Oct 6th, 2020
Talking to Jim Elliot founder of Diveheart, a non-profit organisation the seeks to help less able bodied individuals get in the water and dive.
Over a brew Jim tells me how he left his career in the media industry—to become a full-time volunteer and teach individuals with disabilities how to scuba dive. Five years later, in 2001, he founded Diveheart!
Grab yourself a brew and listen to this inspiring story.
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His website: https://www.diveheart.org/
His Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/diveheart
His Twitter: https://twitter.com/diveheart
Adaptive scuba symposium: https://www.diveheart.org/symposium/
His YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/DiveheartFoundation
Jim Elliott was once a volunteer guide for blind downhill skiers. After years of being inspired by the impact that skiing had on individuals with disabilities, Jim also a passionate scuba diver decided that scuba diving would be the perfect candidate to replicate this tremendous, positive experience.
In 1996, Jim left his career in the media industry working with Chicago Tribune, WGN Radio and CLTV News to become a full-time volunteer and teach individuals with disabilities how to scuba dive. Five years later, in 2001, he founded Diveheart, a volunteer-driven organization focused on building confidence and independence in disabled children, adults and veterans through scuba diving.
Jim, who has been diving since 1976, is also a scuba instructor with PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) and an H.S.A. (Handicapped Scuba Association) & SDI Instructor Trainer.
Jim’s efforts have been widely recognized by the Illinois Skin and Scuba Council receiving the “Humanitarian of the Year” award in 2005 and the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago receiving the “Community Award” in all of 2005 through 2007.
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