Diveheart, in conjunction with Tourism Malaysia, will be presenting at the Moscow Dive Show 2021, 8 – 11 April 2021. The Moscow Dive Show, which is the largest exhibition of equipment, training and tourism for scuba diving and other water sports in Russia and Eastern Europe, will be held at the Gostiny Dvor Exhibition Center.
The exhibition is an excellent opportunity to connect with divers in Russia and Eastern Europe and widen the adaptive diving community, according to Jim Elliott, founder of Diveheart.
“We believe that everyone should have the opportunity to experience the life-changing power of scuba diving. There really are no boundaries to what we can achieve, and we have seen time and time again how educational scuba therapy has built confidence and transformed the lives of people with disabilities all over the world,” said Elliott.
Elliott said he appreciated Tourism Malaysia's initiative in reaching out to Diveheart. “This collaboration demonstrates Malaysia’s commitment to opening the doors to every diver, regardless of their abilities, to explore new dive destinations, build international friendships and gain new experiences at the same time.”
At the Moscow Dive Show, Diveheart will be represented by its Malaysian Ambassador Syed Abdul Rahman, who is based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and is the founder and director of Kids Scuba Malaysia. In Malaysia, Syed has led Diveheart and adaptive diving programs for nearly a decade, training more than a hundred local adaptive divers and volunteers.
“I am pleased that more and more dive destinations in Malaysia are becoming more disability-friendly in terms of the facilities that they offer and willingness to accept adaptive divers,” said Syed. In order to foster more accessibility for people with disabilities in the dive industry, Syed has personally conducted stakeholder engagements with government officials and agents of private tourism.
Syed will also be promoting Malaysia’s world-class dive destinations at the Moscow Dive Show. “Malaysia is truly blessed with so many beautiful dive destinations including Tioman Island, Perhentian Islands, Tenggol Island and of course, Sipadan Island,” said Syed, adding that the waters around Malaysia are known for their beautiful coral reefs, rich underwater biodiversity, and a range of diving for all levels of divers.
As a nonprofit tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization, Diveheart’s goal is to provide and support educational scuba diving programs for any child, adult or veteran with a disability, in the hopes of offering both physical and psychological therapeutic value to that individual. “We have discovered the forgiving, weightless wonder of the water column provides the perfect gravity-free environment for those who might otherwise struggle on land,” stated Diveheart in a press release. “Underwater, we’re all equal.” The organization works with people with a variety of disabilities, including physical and developmental disabilities, vision and hearing impairments, amputations, traumatic brain injuries, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and more. Diveheart strives to help its participants to “Imagine the Possibilities” in their lives.
For information, visit: diveheart.org