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      "Lifesaver of the Year" Award
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We Are The Great Lakes Surf Rescue Project

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We believe that drowning is 100% preventable and we believe that we, as American’s, should prevent drowning 100% with a National Water Safety School Curriculum!

The World Health Organization (WHO) says that drowning is a neglected public health issue and very few seem to listen. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) drowning is one of the leading causes of accidental death!

So why does drowning get very little attention or funding?  What’s missing? A National Water Safety School Curriculum!

REMEMBER: In schools today there are fire drills, tornado drills, active shooter drills, and even earthquake drills, but very little water safety education.

YET more school aged children will likely die drowning each year than in fires, tornadoes, school shootings, and earthquakes combined. Combined!

A Water Safety School Curriculum is the fastest approach to reach the largest audience and make a significant impact in the shortest amount of time

The GLSRP is leading the call for a “Water Safety School Curriculum” and we need your support. To support this cause, please donate to our fundraiser page.

The Great Lakes Surf Rescue Project, Inc. (GLSRP) is about saving lives.  It is a nonprofit 501 C3 corporation that is a Chapter of the National Drowning Prevention Alliance (NDPA).


  1. Tracks the Great Lakes drowning statistics
  2. Teaches “Great Lakes Water Safety” classes (List of classes to date)
  3. Hosts Surf Lifeguard Certification courses, and
  4. Works with family and friends  of Great Lakes drowning victims to advocate water safety.

                               In Memory of Matthew Kocher

If you must know only one thing about water safety, know what drowning looks like.  Know it to spot someone in trouble or for you to recognize that you, yourself, are drowning.

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Once you understand what drowning looks like, know how to survive when you get in water over your head.  Know how to float.  Know that anything that floats may save a life.

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Know the Great Lakes “Dangerous Currents” and know that they work in concert.  Dangerous currents include Longshore Currents, Outlet Currents, Rip Currents, Structural Currents, and not pictured, Offshore Winds & Upwelling.

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