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 president.
“This is the only sport in the world that has no gravity,” Elliott said. “Our divers with disabilities find that they can move body parts that they’ve never been able to move before.”
Elliott left a successful career in media in 2001 to pursue Diveheart as a full-time volunteer. Diveheart, a 501©3 not-for-profit, provides scuba diving instruction and experiences to children and adults with disabilities and wounded veterans, around the world. The organization seeks to instill the “can do” spirit in participants, inspiring the to take on challenges that they may not have considered before. [More … Read the PDF]