The ZAC Foundation worked closely with educators to create a classroom curriculum devoted to teaching the ABC and Ds of water safety and authored The Polar Bear Who Couldn’t, Wouldn’t Swim a colorful water safety children’s book authored by the Foundation’s co-founders Karen and Brian Cohn.
Campers spend their classroom time learning valuable reading and writing skills, while advancing their knowledge of water safety. The Foundation also encourages discussion after camp at home by sending each child home with “homework.” Assignments are intended to initiate dialogue amongst parents and siblings that are not attending our camp and to share critical safety tips.
Each ZAC Camper learns from and receives a hardcover copy of The Polar Bear Who Couldn’t, Wouldn’t Swim to take home following their time at the ZAC.
Children enjoy water safety classes in the pool with qualified swimming instructors and lifeguards. Students learn basic swimming and self-rescue skills, as well as how to receive assistance in a water emergency. Qualified instructors, including our U.S. Olympic swimmers, Rowdy Gaines and Janet Evans, bring tested and proven swimming expertise to the pool where children enjoy learning “in-the-water” safety. These valuable lessons establish lifelong water safety habits.
During each ZAC Camp, children have the opportunity to learn how to be safe in a potential water emergency from those who know best – their local First Responders. At the Camp’s “Touch-A-Truck” station, local firemen, police officers, and EMS personnel, as well as American Red Cross representatives, teach valuable lessons and initiates trust between the children and the First Responders and understand the main focus of these brave men and women is to protect the lives of those in their community.