Teens often underestimate dangerous situations, especially around natural bodies of water. Our vision is to educate and equip parents and teens with water safety tips in order to protect children once they enter adolescence.
Research shows that this is a result of overestimating swimming skills, underestimating dangerous water situations, and substance use.
Research shows that around 70% of all teen drownings occur in lakes, rivers, or oceans.
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The highest drowning death rate was seen in white male children up to 4 years old, with the second highest rate seen in American Indian and/or Alaskan Native Children up to 4 years old.
Pool Safety 101
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 fund advocacy, education, and effective programming surrounding water safety. Zachary’s memory is the inspiration for the Foundation’s mission and activities.