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  • The Live Blue Foundation


  • National Bestseller by
    Wallace J. Nichols, PhD


    The surprising science that shows how being near, in, on, & under water can make you happier, healthier, more connected, and better at what you do
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  • BLUE MIND is Science
    LIVE BLUE is Action

    Wellness, like life, is impossible without water.

Our Mission

The Live Blue Foundation was created to put Blue Mind science and best practices into action—safely getting people near, in, on, and under water for life.

Our Vision

We recognize that water is medicine for those who need it most and everyone else. Our vision is a world where everyone understands and has access to the cognitive, emotional, psychological, social, physical, and spiritual health benefits of waters and oceans—their #bluemind.

Our Activities

Based on a decade of research, outreach, a global network of experts, practitioners, and ambassadors and the groundswell created by the book Blue Mind by Dr. Wallace J. Nichols, we identify leading organizations around the world who reconnect people with water throughout their lives and provide tools needed to put #bluemind into action.

Our Design

Our logo represents the lifelong connections we share throughout each of the seven ages of water, which Dr. Nichols details in his upcoming book Live Blue.


The Ocean Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization, is a fiscal partner of The Live Blue Foundation. They established a formal Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) initiative to support their leadership in the development and implementation of new policies and procedures to institutionalize these values in the organization’s operations and the broader Ocean Foundation community of advisors, project managers, and grantees. We honor their core cross-cutting values of diversity, equity, and inclusion as we grant the funds to get people near, in, on, and under water for life.


The Live Blue Foundation Partnership

The Live Blue Foundation is a partnership between Watershape University and Wallace J. Nichols, Ph.D.

Watershape University Co-Founder David J. Peterson, P.E. with Wallace J. Nichols, Ph.D., author of Blue Mind at the 9th Annual Blue Mind Summit.

Watershape University (“WU”) provides the highest quality live instruction of business, design, engineering and construction programs to students of all levels in the pool, spa, aquatics, and outdoor living sectors.

Although recently founded by David J. Peterson (CEO) and William T. Drakeley (President), WU is defined by decades of teaching and practice among staff, faculty, and volunteers engaged in its educational and credentialing programs. WU encourages personal development through membership in the elite International Watershape Institute, providing principled leadership, a supportive culture and altruism to benefit the industry and society.

Peterson and Lauren Stack, Vice President, are pleased to serve as advisory board members of the Foundation, getting people on, in, under, and near water for life.

Wallace J. Nichols, Ph.D.

The Blue Mind Company was founded by marine biologist Dr. Wallace J. Nichols in 2009 to describe and share the science and best practices related to water and wellness. Through annual summits, books, films, awards, media, keynotes, and workshops BMC has reached over a billion people, making progress towards to the goal of creating common knowledge. #bluemind

Nichols is changing the way the world engages with water and rethinking all the ways people spend time near, in, on, and under it. He is a driving force in creating common knowledge about how water is medicine for those who need it most and sharing Blue Mind science and ethos across many sectors in contemporary culture.

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