More than 100 kids learn about water safety

BROWN COUNTY, Wis. (WBAY) – This week, almost 150 kids in the Green Bay area are learning all about water safety.

Students from the YMCA and Boys & Girls Club are learning about the safety through the ZAC Foundation.

Organizers say the students were picked who normally wouldn’t be able to get swimming lessons. Mayor Jim Schmidt started the program off Monday morning, talking to the kids about safety before they headed to the pool.

The foundation aims to teach that safety comes first, after a family in the U.S. experienced their own tragedy.

“The most important thing is that they know how to be safe in the water. The Zac foundation was started by a family, the Cohn family, who lost their son in a drowning in their home pool. They wanted to prevent that from ever happening to another family,” said Wendy Grelson, aquatic director for YMCA.

The students in the camp got the chance to talk with first responders, learned the basics of swimming and the favorite, getting into the pool.