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The Dr. Charles van der Horst Water Safety Initiative has been created to provide financial resources for youth-focused water safety programs which aim to provide the opportunity for every child to be safe in and around the water.


The Initiative envisions a community where water safety programs are available to all school-age children.  We foresee a day when all children are safer around the water and strive for a time when our participants will be those teaching and helping to keep safe both their peers and future generations of children.


The Initiative will operate using the values embodied by Charlie:

  • Compassion
  • Integrity
  • Collaboration
  • Confidence
  • Courage