Persons With Disabilities (PWD) to commercial diving opportunities in the Region.

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Tinamarie Hernandez, Diveheart Executive Director – Accenture

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Tinamarie Hernandez Introduces People with Disabilities to Underwater World of Scuba Diving

It takes an extraordinary type of scuba diver to safely accompany someone with a physical or cognitive disability underwater for an extended period of time.

Chicago’s Tinarmarie Hernandez is one of those rare scuba enthusiasts specially trained for such a delicate undertaking, having attained certification as an “adaptive dive buddy” through the Diveheart Organization.

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Malaysia: Kids Scuba with DiveHeart Training Disabled Divers

Malaysia: Kids Scuba with DiveHeart Training Disabled Divers

Malaysia TV1, Morning Talkshow “Selamat Pagi Malaysia” featuring the In pool scuba Tryouts with the DiveHeart Team, Kids Scuba Dive Team and People With Disability PWD held at the TWI Diving Center with Jim Elliot, Tinamarie Hernandez, Emma Tosh & Charles Rowe and Mr Roo of TWI.

ABC7 – Diveheart Video

Sunday, February 07, 2016
RANCHO PALOS VERDES, Calif. (KABC) —

A special scuba diving program teaches people with disabilities that they can do more than they ever imagined.

Below the surface the differences are hard to find, but back on dry land there’s no escaping it.

“I got injured 25 years ago. And I’ve kind of done it all from snowskiing and I race a quad and I skydive. But scuba is just an equalizer because once you’re neutrally buoyant, you don’t feel disabled at all,” Darryl Lair, of Hesperia, said.
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Scuba Therapy Group Diveheart Enjoys Partnership with Upper Keys, Rotary Club

Scuba Therapy Group Diveheart Enjoys Partnership with Upper Keys, Rotary Club

(Key Largo News) Diveheart makes regular trips to the Florida Keys, providing scuba therapy to divers with disabilities. Diveheart founder Jim Elliott recently presented to the Rotary Club of Key Largo.

People with disabilities dive into scuba class

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People with disabilities dive into scuba class

People with disabilities dive into scuba class

Several individuals with disabilities were joined by scuba diving instructors inside a pool in the Miami area … The event was organized in part by Diveheart, a foundation offering people with disabilities a chance to get in the water and learn how to dive.

People with disabilities dive into scuba class

According to Diveheart founder Jim Elliott, “You see people of mobility issues, amputees and spinal cord injuries, and they’re able to experience zero gravity,” he said, “and we’re all equal in the water. It’s a great equalizer.”

For participant Caroline Twohill, “It’s a different perspective. I swim as much as I can, being an amputee, that I find that the water allows the human body to use every muscle, muscles that we don’t even realize at times that we have or we’re using.” she said.

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