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SCUBA for People with Disabilities

2016-0207 Diveheart

Photo credit: Diveheart

Excerpt of an article by Leanne Suter | ABC7 News

The nonprofit teaches those with disabilities to scuba dive, which helps people with disabilities find new found confidence by going deep underwater. “It’s really not about scuba diving. It’s about helping people with disabilities imagine the possibilities in their life,” founder Jim Elliot said.

Everything at Diveheart is free. All the instructors are volunteers and those who get in the water don’t pay anything. It’s all done through donations, which is the gift of a lifetime for those floating without the weight of the world.

They forget what they can’t do and only dream of what the underwater wonderland has to offer.

“To have movement without any pain and to just be kind of floating and be able to go where you want to go is…I can’t describe it. I can’t describe it,” said Irma Groot, of Phoenix, Arizona.

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