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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 Florida team lead.

Stanton, with help from about 40 regular volunteers, holds “Discover Scuba” events and organizes classes for able-bodied scuba divers to become certified as buddies and instructors for the disabled under the Handicapped Scuba Association. Diveheart is working toward becoming its own certification agency for adaptive diving.


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