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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.

Lifesaver of the Year announced as keynote speaker for Great Lakes water safety conferences

April 5, 2016
For more information, contact:
Jamie Racklyeft, jracklye@gmail.com
734.358.8982

 

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Lifesaver of the Year announced as keynote speaker for Great Lakes water safety conferences

The 2012 and 2016 NDPA Lifesaver of the Year to Open Cleveland and Grand Haven Events

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — The Great Lakes Water Safety Consortium (GLWSC) is proud to announce that water safety advocate Bob Pratt will be the keynote speaker at their inaugural Great Lakes Water Safety conferences, set for April 19 in Cleveland, OH and April 22 in Grand Haven, MI.

Bob Pratt retired from the East Lansing Fire Department in 2012, and since then has been leading the Great Lakes Surf Rescue Project (GLSRP) as co-founder and Executive Director of Education.

Bob began his career as a firefighter/ paramedic and rose to the rank of Fire Marshal  He served as the lead trainer for the department’s water and ice rescue training and  has taught water safety for several police and fire agencies in Michigan.

“We are thrilled to have Bob as the keynote at our first water safety conferences,” said Jamie Racklyeft executive director of the Great Lakes Water Safety Consortium. “He is as passionate about water safety as anyone I have met, and a true champion for our mission of ending drowning in the Great Lakes.”

Pratt has served on the Health and Safety Committee for the mid-Michigan Red Cross for 20 years. He is currently a lifeguard, CPR, and First Aid instructor, and serves as a subject matter expert and media spokesperson.

In his GLSRP education role, Pratt has performed nearly 200 water safety presentations in seven of the eight Great Lakes states since 2011, and will surpass 240 presentations by June, 2016).

 

PRATT’S ACCOMPLISHMENTS INCLUDE:

  • March 29, 2016 – Received 2016 NDPA Community Lifesaver of the Year Award

  • May 6, 2015 – Presented at Great Lakes Beach Hazards & Water Safety Conference in Gaylord, MI

  • April 21, 2015 – Co-hosted and presented at the Great Lakes Beach Hazards & Water Safety Conference in Michigan City, IN

  • March  14, 2013 – Presented at the NDPA Annual Symposium in Ft. Lauderdale, FL

 

According to GLSRP statistics, there have been 447 drownings in the Great Lakes since 2010, and eight already in 2016.

The public is invited to learn about waves and currents from research scientists, first responders, and other lifesaving experts at two Great Lakes water safety conferences this spring, including how to avoid, escape, and safely save others. Hosted by the new Great Lakes Water Safety Consortium, there will be presenters representing the National Weather Service, Sea Grant Institute, research universities, local organizations, and popular vacation communities.

Cleveland 2016 Water Safety Conference:

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

Lake Erie Nature & Science Center

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

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

 

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

 

Conference sessions will include waves & currents 101, interactive ideation, media training, storytelling from survivors and victims’ loved ones, local perspectives, and more. 

Visit GreatLakesWaterSafety.org for more information, for training referrals, 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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