ALBANY, GA (WALB) - More than 100 kids in Dougherty County are learning how to swim this week.
The Boys and Girls Club of Albany partnered with the Zac Foundation to kick off its Water Safety Camp on Monday.
Several city and county organizations came together to put on the week long camp. It will focus on teaching kids lifesaving water safety skills.
The camp is part of Albany's Swim For Life initiative which was started last June.
Coroner Michael Fowler said since then, there's been one drowning in Dougherty County. He said the goal is to prevent future drownings.
"If we can save one life, that's very important to us. That's why, every year, we want to initiate and keep pushing, every kid, go learn to swim. Every parent lets push our kids to learn to swim," said Fowler.
"We think that there is strength in numbers. And so when we have all these entities coming together and support our young people, it's a win win for everybody," said Marvin Laster, CEO of the Boys and Girls Club of Albany.
The Zac Foundation was founded in 2008 by the parents of Zachary Cohn, who drowned when he became stuck in a swimming pool drain.
Anyone who is interested in participating in this week's camp can call the Boys and Girls Club office at 439-0196.
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