Into the Deep By Artis Henderson Gulf Shore Life Magazine, August 2020 Scuba diving—with its serene setting and immersive experience—proves effective for healing body and mind. Divers call it “the big blue”—that dark expanse you see when you’re diving underwater and facing out into the deep sea. You might feel […]
Ruthanne Aves Loves Giving Back By Wendy Foster Hinsdale Magazine, June 2020 It was a perfect match. Ruthanne Aves visited Diveheart’s booth at a scuba diving expo several years ago. “I had been a special education teacher at a junior high school for 34 years. When I saw what Diveheart […]
Jim Elliott of Diveheart (NCHPAD) (Video) by National Center on Health, Physical Activity & Disability (NCHPAD) May 2011 Jim Elliott of Diveheart discusses the organization and its mission of using diving as a means of promoting health, physical activity, and inclusion of and for people with disability. NCHPAD (National Center […]
The Real-Life Superheroes of Scuba Diving by Travis Marshall, ScubaDiving.com 18 August 2016 Jim Elliott of Diveheart | Disabled Scuba Diver Advocate Jim Elliott spent a lot of time in Veterans Administration hospitals, growing up the son of a disabled veteran. Then his oldest daughter was born blind, which inspired […]
WLS-AM 890: Making Face Masks with Ruthanne Aves The Jen Weigel Show WLS-AM 890 Chicago Diveheart volunteer, Ruthanne Aves, talks with Jen Weigel about making homemade masks for people who are visiting patients at the Shirley Ryan Ability Lab in Chicago!
News-Line: Diveheart’s Scuba Therapy Provides Many Benefits To People With Disabilities News-Line.com (April 2020) Since 2001 Diveheart, a volunteer driven 501 (c)(3) not for profit organization based in Downers Grove, Illinois has been helping children, veterans and others with disabilities through zero gravity underwater. Diveheart’s adaptive scuba program uses the […]
Woman Uses Creativity, Perseverance to Help Make Masks Amid COVID-19 Pandemic NBC-5 Chicago A local woman wanted to make a difference for her community during the COVID-19 pandemic, and thanks to her perseverance and creativity she was able to do exactly that. NBC 5’s LeeAnn Trotter shares her story.
Navy Veteran Jesse Kolek Finds Way: A Life with Diveheart Family Post 9/11 By Wendy Foster Hinsdale Magazine, May 2020 Diveheart helped Navy veteran Jesse Kolek find his way. Diveheart, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, provides scuba diving instruction and opportunities for children and adults with disabilities and wounded veterans. Diveheart’s […]
Power of Partnership: Diveheart in Depth Downers Grove Magazine, March 2020 “We’re always so proud of and excited about the support that we receive in very different ways from area businesses,” said Jim Elliott, founder and president of Diveheart in Downers Grove. “Case in point is local automobile dealership owner […]
Ocean Reef Works Together with Diveheart Organization By Ocean Reef / Dive News Wire 17 March 2020 “I can do adventure”. Ocean Reef for Diveheart. Several years ago, Ocean Reef started an amazing and emotionally intense partnership with Diveheart, a nonprofit organization with a unique and inspiring goal: improve confidence […]
Diveheart (Galante, Hershey, Pedrelli 2019) Glenbrook South TV & Film Underwater experiences from Diveheart participants.
Underwater We Are All Equal by Kristen Kucharski GlancerMagazine.com (Mom’s Little Black Book), January 2020 If you know me well, you know I love a variety of activities, including personal support and respite care on the weekends; as well as hosting Special Survivor Games for Indian Prairie School District’s students […]
Diveheart Cozumel 2019 – Imagine the Possibilities (video) By Joseph Harmon Watch video on Youtube.
Benefiting Individuals with Autism Hinsdale Magazine, January 2020 “Science is increasingly supporting what we’ve known to be true for years,” said Jim Elliott, president and founder of Diveheart. The non-profit, based in Downers Grove and with chapters around the world, provides scuba-diving instruction and opportunities to children, adults and veterans […]
Steven Woodham: Marine Corps Vet & Diveheart Diver Hinsdale Magazine, November 2019 Q: How did you first hear about Diveheart? I heard about Diveheart through the Aurora Vet Center. I was going there for readjustment counseling and was told that I might enjoy the Diveheart Scuba Experience (DSE) event that […]
Diveheart: A Beacon for Adaptive Diving By John Tapley, Scuba & H2O Adventures Magazine November 1, 2019 The world of scuba diving is inviting and expansive: while enveloped within the blue, scuba divers enjoy a realm unlike any other: a zone of serenity and calm that sweeps away worries and […]
Realisasi Impian OKU Jadi Penyelam Skuba (video) Realization of a Dream for a Scuba Diver with a Disability Buletin TV3 Malaysia Aktiviti selam skuba terbukti berkesan sebagai proses pemulihan dan latihan terapeutik khusus kepada golongan orang kurang upaya OKU. Ikuti laporan Mohd Ishak Abdillah Ngah, yang menyelami impian golongan itu. […]
Christopher Block Finds Freedom in Scuba Diving After SCI Cure Medical The CURE NATION blog often shares stories of people exploring their world after spinal cord injury to help encourage others on the same path to choose their own adventure too! We knew the minute we met Christopher Block, a […]
Programs Offer Watersports Training To Disabled Veterans By Sherrilyn Cabrera & Gerard Albert III WRLN Miami, August 2019 The ocean is a significant part of life in South Florida. But for many disabled veterans, accessing the water is not always easy. It took Army veteran Don Bickham three years to […]
Dive Right In | Comcast Newsmakers – Diveheart’s Tinamarie Hernandez (video) Diveheart is a nonprofit tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization. The purpose of Diveheart is to provide and support educational scuba diving programs that are open to any child, adult or veteran with a disability, with the hope of providing both physical […]
Adaptive Scuba program Empowers Disabled DC Kids (video) WUSA-TV 9, Washington DC Diveheart and it’s many skilled volunteers work to build confidence, independence and self-esteem in children, adults and veterans of all abilities through adaptive SCUBA. The goal of the program is to help people of all ages with disabilities […]
Diveheart: We Are All Equals Under the Water (video) WUSA-TV9, Washington DC Great Day Washington reporter Andi Hauser travels to Wakefield High School pool in Arlington, VA to learn how Diveheart, an adaptive scuba program is changing lives. The goal of the program is to help people of all ages […]
On the Mark: Diveheart’s Ron Rispoli Hinsdale Magazine, June 2019 Diveheart recreational therapist Ron Rispoli eyes 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo Each month Diveheart Organization spotlights incredible volunteers in Hinsdale Magazine. By joining the Diveheart team, you will become part of one of the most innovative nonprofits in the diving […]
A Plunge of Faith: Diveheart’s Gabe Spataro by Louis Carlozo, Fra Noi A Plunge of Faith Half a century after enshrining a famous Italian statue of Christ beneath the waves of the Gulf of Mexico, blind diver Gabe Spataro proves himself to be a source of inspiration. Christians hold dear […]
SoCal Woman Celebrates Triumph Over Paralysis By Scuba Diving By Kristen Lago, Spectrum News 1 SANTA CLARITA, Calif. – You wouldn’t think the anniversary of a life-altering injury would be something to celebrate, but that’s exactly what took place at the eighth Annual Adaptive Wheelchair Sports Festival. The event is […]
Life-Changing: Gain a whole new perspective of volunteering with Diveheart’s Sarah Repka Hinsdale Magazine May 2019 LIFE CHANGING! The “Diveheart ripple effect” is used to inspire people of all abilities to “imagine the possibilities” in their lives. Sarah is the exemplification of this effect. She humbly takes the unrealized human […]
From the Wheelchair to the Water: Ben Hetrick, RAYVETS Corporate Communications February 2019 Ben Hetrick has always found freedom in the water. As little kid it was swimming with family. As a young man it was water sports with his buddies. After his accident, it was water therapy. “Being suspended […]
Chicago Proud: Diveheart Helps People with Disabilities Gain Confidence through Scuba Diving (video) ABC 7 Chicago CHICAGO (WLS) — Chicago Proud is an ongoing series of ABC 7 Eyewitness News reports and programming efforts spotlighting the remarkable people who make us proud of our hometown. Diveheart is organization that uses […]
Service Above Self: Diveheart’s Jackson Steigbigel & Connor Devine Hinsdale Magazine April 2019 SERVICE ABOVE SELF Hinsdale Central’s Jackson Steigbigel and Connor Devine join forces with Diveheart to help children, veterans and disabled Photo by Daniel Garcia (cropped) “Service above self” can be rare in the world, but two young […]
Global Activism: Disability Therapy Through Scuba Diving – Interview with Diveheart’s Tinamarie Hernandez WBEZ 91.5FM / NPR The organization Diveheart believes in the therapeutic value of scuba diving for people with physical disabilities. Since 2002, they have offered the thrill of weightlessness to people across the U.S. and in Mexico, […]
Diveheart Offers Scuba Therapy for Disabled Community (video) NBC 5 Chicago News: Making A Difference A non-profit in Downers Grove is making a difference. The organization is asking people to donate wetsuits in hopes to use them to take children, adults and veterans with disabilities scuba diving. NBC 5’s Anayeli […]
Wonder Woman: Diveheart’s Amber Rangel Hinsdale Magazine March 2019 Did you know that March is actually the official birthday of Wonder Woman? According to the 1976 DC Comics Calendar, March 22 is Wonder Woman’s in-universe birthday. Wonder Woman’s first appearance was in December 1941’s All-Star Comics #8. We see many […]
Catholic Chicago Radio: Interview with Gabe Spataro & Jim Elliott Archdiocese of Chicago WNDZ 750AM Diveheart is a non-profit organization that uses scuba diving to help build confidence and self-esteem in children, adults and veterans with disabilities. Guests: Jim Elliott; Gabe Spataro.
North Texas Group Takes People With Disabilities Diving (video) CBS 11 News Living with a disability can often mean being told you can’t do certain things but one North Texas group wants the disabled to know there one thing they can do. View article and video on CBS11 website
Diving In: Diveheart’s Tina Hernandez talks about giving back by Janis Von Kaenel Hinsdale Magazine, February 2019 Diveheart executive director Tinamarie Hernandez talks about giving back She describes herself as the person you don’t think of when great things happen, but to others, that couldn’t be further from the truth. […]
Equal FOOTING Bill Bogden is changing disabled people’s lives, one scuba dive at a time by Kerrie Kennedy Hinsdale Magazine Bill Bogden is on a mission. He wants to show disabled people how scuba-diving can change their lives. Bogden, who was diagnosed with neuroblastoma of the spine at eight months […]
Naperville (Illinois) NCTV17: Diveheart Provides Safe Activities for Adaptive Divers to enjoy the wonders of the aquatic world (video) The purpose of Diveheart is to provide and support educational scuba diving programs that are open to any child, adult or veteran with a disability, with the hope of providing both […]
Diving In – Organization Offers Free Scuba Lessons for People with Disabilities by Katrina J.E. Milton The MidWeek (DeKalb, Illinois) SYCAMORE – Barb Castritsis of Sycamore was learning to become a certified scuba diver, but had to stop when she learned she was pregnant with her son Michael. Michael, who […]
Cozumel, Mexico: Channel 10 TV Cozumel Talks to Diveheart About Adaptive Scuba Training (video) Channel 10 TV Cozumel features Diveheart Executive Director Tinamarie Hernandez as she walks viewers through Diveheart Adaptive Scuba training in Cozumel Mexico. Watch video on Youtube.
Nonprofits, businesses create beneficial collaborations to better communities by Jim Elliott Daily Herald (Chicago) The collaboration between for profit businesses and organizations in the nonprofit world is part art and part science. In today’s climate of corporate citizenship and community engagement it is challenging for businesses to find the right […]
No Arms, No Legs, No Worries NewsUSA One might not think that someone with no arms and no legs could swim, much less scuba dive, but with the help of one non-profit organization based in the Chicagoland area, children, veterans and people of all abilities around the world can benefit […]
Team Up A Unique Partnership to Study the Effects of Scuba Diving on People with Autism Spectrum Disorders by Mike Ellis Hinsdale Magazine Many partnerships between people from different organizations work as or more seamlessly than intra-organizational relationships. In October, we reviewed the medical research of Dr. Milan Mrksich, a […]
Selam Tanpa Kaki Majalah: Diving Without Legs (video) An inspirational video from Diveheart Malaysia. Watch video on Youtube
Adaptive program helps people with disabilities learn to scuba dive by Teresa Woodard, WFAA (ABC TV-8), Fort Worth, Texas “You don’t know that you can’t do it until you try it and you find out that you can,” said a paralyzed veteran learning to dive again thanks to a new […]
Sarawak, Malaysia: Pengalaman menyelam skuba oleh pesakit patah tulang belakang (video) Diveheart Malaysia KUCHING 26 Ogos – Seorang belia yang mengalami patah tulang belakang sejak dua tahun lalu kelihatan gembira setelah menyertai sesi percubaan menyelam skuba sebagai hidroterapi di sini sebentar tadi. Freddick yang difahamkan menjadi individu pertama bukan hanya […]
Malaysia: Diveheart Borneo program in Kuching, Sarawak (video) Premier Marine and Scuba Centre Diveheart Borneo program in Kuching Sarawak with DiveHeart Coordinator, Mr Ernest C Teo and Premier Marine Scuba Centre Kuching. The Dive Experience program was the 1st in Borneo Region involving Medical Professionals as DiveHeart Adaptive Dive Buddy […]
Diveheart (Malaysia) gives hope to spinal injury patient by Lim How Pim, Borneo Post (Malaysia) KUCHING: Freddick Jilam, 26, lost mobility partially due to spinal injury resulting from a road accident about two years ago. He was bedridden for five months following the accident in 2016. He misses the ability […]
WREX-TV13: Diveheart Scuba Offers Experience to Students with Disabilities WREX-TV13 Rockford, Illinois Diveheart comes to a pool at Boylan High School in Rockford, Illinois, to help students with disabilities. Scuba diving can be a way to enjoy being in the water from a different perspective, but one organization is using […]
Local Diver Watches Thai Cave Rescue – Comment from Jim Elliott (Diveheart) WBBM News Radio 780AM 105.9FM WBBM News Radio’s Lisa Fielding reports. Comments from local scuba diving instructor Jim Elliott of Diveheart. Listen at WBBM Radio site.
Engage Mag: Alumnus Jim Elliott, CEO of Diveheart Magazine of the College of DuPage (COD) IN THIS ISSUE From COD to CEO — Page 3 Jim Elliott’s Diveheart inspires adaptive divers to focus on abilities, not disabilities. COD alum and Diveheart founder Jim Elliott is a breath of fresh oxygen […]
X-Ray Mag: Diveheart Malaysia Making Waves and Expanding Diveheart Malaysia has been making waves since the organization started regular, monthly, in-pool scuba training programs for persons with disabilities (PWD) trained by Diveheart Ambassador and funder and director of Kids Scuba Malaysia, Syed And Rahman, who worked closely with the rehabilitation […]
WGN-TV9: Local Veteran Brings Sea Statue to America – Then Finally Sees It WGN-TV9 It’s one of the most popular underwater tourist attractions in the world, a 9 foot statue of Christ located just below the ocean in the Florida Keys. The 400 pound bronze statue of Christ was a […]
Hinsdale Mag: Change of Scenery – Diveheart Issue: June 2018 Read full article on Hinsdale website
WDCB Doing Good: Underwater Therapy – Diveheart Radio Interview WDCB 90.9 FM Interview with Tina Marie Hernandez and Jim Elliott of Diveheart. Listen at Soundcloud site.
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 […]
Diveheart (with featured guest Rosemary Ciotti) – Radio Interview Dive Into Life (WVOX Radio) “Dive Into Life” is live every Thursday from 4-5 PM on 1460AM and worldwide at WVOX.COM. Join us and explore our deep “dives” into all that is life! Listen at Dive Into Life/WVOX Radio site.
Diveheart offers people with disabilities life-changing experiences by Carole Jakucs, BSN, RN, PHN Nurse.com Diveheart offers people with disabilities life-changing experiences Rosemary Ciotti, MSN, RN, NP, knows firsthand what it’s like to live with a disability. Several years ago at the age of 37, the avid biker, skier and competitive […]
Meet Jim Elliott of Diveheart Voyage LA Today we’d like to introduce you to Jim Elliott. So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story. The Diveheart vision was inspired by Jim Elliott’s blind daughter in the […]
Suburban diving program gives veterans pain relief, teamwork By Marie Wilson, Daily Herald Army veteran Kirk Williams knows the benefits of scuba diving through a nonprofit organization called Diveheart. So does Coast Guard veteran Kevin Cozzie. “The weightlessness kind of helps my body release itself,” Cozzie said. “I can feel […]
Diveheart: Diveheart works to build confidence, independence and self-esteem in children, adults and veterans of all abilities through scuba diving, scuba therapy and related activities. Diveheart’s founder, Jim Elliot, joins the Steve Cochran Show to talk about the incredible things that they are doing at Diveheart. See full article on […]
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 […]
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. VIDEO
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 […]
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 more
Therapy: Walking Again – On the bottom of the ocean Diveheart adaptive diver Robert Sagartz walks on the bottom of the ocean. VIDEO
Deepest pool in the world may be built in Chicago area 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 […]
Distinguished Alumni: Jim Elliott (The Courier – DuPage College student newspaper) Jim Elliott Then: Sports reporter, class of ‘77 Now: Founder and President of Diveheart. Honored as the West Suburban Philanthropic Network Humanitarian of the Year. Download the PDF Jim Elliott attended COD as a journalism major, covering the state […]
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. […]
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 […]
Diveheart Featured in Dive Log Magazine (Australasia) Diveheart Diving for the Disabled presentation and demonstration at the TWI facility in Shah Alam, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Download the PDF DiveLog Magazine's website
Diveheart Featured in Emirates Diving Association (EDA) Magazine The Diveheart team is featured in the Emirates Diving Association EDA Magazine June 2016 issue on the Diveheart Scuba Experience program with Kids Scuba held at the TWI facility in Shah Alam, Malaysia. The team was introducing Persons With Disabilities (PWD) to […]
(April 25, 2016) Chicago’s Relevant Radio interviews Diveheart founder Jim Elliott.
Tinamarie Hernandez Introduces People with Disabilities to Underwater World of Scuba Diving It takes an extraordinary type of scuba diver to safely accompany someone with a physical or cognitive disability underwater for an extended period of time. Chicago’s Tinarmarie Hernandez is one of those rare scuba enthusiasts specially trained for […]
Malaysia: Kids Scuba with DiveHeart Training Disabled Divers Malaysia TV1, Morning Talkshow “Selamat Pagi Malaysia” featuring the In pool scuba Tryouts with the DiveHeart Team, Kids Scuba Dive Team and People With Disability PWD held at the TWI Diving Center with Jim Elliot, Tinamarie Hernandez, Emma Tosh & Charles Rowe […]
Sunday, February 07, 2016 RANCHO PALOS VERDES, Calif. (KABC) — A special scuba diving program teaches people with disabilities that they can do more than they ever imagined. Below the surface the differences are hard to find, but back on dry land there’s no escaping it. “I got injured 25 […]
Diveheart Empowers People With Disabilities Through Scuba Diving (Success Magazine) After Jim Elliott helped his blind daughter learn to ski, he was so inspired by her new skills and free spirit that he ultimately decided to focus his life’s work on helping people with disabilities. “You can only ski in […]
Diveheart, a non-profit 510 (c) 3 organization, was founded in 2001. The vision was to build confidence and independence and self esteem in children, adults and veterans with disabilities through scuba diving. Thanks to the wonder of the water column, the oceans and lakes of the world become the forgiving […]
Under the Sea, We Are All Equal En el fondo del mar somos todos iguales Disability is no obstacle for youth and veterans … La discapacidad no es impedimento para que los jóvenes y veteranos buceen como cualquier otro ser humano … Watch video at CNN Español (Spanish)
Wounded warriors are helping to replant endangered staghorn coral off a beach in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The expedition was led by Nova Southeastern University’s reef restoration program, and organized by South Florida-based DiveBar, a dive group for lawyers, and Diveheart, a global organization that assists disabled divers. The outing was […]
One group, called Diveheart, is using scuba diving as therapy for people with disabilities and military veterans who have experienced trauma. They say there’s something about going under water that helps them reach new heights.