Diveheart’s Jim Elliot Visits Duke

Bruce Derrick, Jim Logan, Jake Freiberger, Rick Roller, Jim Elliot, Richard Moon Stefanie Martina, Jenna Willey at Duke Chamber in July 2012

Jim Elliot presented Hyperbaric Grand Rounds at the duke Center for Hyperbaric Medicine and Environmental Physiology July 17, 2012.

The Diveheart Foundation was founded in Early 2001 and is a non-profit tax exempt 501 (C) (3) national organization chartered in the state of Illinois.  The purpose of Diveheart is to provide and support educational SCUBA diving and snorkeling experience programs that are open to any child, adult or veteran with a disability.  The organization’s goal is to provide both physical and psychological therapeutic value to the participants.


At the July 2012 Hyperbaric Grand Rounds, Mr. Jim Elliot, founder of Diveheart, presented the work of his organization as well as several compelling case reports of individual trainees who experienced significant benefit from Diveheart training.  In keeping with the mission of Diveheart, the faculty and staff of the Duke Center for Hyperbaric Medicine and Environmental Physiology have designed this study with Diveheart to validate and quantify potential benefits of scuba training in the disabled population. This study will use hand-held pulmonary function testing and a validated quality of life (QOL) survey to measure pre-to–post training changes in physical and psychological well-being of individuals participating in Diveheart Foundation scuba training programs.

The Duke faculty supports the role of organizations such as Diveheart in their assistance to US veterans.

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