For those who love the water, scuba diving is a great stress-reliever, a getaway from the headaches that the work week may bring. As soon as we descend below the depths of the blue and inviting ocean, we are in a world unimaginable to those on land. However, there are some individuals with physical disabilities making it difficult to overcome even the simplest of obstacles, tasks that we may take for granted.
The Diveheart Foundation is a national non-profit organization founded in 2001 with a heart as large as the name they are known by. The Diveheart mission statement is to build confidence and independence in children, adults and veterans with disabilities using scuba diving as a tool.
With a positive attitude and a special boost of encouragement, Diveheart Foundation provides the support and education needed to snorkel and scuba dive for those with disabilities and a desire to become a diver. Not only do these enthusiastic water lovers become divers, but through the experience, they have more confidence and a greater sense of independence and self-esteem. Barriers are removed and mobility-impaired individuals no longer let that hold them back.
Most recently, on October 19, 2013, in the pool at A.D. Barnes Park in Miami, Florida, twenty exuberant and anxious people assembled by the pool leaving behind their wheelchairs, walkers, crutches and prostheses in order to make their way to the water for a first-time scuba experience. Diveheart instructors and buddies were right by their side. The thrill of putting on their gear, breathing into the regulator and feeling weightless in the water, was an experience they will not soon forget. This Diveheart Scuba Experience was underwritten by Ortho Pro Associates.
The most advantageous part of Diveheart Foundation's purpose is a better quality of life for those with disabilities and an escape that they can ultimately excel at. What could be more rewarding than that?