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.

Water safety conferences aim to end drowning in the Great Lakes

March 23, 2016
For more information, contact:
Jamie Racklyeft, jracklye@gmail.com

734.358.8982

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Water safety conferences aim to end drowning in the Great Lakes

New Great Lakes Water Safety Consortium uniting groups in the region

 

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — The Great Lakes Water Safety Consortium (GLWSC) announced two Great Lakes water safety conferences this spring. There will be presenters representing the National Weather Service, Sea Grant Institute, Great Lakes Surf Rescue Project, research universities, and local communities.

Cleveland 2016 Water Safety Conference:

April 19, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Lake Erie Nature & Science Center

28728 Wolf Road, Bay Village, OH

Register: https://glwsccleveland16.splashthat.com/

 

Grand Haven 2016 Water Safety Conference:

April 22, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Grand Haven Community Center

421 Columbus Avenue, Grand Haven, MI

Register: https://glwscgrandhaven16.splashthat.com/

 

Since 2010 there have been 445 drownings in the Great Lakes (GLSRP statistics).

 

“Virtually all of them were preventable,” says Jamie Racklyeft, executive director of the GLWSC and rip current survivor. “Often when we hear of someone drowning in the Great Lakes, we wonder what else could be done to make sure it doesn’t happen again. Knowing how to swim is important, but there’s so much more to water safety.”

 

“We’re bringing together a roster of experts - first responders, research scientists, meteorologists, lifeguards, and other water safety advocates,” Racklyeft added. “If you want to keep people safer in the water this year, the experts at these informative and interactive events will let you know how.”

 

Dozens of groups have been working on their own over the years toward a common goal of preventing drowning, and are now working together to accelerate progress as members of this new Consortium - a “community of BEST practice.”

 

Who Should Attend?

Everyone is welcome to attend and learn about ways to end drowning. Parents, community leaders, teachers, police, firefighters, EMTs, park rangers, the media – anyone who wants to learn to avoid, escape, and safely save others from waves and dangerous currents, and help spread water safety messages, including:

  • Stay dry when waves are high

  • When in doubt, don’t go out

  • Steer clear of the pier

  • Flip, float & follow

  • Drowning doesn’t look like drowning

 

The conferences will include waves & currents 101, keynote from a renowned water safety champion, interactive ideation sessions, media training, storytelling from survivors and victims’ loved ones, local perspectives, and more.

 

Visit GreatLakesWaterSafety.org for more information, training referrals, signage & rescue equipment recommendations, or to join the Consortium for free.

 

 

ABOUT THE GLWSC
The mission of the Great Lakes Water Safety Consortium 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.

 

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