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 provide.
Jim Elliott’s goal: to build what he said would be the world’s deepest warm-water pool – 150 feet, to be exact – at the corner of Broadway and North Avenue that would be used for research, rehabilitation, education and training.
For those with limited mobility, the benefits of physical therapy in a zero gravity environment is well-documented. And more recent research from leading universities, including Johns Hopkins, shows that scuba diving has unique effects on the minds and bodies of those with many types of disabilities, including chronic pain, spinal cord paralysis, cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, autism, PTSD and brain injuries.
Diveheart volunteers teach members of the DuPage County Veterans Center the basics of scuba diving in a recent class at the Fox Valley Park District Vaughan Center in Aurora.
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