In 1998, Challenges Foundation was founded by Nicholas Coster, a recognized and seasoned actor who is an avid, local mariner. He began teaching scuba diving in 1974 and then started teaching disabled divers (now more accurately named, ” adaptive diving”) in 1982 as an original instructor-member of the Handicapped Scuba Association. Then, in 1998 with two “challenged ” persons, Steve Cortwright and Sarkis Dirmijian, he formed Challenges Foundation. After founding the Veterans Scuba Project at West L.A. VA. hospital, Nicolas became concerned about the well-being of our returning soldiers. Nicholas believed that the open ocean and the sense of freedom could be a healing and peaceful experience so he acquired and started restoration of Emerald and established the Veterans Sailing Program in Greater Los Angeles Health Care (VA).
Challenges Foundation believes the same and feels strongly about extending these enriching experiences to the many disabled and disadvantaged children in our community who may otherwise not have the chance to experience being on a sail or motor boat.
Nicolas Coster continues as an advisory board member of Challenges Foundation.