The ZAC Foundation


Karen and Brian Cohn co-founded The ZAC Foundation in 2008 in honor of their 6-year-old son; Zachary Archer Cohn who passed away after his arm became entrapped in a pool drain in July 2007.

The ZAC Foundation was established to prepare children and families for a lifetime of water safety. The organization works to strengthen pool safety legislation and funds advocacy, education and effective programming surrounding water safety. Zachary’s memory is the inspiration for the Foundation’s mission and activities.


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Must read tips for being safe around drains.


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Water Safety Downloads


Family Safety Tips


ABC & Ds of Water Safety


Pool Safety Checklist


Teacher’s Corner

Know the Facts

3 Children

die each day as as result of drowning.

202 Children

between the ages of 1 and 14 in the US, drowned in a swimming pool or spa in 2013.

#1 Cause

of death for children aged 1 to 4 and the 2nd leading cause of death for children aged 5 to 14.


of African American children cannot swim. Children who cannot swim are more likely to drown.

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  • Son’s Drowning Inspires Book Teaching Water Safety

Fox News: The ZAC Foundation co-founder, Karen Cohn, spoke with Fox News Anchor Shannon Bream about the Foundation’s new water safety book and tips on how to keep families safe in any body of water.

  • The Family That Couldn’t, Wouldn’t Ignore Water Safety

Greenwich Post:   Sometimes triumph rises from tragedy, as is the case for town couple Karen and Brian Cohn, the founders of the ZAC Foundation, who recently released their first water safety book The Polar Bear Who Couldn’t, Wouldn’t Swim.   The couple lost their six-year-old son, Zac, after he became entrapped by a powerful […]

  • One Family’s Quest to Make Sure Kids Swim Safe

WGN-TV: Too many children drown each year, because they don’t know how to swim. The Boys & Girls Clubs swim camp on Chicago’s west side is one of ten across the country this year and is inspired by one family`s water tragedy. 6-year-old Zachary Cohn of Connecticut drowned in 2007 after getting caught in a […]