Seniors Going Scuba Diving with Diveheart

Seniors Going Scuba Diving with Diveheart

Schaumburg, Ill.
By Erin Ivory, WGN9

Most senior citizens will do just about anything to avoid being hooked up to an oxygen tank, but 91-year-old Velma Robinson and her friend Helen signed up for it, donning goggles, fins and a 45 lb. oxygen tank to try scuba diving for the first time.

“I just can’t see people sitting in their rooms watching TV when they can get out and enjoy life!” Velma said.

For years the friends have played water volleyball at their Friendship Village Retirement Community, but decided to go big and try scuba diving this week.

“I’m gonna wait to see the reaction of my kids! They’re afraid I’m losing it anyway,” Helen laughs.

The lessons were provided by Diveheart, a local organization that aims to get anyone who wants to dive breathing underwater, regardless of age, disability or condition.

“We’ve had people just from the first pool session, who end up taking on challenges that they never would have taken before because now they go, ‘If I could scuba dive, I could do anything,’ which is really cool”, Diveheart founder Jim Elliott said.

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Diveheart Malaysia: In the News on Bernama News Channel

Diveheart Malaysia – In the News on Bernama News Channel

Diveheart Malaysia Featured in Bernama News Channel BNC Morning Talkshow on 03 January 2018 with Riza Faisal PADI PWD Scuba Diver and Diveheart Malaysia Ambassador and PADI IDC Staff Instructor Hj. Syed Abd Rahman.



Sharecare: Meet Kerry Gruson, Retired Journalist

Sharecare: Meet Kerry Gruson, Retired Journalist

Diveheart adaptive diver Kerry Gruson.
Meet Kerry Gruson, a retired journalist for The New York Times that we had the honor of featuring in our latest episode of Sharing Care. In 1974, Kerry was nearly choked to death, leaving her without oxygen and leading to Neurological Parkinson’s Disease, a condition that would affect her for the rest of her life. However, this did not stop her from living her life to the fullest – see how she continues to show her bravery and courage through Diveheart.


Rainbow Reef (RRDC) Trips and Adaptive Dive Training Schedule 2017

Rainbow Reef (RRDC) Trips and Adaptive Dive Training Schedule 2017

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Join Diveheart and Rainbow Reef Dive Center (RRDC) in 2017 . . . .

Do you want to be part of an Adaptive Dive Team that helps divers with disabilities Imagine the Possibilities? Become an Adaptive Dive Buddy in 2017!


Diveheart Opens New Worlds with Adaptive Scuba Therapy

Cure Medical (
5 June 2017

The vision of Diveheart is to instill the “can do” spirit in participants, inspiring them to take on challenges that they may not have considered before. Using zero gravity and the adventure paradigm, we help participants believe that if they can scuba dive they can do anything.

Scuba diving helps build self-confidence and self-esteem and even may improve the diver’s mobility and give some relief from pain. We call it scuba therapy.

Diveheart was founded by Jim Elliott in 2001, although he had already been working with people with disabilities for several years. Jim’s daughter, Erin, was born blind and struggled to become a part of the community. But, all that changed when Jim heard about adaptive downhill skiing. Erin began participating and Jim joined a parent group who worked with people with disabilities on downhill skiing, and he also became a guide for blind skiers.

An Idea is Born: Adaptive Scuba Therapy

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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

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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 was the defending national champion in tricks and runner up in slalom in 2013. I had decided to add jump to my resume in 2014. I was with my coach one week before the tournament, basically just touching up my trick run and decided a few more jumps would build my confidence. Then, while my coach and teammates watched from our boat, I tripped on the water and at 43mph and hit the jump head first. I immediately knew I was injured and fearful for my life. I had broken my neck in several places and my right arm was disfigured. I was physically unable to help myself, but my mind was alert the entire time.

After months of physical therapy I was introduced to adaptive sports-something that both motivated and scared me! It was during this transition to my new normal that I met Sarah Arends-Repka and Scott Alm. Scott suggested I try SCUBA, my first reaction was, “Are you crazy? Six months after nearly drowning and you want me to do WHAT?”. A few weeks later I was introduced to and decided I could not let the fear consume me any longer. I showed up at the pool and was diving within an hour! I was hooked.

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Training: Diveheart Adaptive Dive Training – South Florida (April 2017)

Diveheart Adaptive Dive Training – South Florida (April 2017)

April 24-29, 2017
Boynton Beach, Florida

Do you want to be part of an Adaptive Dive Team that helps divers with disabilities?
Imagine the Possibilities … Here is your opportunity!

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Diveheart Quest for 1000 Amigos

Diveheart’s Quest for a Thousand Amigos


I want to be a Diveheart Amigo

Diveheart is on a quest to inspire 1,000 friends of Diveheart (individuals, clubs, groups or organizations) to donate $1,000 each to help create a resource that will provide assitance for individuals of all abilities to participate in Diveheart activities. (Installment options available, contact for details.)

Being a Diveheart Amigo means that your $1,000 membership makes you an integral part of a philanthropic community of Diveheart supporters who help children, adults and veterans with disabilities “Imagine the Possibilities” in their lives.

We all get by with a little help from our friends……Become a Diveheart Amigo Today!!!

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