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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 Superhero Award Public Voting Extended Through Sunday

April 7, 2016
For more information, contact:
Jamie Racklyeft, jracklye@gmail.com
734.358.8982

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Water Safety Superhero Award Public Voting Extended Through Sunday

Inaugural award to be presented at Great Lakes Conference ceremonies in Cleveland and Grand Haven

 

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — The Great Lakes Water Safety Consortium (GLWSC) will present its first Water Safety Superhero Award at their inaugural Great Lakes Water Safety conferences, set for April 19 in Cleveland, OH and April 22 in Grand Haven, MI.

Nominations have been received from the 200+ Consortium members, representing water safety organizations from the eight Great Lake states and Ontario. Winners will be chosen based on voting from the Consortium and the public, and awarded at conference ceremonies. The one-minute voting ballot will be available at this link through Sunday, April 10:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/GLWSCawards16.

“Similar to the National Drowning Prevention Alliance’s Lifesaver of the Year Award, the Great Lakes Water Safety Consortium’s Superhero Award will recognize people saving others or helping prevent drowning in the big lakes, whether it’s their job or not.” said Jamie Racklyeft executive director of the Great Lakes Water Safety Consortium. “So many people are doing amazing work to keep people safer in the Great Lakes, we want to begin recognizing them with this award.”

Nominees include: Dave Benjamin, from the Great Lakes Surf Rescue Project; Tom Belt, retired fire chief from Marquette, MI; John & Kathy Kocher, who founded the Matthew Kocher Foundation in honor of their son who drowned in a rip current; Brandon Romero, Mason County Sheriff who saved a father and son; Ryan Schiller, deputy sheriff who saved a man from the Pentwater River; Diane Kooi, who rescued a drowning girl in Lake Michigan; and Zebulon Boeskool, a surfer who saved a 13-year-old girl in Grand Haven.

 

Drowning is a Year-Round Reality, and It’s Preventable

According to Great Lakes Surf Rescue Project statistics, there have been 446 drownings in the Great Lakes since 2010, and eight already in 2016.

“It may still be wintry, but people drown year-round, and we want to prepare everyone for the busy summer season with the latest life saving information from our many expert presenters,” said Racklyeft.

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.

NDPA 2012 and 2016 Lifesaver of the Year Bob Pratt will keynote both events (photo attached).

 

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:

  • Know before you go

  • 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

 

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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