Diveheart founder presents at largest rehabilitation medical conference in Malaysia


Diveheart founder presents at largest rehabilitation medical conference in Malaysia

This week Diveheart founder and president Jim Elliott shared the benefits of Scuba Therapy with physicians, therapists, researchers and other medical professionals from around Asia at the 13th annual Malaysian Rehabilitation Medicine Conference.          

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – 09/02-03/2022. The Downers Grove based non-profit Diveheart has been educating the medical community about the benefits of Adaptive Scuba and Scuba Therapy since its founding in 2001. This week organizers of the 13th Annual Malaysian Rehabilitation Medicine Conference, with the help of Tourism Malaysia, the Universiti Sains Malaysia and other sponsors in the medical and rehabilitation industry in Asia brought Jim Elliott, the founder and president of Diveheart to Kuala Lumpur to present on the benefits of Adaptive Scuba and Scuba therapy.

Man speaking at podium

“We have been working with Diveheart in Malaysia and its Malaysian lead Syed Rahman for years and Jim Elliott. I’m a diver and I’ve seen first-hand while working with Diveheart the therapeutic benefits of Adaptive Scuba for individuals with a wide variety of disabilities,” said conference president Prof. Dr. Nazirah Bt. Hasan.

The last time Elliott presented to medical professionals in Malaysia was in 2018. COVID kept Elliott out of Malaysia in 2020 and 2021 when he was invited to present at university medical centers and participate in adaptive scuba events organized by Diveheart Malaysia and its partners around the country.

Elliott’s presentation at this year’s conference included the history of Adaptive Scuba and Scuba Therapy and Diveheart’s roll in growing the ground breaking rehabilitation, research, adaptive scuba training and education around the world. He reviewed the many adaptive scuba symposiums that Diveheart has hosted since 2001, as well as the tools that Diveheart has provided to help the medical community to use so they can conduct research, rehabilitation, education, training and vocational opportunities for children, veterans and others with a wide variety of disabilities in their communities.

“Malaysia is the clear leader in growing and promoting adaptive scuba and scuba therapy in Asia. Over the years Diveheart Malaysia has developed collaborations in the medical, educational, service, government, tourism and dive communities,” said Elliott.   Syed’s compassionate and empathetic leadership combined with his unending energy and creativity has helped him forge relationships that have really moved the ball forward in adaptive scuba and scuba therapy in Asia,” Elliott added.


Diveheart Founder, Jim Elliott and Diveheart Malaysia lead Syed Rahman are available to answer questions, conduct presentations and provide more information on adaptive scuba and scuba therapy. Contact Jim Elliott, jim.elliott@diveheart.org, 630-408-1920 and Syed Rahman at Syed.Rahman@diveheart.org 407-308-7724 Both are also available via whatsapp and zoom for interviews or presentation requests.

About Diveheart

Diveheart is a nonprofit tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization. Founded in 2001, Diveheart’s mission is to provide and support educational scuba diving programs that are open to any youth, adult or veteran with a disability, with the hope of providing both physical and psychological therapeutic value to that person. Diveheart also teaches adaptive scuba to instructors and divers of all abilities.