Several scuba divers with physical disabilities, including a number of veterans, will don scuba gear on Wednesday, July 26 to take part in Florida's 6th annual BugFest-By-The-Sea.

The lobster mini-season dive festival is sponsored by Lauderdale-By-The-Sea, Fla., a small seaside town north of Fort Lauderdale.

A fundraiser concert at the event on July 29 will benefit Diveheart, a non-profit organization that provides scuba diving instruction and opportunities to children and adults with disabilities and wounded veterans.

"We’ve discovered the forgiving, weightless wonder of the water column provides the perfect gravity-free environment for those who might otherwise struggle on land," said Diveheart founder Jim Elliot. "Underwater, we’re all equal."

Jim Elliott- Founder of Diveheart

Based in Illinois and founded in 2001, Diveheart is a nonprofit tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization that provides educational scuba diving programs to any child, adult or veteran with a disability. Diveheart works with veterans and other individuals with a variety of disabilities including physical and developmental disabilities, vision and hearing impairments, amputations, traumatic brain injuries, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and more.

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Known as "Florida's Beach Diving Capital," Lauderdale-By-The-Sea was recognized by the Florida Legislature for its efforts to promote diving and snorkeling while also preserving nearby coral reefs.

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