How many people can say they love what they do because it helps people? Rick and Ellen Howard are two of those people! Their passion for creating a safe and fun space for children and their families has been their dream and is now their reality.
Zodiac Swim School first opened its doors to the community in 1978 and Zodiac Camp opened in the summer of 1998. Over the years, Zodiac has grown to become one of the largest private swim schools in Canada.
Zodiac programs have earned the confidence and respect of thousands of families in the community. Countless children and other participants have gained aquatic skills, self-confidence and a love of water through high-quality, low ratio programming. “We are parents of three amazing kids and plan for, care about and treat other people’s children as an extended part of our family,” said Ellen.
Aside from Zodiac’s reputation for providing excellent aquatic learning, the name also represents quality care in summer camp programs. Camps provide an enjoyable, unique and challenging opportunity which appeal to children and their parents. “Camps, swimming and so much more…we love helping children (and adults) develop skills, build self-confidence and make memories to last a lifetime,” said Rick.
Zodiac’s day camp was the first to offer shorter one and two week sessions. While younger campers enjoy a multi-faceted, variety-based program, older campers get to experience Zodiac’s unique specialty program. Campers in the sessions for seven to 12 year olds get to choose to focus on the arts, sports and discovery, while still getting exposure to a wide array of other activities. Zodiac’s renowned leadership program for 13 to 15 year olds provides a terrific training experience and transition to becoming a Zodiac staff member!
Many families also enjoy an amazing experience at Zodiac’s beautiful Muskoka overnight camp, Camp Tamarack. There is a large number of children participating in day and weekend introductory experiences at Tamarack and others becoming full-fledged campers at Tamarack for long or short sessions.
“The confidence and faith that Zodiac families place in us is never taken for granted and appreciated more than it is possible to express,” said Ellen.
Zodiac’s goal is to provide all participants with an exciting experience that will be remembered for a lifetime. The school offers age-appropriate programming that builds each child’s self-esteem and confidence, while enhancing his/her personal growth and development. Zodiac provides a safe and welcoming environment for children to learn and play in. The highly qualified and caring staff view and treat each child as a unique individual with distinct needs, goals and ways of learning.
“We truly love what we do,” they said.
If you are looking to enrol your child in a high quality program that will benefit them for life or to register, contact Zodiac today!
Twitter: @ZodiacSwim, @ZodiacCamp