About Us

Swim Brayv mer-models and cause ambassadors travel near and far educating humans on water safety, and engaging them to become advocates for drowning prevention. Along with our board of directors, and behind the scenes leadership team, these front-line volunteers help us connect with our communities. 


We are proud water watchers, who want to spread awareness about water safety and reduce drowning over time. The hope is that as a group of like-minded volunteers, working together, we can positively influence other citizens to become advocates for drowning prevention too!

Sadly, drowning occurs more often than people realize. Drowning is a leading cause of death globally, especially for children 14 and under. We believe this fact is due lack of knowledge and communication about water safety. Take the Swim B.R.A.Y.V. Pledge along with us today and…

Our Mission

Significantly increase water safety advocacy and safe swimming practices through an engaging delivery of knowledge at water activity sites.

The Swim Brayv Foundation will increase water safety advocacy and safe swimming practices by:

  • Innovating around hands-on engagement of recreational populations where swimming and aquatic sports take place
  • Delivering compelling educational materials and activities around water safety and drowning prevention
  • Building and connecting communities that provide support for those who have encountered swimming misfortunes
  • Collaborating with other water safety foundations regarding drowning prevention and water/swim safety

Founder’s Story

Candace’s younger brother Brayv passed away before his second birthday, due to a drowning accident in 2011. The tragedy deeply impacted Brayv’s family and motivated Candace to begin the Swim Brayv Foundation.

Her mission is to raise awareness for drowning prevention and water/swim safety.

The foundation’s ultimate goal is to reduce frightful drowning statistics across all communities. Drowning is the leading cause of unintentional injury and deaths of children under the age of four, according to the National Drowning Prevention Alliance.

The Swim Brayv Foundation also aims to provide support for families who are impacted by drowning hardships. She plans to begin her focus right at home in Southern California, and then expand globally.

Together we can… Save Lives. Swim Brayv.

Board of Directors

Candace earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration: Entrepreneurship, from California State University of Fullerton, along with an Associates Degree in Applied Arts: Dance from Golden West College. With support from the amazing individuals surrounding her, she developed the Swim Brayv Foundation shortly after graduating. She plans on continuing her education once the Swim Brayv Foundation has expanded internationally.

Candace Thome

David Obstfeld is an Associate Professor in Management at California State University of Fullerton and has previously taught at New York University and the University of California Irvine. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Chicago and a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. His research focuses on the role of networks and creativity in innovation and entrepreneurship.

David Obstfeld

Megan Gaver is currently the Director of Marketing and Operations for 1642 Las Palmas Group, based out of Los Angeles. Her marketing experience consists of over fifteen years in the hospitality and nightlife industries of New York, Las Vegas and Los Angeles. She attended Rutgers Law School to receive her Juris Doctorate, passing the Bar in New Jersey after graduating.

Megan Gaver

Don Copeland has over 35 years of consulting experience in lean manufacturing, for companies such as Boeing. He was also a counselor at the Casa Youth Shelter in Los Alamitos for five years. Don attended National University in San Diego where he received his Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science, as well as his Masters in Counseling Psychology.

Don Copeland

Nannette Brodie is an Artistic Director and Choreographer. Her work has been showcased in over than 300 venues, from New York to France. This was all accomplished alongside the development of a nonprofit corporation called South Coast Dance Arts Alliance. After receiving her Bachelor’s in Fine Arts and a Master’s in Dance from California State University, Los Angeles.

Nannette Brodie

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