Our Mission

The International Water Safety Foundation is a non-profit organization raising drowning awareness while bringing basic swimming, water safety, and safe rescue skills to children.


Mission Statement:

“Striving to make a planet that’s 70% water, 100% water safe!”

Core Philosophies

Interdependence -- Communication -- Education -- Sustainability

Drowning is a massively neglected public health issue. Drowning occurs in every country in the world. Working together is pertinent to changing the tide.

The collection of drowning data is not universal. This has presented more problems than we could have ever imagined. Data is a language that tells a story and points us in the right direction.

A lack of awareness, water safety education, and the fear of water has allowed the vicious cycle of not learning to swim to remain intact. Learning to swim at an early age makes children smarter.

We must take proven, preventive action demonstrating scalability and sustainability for effective measures.

Our Team

Nathan Tschohl, Co-Founder

A lifelong swimmer and advocate for water safety, Nate has been around water his entire life.  The son of a retired United States Coast Guard Captain, he grew up with a keen sense of the importance of water safety while living near the Great Lakes, Atlantic Ocean, and the Gulf of Mexico.  His passion for swimming and drowning prevention led him to volunteering for the Virginia Special Olympics, the Josh Project, and ultimately toward raising water safety awareness via International Water Safety Day (IWSD).

Tschohl has reached thousands in his quest to teach water safety education.  Tschohl has led learn-to-swim projects in his local community and beyond.  In 2014, he helped run a learn to swim program on the remote Maldivian island of Eydafushi which was captured and documented in Jon Bowermaster’s documentary, “Sink or Swim: Learning the Crawl in the Maldives”.

A graduate of Old Dominion University where he was a two time Captain for their Division I varsity swim team.  He went on to become Old Dominion’s Assistant Men’s and Women’s Swim Coach as well as the Senior Head Coach for Tidewater Aquatic Club for several years.  Tschohl is currently the CEO of swimnerd.  He resides in Virginia Beach, Virginia with his wife Carly and their two beloved mutts, Tim & Fran.




Provide a child with the lifesaving skill of learning to swim

By treading water!