Mobile, Ala. (WKRG) — Kids in local Boys & Girls Clubs spent spring break learning live saving skills. The ZAC Foundation hosted it’s 7th Annual Water Safety Camp at Bishop State Community College.
The camp brings together classroom instruction, hands-on techniques, and swimming exercises for kids ages 6-10. Local law enforcement as well as members from the Coast Guard were there to demonstrate life saving skills.
Dr. Ralph Holmes, the Aquatics Director for the camp says being a Gulf Coast Community makes this camp a priority. “We are just about surrounded with water, and for us not to be able to teach our kids how to swim is ridiculous. We live around too much water for them not to know how to swim,” said Holmes.
Instructors focused on the A.B.C’s of water safety. Those include adult supervision, barriers, classes, and drains.
More about ZAC Foundation camps:
“ZAC Camps bring life-saving water safety skills to local five to nine-year-olds. More than 15,000 kids all across the country have participated in the camps in recent years, including hundreds in the Mobile area. Combining ‘classroom’ instruction with swimming lessons and opportunities to learn important skills from First Responders, the camp provides children and parents with tools to enjoy the water safely while understanding avoidable risks.”
“Founded in 2008, the ZAC Foundation was established by Karen and Brian Cohn after the loss of their six-year-old son, Zachary Archer Cohn, who became trapped in a drain in their backyard swimming pool.”