Paralyzed Barefoot Water Skier Goes Scuba Diving (Girls that Scuba)

Paralyzed Barefoot Water Skier Goes Scuba Diving (Girls that Scuba)

Paralyzed teen shows the world it’s still possible to scuba dive Girls that Scuba (blog) 21 March 2017 Download the PDF   My accident happened while training for the U.S. Barefoot Nationals. I had been competing and winning at the national level for several years. There are three events – tricks, slalom and jump. I […]

Deepest pool in the world may be built in Chicago area

Deepest pool in the world may be built in Chicago area

Deepest pool in the world may be built in Chicago area Chicago Tribune / Aurora Beacon-News February 7, 2017 by Denise Crosby Diveheart, founded by Jim Elliott in 2001, has created an impressive name for itself throughout the country by helping those with illnesses and disabilities discover the therapeutic wonders that this underwater activity can […]

Distinguished Alumni: Jim Elliott (The Courier – DuPage College student newspaper)

Distinguished Alumni: Jim Elliott (The Courier – DuPage College student newspaper)

Distinguished Alumni: Jim Elliott (The Courier – DuPage College student newspaper) Jim Elliott Then: Sports reporter, class of ‘77 Now: Founder and President of Diveheart. Honored as the West Suburban Philanthropic Network Humanitarian of the Year. Download the PDF Jim Elliott attended COD as a journalism major, covering the state championship-winning hockey team for the […]

Diveheart’s Dive Therapy (Out Front Magazine)

Diveheart’s Dive Therapy (Out Front Magazine)

Diveheart’s Dive Therapy (Out Front Magazine) Download the PDF   A simple truth guides the work of Diveheart, an Illinois-based nonprofit group whose mission is to help disabled individuals through scuba diving: We’re all equal under the water. It’s more than a moral truth; it’s a scientific truth, according to Jim Elliott, Diveheart’s founder and […]

Diving Past Boundaries: Scuba as Therapy (CNN)

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 […]

Diveheart Featured in Dive Log Magazine (Australasia)

Diveheart Featured in Dive Log Magazine (Australasia)

Diveheart Featured in Dive Log Magazine (Australasia) Diveheart Diving for the Disabled presentation and demonstration at the TWI facility in Shah Alam, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Download the PDF   DiveLog Magazine's website

Diveheart Featured in Emirates Diving Association (EDA) Magazine

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 […]

Tinamarie Hernandez, Diveheart Executive Director – Accenture

Tinamarie Hernandez, Diveheart Executive Director – Accenture

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 […]

Malaysia: Kids Scuba with DiveHeart Training Disabled Divers

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.

Rotary Club Fundraiser – Beatles Tribute Band

Rotary Club Fundraiser – Beatles Tribute Band

Rotary Club Fundraiser – Beatles Tribute Band April 23, 2016 6:30pm – 10:30pm Marionette Park, Illinois Attention Beatles Fans: American English ( famous Beatles Tribute band ) is playing April 23rd 630pm-1030pm at 115 Bourbon in Marionette Park, Illinois to benefit Diveheart and other local charities. Event Flyer link The event is presented by our […]

ABC7 – Diveheart Video

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 […]

Diveheart Empowers People With Disabilities Through Scuba Diving (Success Magazine)

Diveheart Empowers People With Disabilities Through Scuba Diving (Success Magazine)

Diveheart Empowers People With Disabilities Through Scuba Diving (Success Magazine) After Jim Elliott helped his blind daughter learn to ski, he was so inspired by her new skills and free spirit that he ultimately decided to focus his life’s work on helping people with disabilities. “You can only ski in certain times of the year […]

Diveheart article on Ocean Geographic Explorer

Diveheart article on Ocean Geographic Explorer

Diveheart, a non-profit 510 (c) 3 organization, was founded in 2001. The vision was to build confidence and independence and self esteem in children, adults and veterans with disabilities through scuba diving. Thanks to the wonder of the water column, the oceans and lakes of the world become the forgiving weightless environment of inner space. […]

Can You Dive If You Have Cerebral Palsy and You Are Blind?

Can You Dive If You Have Cerebral Palsy and You Are Blind?

Can You Dive If You Have Cerebral Palsy and You Are Blind? (Article from Miss Scuba / MissScuba.com) DIVEHEART Says Yes! My name is Ashley and I am 27 years old. I first got introduced to diving and Diveheart in 2008. From the very first time in the pool, I knew this was definitely for […]

Eagle Scout brings joy of scuba diving to those with disabilities

Eagle Scout brings joy of scuba diving to those with disabilities

Eagle Scout brings joy of scuba diving to those with disabilities (The Orland Park Prairie) Boy Scout Jason Marquardt, of Mokena, was literally over his head with work Nov. 1, as he brought the joy and wonder of scuba diving to three individuals with disabilities at the 55,000-gallon, 89-degree pool at Scuba Emporium in Orland […]

DiveBar’s ROOT Project – Restoring Our Oceans Together

DiveBar’s ROOT Project – Restoring Our Oceans Together

DiveBar’s ROOT Project (The Florida Bar News) THE DIVEBAR’S ROOT project culminated this summer with some heroic scuba divers — military veterans with service-related disabilities. ROOT — Restoring Our Oceans Together — paired specially-trained divers with wounded veterans, some of whom are paraplegics or who had lost limbs in combat. The project is a collaboration […]

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

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. Download and read the Key Largo News article (PDF)

People with disabilities dive into scuba class

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. According to Diveheart founder […]

Here’s Help Radio Show segment

Here’s Help Radio Show segment

South Florida’s Here’s Help Radio Show segment featuring Jim Elliott of Diveheart. July 31, 2015 (first 18 minutes)

WGN Interview: Diveheart unlocks the therapeutic experience of scuba diving

WGN Interview: Diveheart unlocks the therapeutic experience of scuba diving

Jim Elliott, Founder and President of Diveheart joins Rick Kogan on WGN’s radio program After Hours to discuss the organization’s mission of providing a physically and psychologically therapeutic experience to disabled children, adults and veterans through scuba training and instruction. He also talks about his vision for the organization that led him to step away […]

Gabe’s Story: The Man Behind Key Largo’s Underwater Christ Statue

Gabe’s Story: The Man Behind Key Largo’s Underwater Christ Statue

With this year marking the 50th anniversary of the submersion of the “Christ of the Deep” statue off Key Largo, Gabe Spataro knew he had to make a dive to honor it. After all, Spataro, an 83-year-old Korean War veteran who first learned of the statue while on a wine-tasting trip to Italy 54 years […]

Wounded warriors tend to ailing Florida coral reefs

Wounded warriors tend to ailing Florida coral reefs

Wounded warriors are helping to replant endangered staghorn coral off a beach in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The expedition was led by Nova Southeastern University’s reef restoration program, and organized by South Florida-based DiveBar, a dive group for lawyers, and Diveheart, a global organization that assists disabled divers. The outing was part of a new program, […]

Event Allows Disabled Residents To Scuba Dive at Aquatic Center

Event Allows Disabled Residents To Scuba Dive at Aquatic Center

A Cherokee High School student is using a required project as a way to give back to others. Jack Wareham is organizing an event to allow Cherokee County special needs residents an opportunity to scuba dive with trained volunteers. The event will be held noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 22 at the Cherokee County […]

Moving Picture: Ex-Exec Gives Freedom of Scuba Diving to Disabled

Moving Picture: Ex-Exec Gives Freedom of Scuba Diving to Disabled

Ryan O’ Toole describes it as “the greatest feeling in the world.” O’Toole is talking about scuba diving. Actually, he’s typing, not talking, because typing is the only way the 31-year-old West Dundee man can communicate. He is bound to a wheelchair by Leigh’s Disease, or Leigh’s syndrome, a neurological disorder that has imprisoned him […]

Diveheart offers scuba diving opportunities for individuals with disabilities

Diveheart offers scuba diving opportunities for individuals with disabilities

From the basics of cleanliness to soaking in hot tubs to alleviate aches, water has been known to have soothing, healing properties. But for scuba divers at Downers Grove-based Diveheart, water has a much deeper significance. The nonprofit organization, which does not charge a fee to participants, has scores of volunteers that offer scuba diving […]

Diveheart Brings Disabled Diver Training to San Francisco

Diveheart Brings Disabled Diver Training to San Francisco

On Thursday, October 16, Diveheart held a fundraising event at the beautiful Aquarium of the Bay in San Francisco. Founder Jim Elliott, Executive Director Tinamarie Hernandez, and many other volunteers from the Diveheart organization came to San Francisco to raise funding for their training programs, and to introduce their new Diveheart program in the Bay Area. Read the complete […]

Adaptive Scuba techniques at the Aquarium Of The Bay in San Francis

Adaptive Scuba techniques at the Aquarium Of The Bay in San Francis

AWE INSPIRING DEMONSTRATIONS of Adaptive Scuba techniques captured the imagination of guests at the Aquarium Of The Bay in San Francisco last night during Diveheart’s inaugural FRIENDRAISER there. If you were there, you would have seen these moving stories of hopehttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hm4G174B6g0 & testimonials of healinghttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=odtsaLvvrec in addition to in water demonstrations, amazing food, drink and fellowship. Thanks […]

Diveheart Scuba Experience – Ortho Pro – October 4, 2014

Diveheart Scuba Experience – Ortho Pro – October 4, 2014

Scubaboard  and Diveheart volunteers teamed up in Miami Sunday October 5th to give children, adults and veterans with disabilities a Diveheart Scuba Experience.  The images are amazing and friendships that develop are awesome.  Thank you Diveheart and Scubaboard volunteers for your incredible friendship and support.

Jim Elliott – “Making A Difference”

Jim Elliott – “Making A Difference”

ACTOR & SECOND CITY COMEDY VETERAN Brendan Sullivan (rt) joined Northern Star Alumni President Elect Kevin Sheldon (cntr) and Diveheart president Jim Elliott October 10th, along with dozens of reporters, authors & media executives from around the country to present awards for “Innovation” ( Sullivan’s award ) and “Making A Difference” ( Elliott’s award for […]

Diveheart Scuba Experience Program

Diveheart Scuba Experience Program

WRECK DIVER ROCK STAR JOHN CHATTERTON http://www.johnchatterton.comjoined Diveheart Florida Team Volunteers yesterday in Miami during a FREE Diveheart Scuba Experience program. John & other Diveheart volunteers helped veterans, children and adults with amputations, Cerebral Palsy and other disabilities escape gravity for a while.  Huge thanks to all the volunteers, donors and families who made it possible. […]

Diveheart on Facebook

Diveheart on Facebook

Since 2001, we’ve been working to become a GREAT NON PROFIT…with YOUR help we’ve been successful….We hope you will continue to keep us GREAT with your vote of confidence http://greatnonprofits.org/reviews/diveheart-foundation :)) THANKS See more of Diveheart photos on Facebook

Diveheart provides thrills for disabled

Diveheart provides thrills for disabled

Diveheart — founded in 2001 by Chicago media executive Jim Elliott to train people with all sorts of disabilities to become scuba divers — has expanded its operation to South Florida in the past several years. Wilhelmina “Willie” Stanton, 31, of Lantana — a divemaster, boat captain and six-year Diveheart volunteer — is now the […]

Raising Awareness for Adapted Scuba: A Case Report

Raising Awareness for Adapted Scuba: A Case Report

View or Download the Report (PDF) A case study was done by Mark Cole and Rachel Smith, at Western Illinois University, to demonstrate how implementing an adapted scuba program can contribute to just, usable, sustainable,and transformational disability awareness programming in communities. This study was done with Diveheart participation in determining project feasibility, holding a press […]

Diveheart Thankful For Its ARMY Of Volunteers

Diveheart Thankful For Its ARMY Of Volunteers

Saluting Chicagoland volunteers was the call of the Day February 23rd, when Diveheart hosted its annual Chicagoland volunteer appreciation event in Darien Illinois at Q Bar & Grill. Awards, great food and fun were on the agenda. Diveheart’s 2014 plans are to host similar events around the country for it’s teams of volunteers who work […]

Autism/Scuba Therapy Research Unveiled At International Adaptive Scuba Symposium

Autism/Scuba Therapy Research Unveiled At International Adaptive Scuba Symposium

Researchers, scuba instructors, therapists and individuals with disabilities gathered Friday February 14th during an International Adaptive Scuba Symposium hosted by the Midwest’s Largest consumer dive show Our World Underwater and Diveheart. Autism & scuba therapy research conducted by Midwestern University was featured during the symposium. “The results were amazing” said Diveheart founder and president Jim […]

Coral Donation for Future Diveheart Facility

Coral Donation for Future Diveheart Facility

The recent generosity of the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach California translated into a donation of thousands of dollars worth of fake coral to Diveheart for its future facility to be built in the Chicagoland area. The fake coral will be used by Diveheart in the facility which will focus on helping children, […]

DiveHeart: Following Your Passion

DiveHeart: Following Your Passion

I haven’t met Jim Elliott of Diveheart yet but we plan to meet soon for a cup of coffee at my favorite coffee shop in Lantana. I heard about Jim after a walk across the bridge and through the Nature Preserve in Lantana. It was a hot, sweaty day in Florida and I decided I needed an […]

Diveheart introduces scuba diving to help physically and mentally challenged

Diveheart introduces scuba diving to help physically and mentally challenged

After seeing how much snow skiing helped boost the self-esteem of his daughter, who is legally blind, Jim Elliott decided to use his sport of choice — scuba diving — to help others with illnesses and disabilities. Through Diveheart, which he founded in 2001, Elliott has introduced thousands of people to the health benefits of scuba […]

They’re buoyed by going under water

They’re buoyed by going under water

Jordan Thomas was uncertain about his first scuba diving class at The Centre of Elgin’s pool, said his parents, Steve and Gina Thomas. Just before getting into the water, he started asking his dad if he really had to go in. But right after he got in the water for the first time in January, […]

Jim Elliott – Humanitarian of the Year

Jim Elliott – Humanitarian of the Year

Jim Elliott, President and Founder of Diveheart, is presented with the Humanitarian of the Year award, by West Suburban Philanthropic Network. Please click here to read the full article or download a PDF copy here. 01-

Marine Veteran in Southern California stands for first time since his injury

Marine Veteran in Southern California stands for first time since his injury

Marine  Veteran Terry Thomas was injured in Iraq eight years ago.  Saturday June 15th Terry escaped the confines of his wheel chair and stood up for the first time since his injury with the help of Diveheart volunteers.   “I couldn’t take my eyes off my legs when I was standing underwater, it was unreal” Terry […]

Diveheart makes dreams come true at the Aquarium of the Pacific

Diveheart makes dreams come true at the Aquarium of the Pacific

Alex Calvo is an Army veteran who is quadriplegic as the result of an accident. Alex finds that scuba diving gives him great mobility as well as freedom from pain. His story appeared in California Diver magazine, and there’s a video about Alex called “Free Fall” narrated by Hollywood star Lauren Hutton. Photo courtesy of […]

Testimonial – Darrell Young

Testimonial – Darrell Young

Dear Diveheart & Friends/Buddies, Once again it gives me pleasure to offer you a gratitude of thanks for all that you have done. As some of you may know I am a paraplegic diver who has been with the Diveheart team for three years.During the course of my training the accomplishments from this experience has […]

Born without arms, Jessica Cox Learns to fly again, this time in the water

Born without arms, Jessica Cox Learns to fly again, this time in the water

Jessica Cox, from Tucson Arizona, is a pilot and nationally recognized motivational speaker. She has faced challenges that make most of our daily woes look minuscule in comparison. Her quest has brought her to Diveheart hoping to add another adventurous and challenging experience to her list of accomplishments.  The Holiday Inn Select in Naperville once […]