Being disabled in any way usually comes with a life time of being told “You can’t do that!... You are disabled.” Being told “No” and “You can’t..” all the time can quickly eliminate any confidence and willingness to try something new especially when it is experienced your entire life. This is the case for many individuals living with disabilities.

Jim Elliott (founder of the DiveHeart Organization) experienced the “No’s” and “You Cant’s” through the lives of his own children and because of that he now spends a good part of his life changing that attitude in others through his organization.  The Diveheart Organization helps children, adults and veterans with disabilities build confidence and independence through SCUBA diving and SCUBA therapy.

Below are a few links to articles and video links to help better explain the benefits the DiveHeart organization is able to provide and the positive changes it has made with the many individuals the organization helps out.

 Diving Into Therapy on NBC News

Making a Difference with Brian Williams on NBC Nightly News

Turning Point: Diveheart on BYU TV

Leaders with Heart on CNN 

Illinois Dive Helps Disabled Vets Defy Gravity Underwater in the Huffington Post


80% Pay Cut But It Was Worth It in Money Magazine

Disabled Divers Getting Along Swimmingly in the International Rotarian Magazine

Jim Elliott Wins Glenn McIntyre Heritage Award in California Diver Magazine

Group Teaches SCUBA Divers with Disabilities in ABC Feature

Jim and his organization are always open to helping any one they can so feel free to share the information to anyone you think can benefit from the services he is able to provide.

Here is Jim with club members as we present him with a certificate for speaking to our club and donate a children's book to the Dundee Township Library in his name.