Diveheart Adaptive Scuba Diving Trip Transforms Filmmaker’s Life | Herald Community Newspapers


(NewsUSA) – Scuba diving can be an exotic and rewarding activity for anyone, but for people with various physical or cognitive disabilities, the unique weightlessness of the underwater environment allows them to exercise, to relax, have fun and gain confidence like no other experience. Children and adults facing challenges including head trauma, amputations, spinal cord injuries, cerebral palsy, and blindness can reap the physical and psychological benefits of scuba diving.

Diveheart, a tax-exempt nonprofit based in Downers Grove, Illinois, has been helping youth, veterans, and other people with disabilities through adaptive diving and dive therapy since 2001.

Last year, Los Angeles filmmaker David Marsh accompanied a Diveheart team on a diving trip to Cozumel, Mexico, to make a documentary about the organization and its mission. For Marsh, the experience was life-changing, as he completed the trip and his filming despite the tragic personal loss of his son to a drug overdose a week earlier.

On the last day of the trip, Marsh shared his loss with the Diveheart team.

“David Marsh is amazing and awesome. Despite his loss and grief, he persevered and captured the spirit, love and hope that comes from every Diveheart trip,” said Diveheart Founder and President, Jim Elliott.

“He captured the essence of our mission and shared the real-life experience of what Diveheart is doing to help people with disabilities experience freedom underwater.”

In the documentary, each day embraces a theme; the first day is confidence, the second day freedom and the third day adaptation. Audiences will see how Marsh translated the feelings of adaptive divers, who shared their losses, struggles, fears and hopes.

“We are so grateful to David for capturing Diveheart in action,” Elliott points out. “My hope for this documentary is to raise awareness of Diveheart’s mission: to revolutionize rehabilitation by using underwater weightlessness to help those with mobility issues, chronic pain and post-traumatic stress disorder. We helping our participants find that self-confidence, personal strength and independence, and we will continue to do so in the years to come.”

The documentary, “Adapting To Dive,” will premiere at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 18, 2022 at Classic Cinemas Tivoli Theater, 5021 Highland Ave. in Downers Grove, Illinois.

Visit diveheart.org for more information on Diveheart. To see a trailer of the documentary, Click here. Tickets are $12 for general admission and accessible seating.

For more information on the documentary and tickets, Click here.


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