The Great Lakes Water Safety Consortium (GLWSC) is the umbrella group for all water safety organizations and advocates committed to ending drowning in the Great Lakes, through collaboration, education, and action.
The mission of the GLWSC is to connect all groups and individuals interested in water safety to maximize our collective knowledge, resources, and actions to END DROWNING IN THE GREAT LAKES.
A registered 501c3 nonprofit organization (Tax ID# 81-2812105), your donation will be tax deductible.
The GLWSC is a "community of BEST practice," bringing together nearly 300 first responders, community leaders, park rangers, scientists, meteorologists, survivors, loved ones, and other water safety advocates, including:
Board of Directors
President & Executive Director - Jamie Racklyeft, Rip Current Survivor
Secretary - Megan Dodson, National Weather Service
Treasurer - Rula Karapatsakis, University of Michigan
Board Member - Bob Dukesherer, National Weather Service
Board Member - Jesse Schomberg, Minnesota Sea Grant
Adam Abajian, City of Evanston, Illinois
Jill Barlotta, Ohio Sea Grant
Dave Benjamin, Great Lakes Surf Rescue Project
Todd Breiby, Wisconsin Coastal Management Program
Gene Clark, Wisconsin Sea Grant
Leslie Dorworth, Illinois/Indiana Sea Grant
Ron Kinnunen, Michigan Sea Grant
Kathy Kocher, Matt's Mom
Nathan MacIntyre, Port Stanley Ontario Beach Patrol
Guy Meadows, Michigan Technological University
Susan Och, Community Leader
Bob Pratt, Great Lakes Surf Rescue Project
Caty Simcek, Travis Brown Family
Matt Warner, Michigan Coastal Zone Management
Our Advisory Team consists of more than 300 people from the eight Great Lakes states and Ontario –
all dedicated to ending drowning in the Great Lakes.
To download a few stock PowerPoint slides, with general info about the Consortium and our universal water safety messages to add to any presentation, click here.
The Great Lakes Water Safety Consortium does not discriminate based on race, ethnicity, color, sex, religion, age, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, or disability.
Special thanks to photographer Mike Dixon for his amazing lifesaving images.