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Free ''Diveheart Scuba Experience'' returns to A.D. Barnes pool, Nov. 5

Veterans, adults and youth ages 10+ with disabilities have the opportunity to experience the life-changing freedom of zero-gravity with adaptive scuba therapy, presented by Miami-Dade Parks, Diveheart and Otho Pro.

MIAMI (October 04, 2016)

Using the weightless wonder of water, veterans, adults and youth with disabilities, ages 10 and older, will have an opportunity to escape gravity for a brief time and scuba dive with a certified scuba diving volunteer, as part of the free “Diveheart Scuba Experience” being held on Saturday, November 5, 2016, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., at A.D. Barnes Pool, located at 3401 SW 72nd Ave., Miami. The activity is being presented by the Miami-Dade Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department’s Disability Services Aquatic Division in partnership with the Diveheart Foundation and its underwriter Ortho Pro Associates.

Advance registration and medical clearance are required to participate and must be received at least one week prior to the event. For more information, contact Belinda Phillips at 305-380-9106 or bphilli@miamidade.gov; or Terri Bukacheski at 305-598-9688 or infor@orthoproassociates.com

The Diveheart Scuba Experience aims to use scuba as a tool to help build confidence and independence in people with disabilities that have mobility challenges on land, to experience the liberating buoyancy of immersion in water. It is a program of the Diveheart Foundation, founded in 2001 by Chicago media executive Jim Elliott. In recent years, the group has expanded its operation to South Florida, where it is led by Wilhelmina Stanton.

Miami-Dade Parks is the third largest county park system in the United States, consisting of 270 parks and 13,573 acres of land. It is one of the most unique park and recreation systems in the world. The non-profit Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade supports Miami-Dade Parks’ efforts to further develop Miami-Dade County’s world-class parks system for residents and visitors.