Diving for Therapy – TEDx Naperville – Jim Elliott of Diveheart

Diving for Therapy – TEDx Naperville – Jim Elliott of Diveheart

After leaving a successful career in the media industry in 1996, Jim Elliot became a full-time volunteer by founding Diveheart, a not-for-profit that helps build confidence and independence in individuals through scuba diving. Jim’s inspiration came from his daughter who was blind from birth, and developed tremendous self-confidence after learning how to downhill ski. Passionate about scuba diving since the 1970’s Jim decided to replicate his daughter’s experience, but in the forgiving weightless environment underwater which provides perfect buoyancy and balance to individuals who might otherwise struggle on land.

 

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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.

See full article on WGTV9 site.

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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.

 

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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.

 
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Why did this veteran choose Diveheart training ?

Why did this veteran choose Diveheart training when he became an Adaptive Scuba Instructor?

Check out the upcoming issue of Sport Diver Magazine to find out why! You can do it too.Find out moreveteran

WGN Radio Interview with Gabe Spataro – Diveheart (Audio)

WGN Radio Interview with Gabe Spataro – Diveheart (Audio)

Steve Cochran Show, WGN Radio, Chicago

Steve Cochran interviews diver, disabled veteran and local legend Gabe Spataro. Diveheart’s Jim Elliott also joins in.

Watch video on Youtube.

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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