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Diveheart Film Garners Ninth Award

Diveheart documentary poster.

Nonprofit Diveheart’s documentary Adapting to Dive, by Los Angeles filmmaker David Marsh, has won its ninth international film festival award. Marsh and Diveheart founder and Executive Director Tinamarie Hernandez encourage those in the dive community, individuals with disabilities and everyone else to watch and share the film.

The movie follows Marsh on a transformational journey after losing his son to an opioid overdose on Thanksgiving Day one week before he was to join Diveheart on an adaptive scuba diving trip to Cozumel, Mexico. It also highlights the travails of a group of scuba divers with disabilities. Since premiering in May, Adapting to Dive has received honors from the Orlando International Film Festival, Cine Paris, Marina del Rey Film Festival and Impact Doc awards, and is available for streaming on Amazon Video, tubiTV and other services.

Marsh says, “After going through this entire process of creating a film, releasing it to the world and seeing the response, what I’ve learned is that we are all adapting to something in life. Diveheart and the adaptive divers showed me that we have to learn to go through these challenging things. It is important to remain in a positive state no matter what happens, because it doesn’t matter what happens, it only matters what you do with what happens that makes the difference in your life.”

Founded in 2001, Diveheart’s mission is to provide and support educational scuba diving programs that are open to any youth, adult or veteran with a disability, with the hope of providing both physical and psychological therapeutic value to all participants. Diveheart also teaches adaptive scuba to instructors and divers of all abilities.

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