GreatLakesWaterSafety

Making Waves & Working Together to End Drowning in the Great Lakes

The Great Lakes Water Safety Consortium (GLWSC) is a “community of BEST practice" bringing together first responders, community leaders, park rangers, research scientists, lifeguards, meteorologists, survivors, loved ones, and other water safety advocates.

Our mission 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.

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

 

LEADERSHIP COUNCIL

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.