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GREAT LAKES WATER SAFETY CLASSES

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2016 Calendar and Events

MAY 2016

May 24 – Holland Michigan State Park – MI DNR Training 

JUNE 2016
June 1 – Tinley Park, IL – Morning – Christa McAuliffe School, K-5, 493 students – (2) School Presentations – 8944 174th Street, Tinley Park, IL 60487 

June 1 – Tinley Park, IL – Afternoon – John A Bannes Elementary School, (2) School Presentations (12:15 p.m. & 1:15 p.m.), K-5, 454 students –  – 16835 Odell Ave, Tinley Park, IL 60477  

June 5 to 11, 2016 – National Beach Hazards Awareness Week and The Council of Great Lakes Governors “Beach Safety Awareness Week”  

June 6 – Whiting, IN – Open Water Surf Lifeguard In-service Training, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

June 6 – Whiting, IN – Great Lakes Water Safety and Rescue Training for First Responders, 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

June 7 – New Buffalo, MI – Open Water Surf Lifeguard In-service Training, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 

June 8 – Michigan City, IN – Open Water Surf Lifeguard In-service Training, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 

June 8 – Michigan City, IN – Great Lakes Water Safety and Rescue Training for First Responders, 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

June 17 – Wilmette, IL – Wilmette Park District Campers

June 18 – Grand Haven, MI – 13th Annual Beach Survival Challenge www.beachsurvivalchallenge.org 

June 24 – World’s Largest Swim Lesson (WLSL) – waterparks, pools and other aquatic facilities around the globe host local WLSL lessons at 10 a.m. in an attempt to break the Guinness World Record.

June 25th to 26th – Not available

“Great Lakes Water Safety ” classes

In response to the Great Lakes drowning epidemic, in June 2011, the Great Lakes Surf Rescue Project (GLSRP) began teaching “Great Lakes Water Safety” presentations to educate the public about the hazards of the surf environment. Since then it has taught over 270 classes in 7 of the 8 Great Lakes states.

The Great Lakes Surf Rescue Project offers public and private “Great Lakes Water Safety ” presentations.  To schedule a “Great Lakes Water Safety” presentation in your community, please contact Dave Benjamin, Executive Director, at 708-903-0166, dave.benjamin@glsrp.org.

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Duluth, MN

The “Great Lakes Water Safety ” presentations are for the average beach goers, surfers, lifeguards, police officers, fire fighters, paramedics, water rescue team members, dive team members, and the U.S. Coast Guard.

Topics include:

  • “Drowning – The neglected public health issue,” the World Health Organization
  • The “Signs of Drowning” – the Hollywood version vs. the actual version
  • The drowning survival strategy, “Flip, Float, and Follow”
  • Winds = Waves = Dangerous Currents; i.e. how, where, and why the currents occur
  • Basic rescue – using a flotation device such as a throw ring, throw rope, or other objects that float to rescue a person in distress or in a rip current
  • Enroll in lifesaving, first aid and CPR training from accredited agencies

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South Haven, MI

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New Buffalo, MI

276+ GLSRP PRESENTATIONS SINCE JUNE 2011

2016 = 125 Presentations to date

  1. February 8 – Lincolnshire, IL – (5) Great Lakes Water Safety Presentations at Adlai E. Stevenson High School, 1 Stevenson Dr, Lincolnshire, IL 60069
  2. February 23 – Richards High School, (8) 45 minute presentations for all freshman, 10601 Central Ave, Oak Lawn, IL 60453
  3. February 24 – St. Laurence High School (1) morning presentation for 500 students, 5556 W 77th St, Burbank, IL 60459
  4. February 25 – Eisenhower High School, (8) 45 minute presentations for all freshman, 2700 Sacramento Ave, Blue Island, IL 60406
  5. February 26 – Shepard High School, (8) 45 minute presentations for all freshman, 13049 S Ridgeland Ave, Palos Heights, IL 60463
  6. March 21 – Carmel, IN – (4) High School Presentations
  7. March 22 – Carmel, IN – (4) High School Presentations
  8. March 29 to April 1, 2016 – Mesa, AZ – National Drowning Prevention Alliance’s Annual Conference (NDPA).  The GLSRP presented “The Vicious Cycle of the Drowning Epidemic – The need for a National Water Safety School Curriculum” 
  9. April 11 – Palos Hills, IL – (8) Stagg High School, 8015 W 111th St, Palos Hills, IL 60465, (708) 974-7400 ext. 7262
  10. April 12 – Chicago, IL – (5) Mt. Carmel High School, 6410 S Dante Ave, Chicago, IL 60637, (773) 324-1020
  11. April 13 – Chicago, IL – (5) Brother Rice High School, 10001 S Pulaski Rd, Chicago, IL 60655, (773) 429-4300
  12. April 19 – Cleveland, OH – (2) Great Lakes Water Safety Consortium Conference, Lake Erie Nature & Science Center, 28728 Wolf Road, Bay Village, OH 44140 
  13. April 21 – Chicago, IL – (8) Mother McAuley, 3737 W. 99th St., Chicago, IL 60655
  14. April 22 – Grand Haven, MI – (2) Great Lakes Water Safety Consortium Conference, Grand Haven Community Center, 421 Columbus Avenue Grand Haven, MI
  15. April 25 – Orland Park, IL – (8) Carl Sandburg High School, 13300 South La Grange Road, Orland Park, IL 60462, (708) 671-3100
  16. May 2Midlothian, IL – (8) Bremen High School, 15233 S. Pulaski Rd., Midlothian, IL 60445, 708-389-1175
  17. May 3 – Oak Forest, IL – (8) Oak Forest High School 15201 S Central Ave, Oak Forest, IL 60452
  18. May 3 – Tinley Park, IL – 7:00 p.m. – (1) Boy Scouts Presentation at Faith United Presbyterian Church, 6200 W. 167th St., Tinley Park, IL
  19. May 4 – Tinley Park, IL – (8) Tinley Park High School 6111 175th St, Tinley Park, IL 60477
  20. May 5 – Country Club Hills, IL – (8) Hillcrest High School 17401 South Pulaski Road, Country Club Hills, IL 60478
  21. May 6 – Oak Lawn, IL – (9) Hometown Middle School 5345 W 99th St, Oak Lawn, IL 60453
  22. May 15 – International Water Safety Day 
  23. May 16 – Orland Hills, IL – (2) Cardinal Joseph Bernardin Catholic School, Grades K-8, 9250 W 167th St, Orland Hills, IL 60487, (708) 403-6525
  24. May 17 – Manhattan, IL – (2) St. Joseph Catholic School,  Grades K-8, 275 W North St, Manhattan, IL 60442, (815) 478-3951
  25. May 17 – Broadview, IL – (1) Atlantis SCUBA Club, 7 p.m. Dinner and 8 p.m. Presentation at Sawa’s Old Warsaw Restaurant, 9200 W. Cermak Rd., Broadview, IL. Sarah Arends-Repka, 708-813-0689
  26. May 19 – Ludington, MI – Ludington Michigan State Park – MI DNR Training

2015 = 89

  1. Feb. 11 – Presented at Michigan Recreation and Parks Assoc. Annual Conference
  2. March 13 – Dallas, TX – NDPA Educational Conference
  3. March 17 – Presented to Lansing Safety Council Advisory Council
  4. March 27 – Milwaukee, WI – An evening at Clearwater Outdoor with GLSRP, Olakai and Archie Kalepa
  5. April 13 – Oak Lawn, IL (x8) – Harold L. Richards High School, 8:00 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.
  6. April 13 – Tinley Park, IL – VFW Hall Boys & Girls Scouts, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  7. April 14 – Blue Island, IL (x8) – D. D. Eisenhower High School, 8:00 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.
  8. April 15 – Palos Heights, IL (x8)  – Alan B. Shepard High School, 8:00 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.
  9. April 16 – Waukegan, IL – Andrew Cooke Magnet School, 488 students 8:30 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. – Kindergarten through 2nd Grade 9:30 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. – 3rd through 5th Grade
  10. April 16 – Waukegan, IL – Greenwood Elementary School, 320 students, 1:30 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. – Kindergarten through 2nd Grade, 2:30 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. – 3rd through 5th Grade
  11. April 21 – Michigan City, IN – Great Lakes Beach Hazards and Water Safety Conference (Website and Registration pages)
  12. April 25 – Ashtabula, OH (x2) presentations – YMCA Healthy Kids Day Booth and 2 presentations,
  13. April 26 – YMCA West Branch, 37100 Euclid Ave., Willoughby, OH
  14. April 26 – YMCA Central Branch, 933 Mentor Ave., Painesville, OH
  15. April 26 – YMCA Outdoor Family Center, 4540 River Rd., Perry, OH
  16. April 27 – Erie Intermediate 4-6th grade, 2306 Wade Avenue, Ashtabula, OH
  17. April 27 – Ontario Primary K-3rd grade, 2302 Wade Avenue, Ashtabula, OH
  18. April 27 – Huron Primary K-3rd grade, 2300 Wade Avenue, Ashtabula, OH
  19. April 27 – Superior Intermediate. 4-6th grade, 2308 Wade Avenue, Ashtabula, OH
  20. April 27 – Michigan Primary k-3rd grade, 2304 Wade Avenue, Ashtabula, OH
  21. May 6 – Gaylord, MI – Great Lakes Beach Hazards and Water Safety Conference (Website)
  22. May 11 – Port Washington, WI – (x4) School Presentations – 9:00 a.m.  Saukville Elementary; 10:15 a.m.  Dunwiddie Elementary; 12:45 p.m. Lincoln Elementary; 2:15 p.m. St. Mary’s Parochial Elementary
  23. May 12 – Burbank, IL –  7:55 a.m. (x7) Reavis High School, 6034 W 77th St, Burbank, IL 6045
  24. May 13 – Jefferson, OH – (x2) 1:15 p.m. and 2:15 p.m. Grades K-2 and 3-6 at Jefferson Elementary
  25. May 13 – Jefferson, OH 6:30 p.m. Ashtabula County Water Rescue Team and First Responders at the Rome Fire Department, 3162 US-6, Rome, OH, (440) 563-3990
  26. May 14 – Erie, PA – (x5) Great Lakes Children’s Water Festival at Penn State Behrend, for more than 1,700 fifth-grade students from Pennsylvania, Ohio and New York
  27. May 15 – St. Johns, MI – (x2) East Olive Elementary, 11:15 a.m.; Eureka Elementary School, 1:45 p.m.
  28. May 16– Porter, IN – at the Indiana Dunes Visitor Center’s auditorium, 1215 North State Road 49, Porter, IN. “Swimming Safely – Understanding the Great Lakes Surf Environment”.  The presentation is recommended for everyone who swims in Lake Michigan.
  29. May 19 – Lansing, IL – (x7) TF South High School, 18500 Burnham Ave, Lansing, IL 60438
  30. May 22 – Leland, MI (x4) presentations, K-12 & Public
  31. June 4, 10:00 a.m. – Grand Haven, MI – Mary A. White Elementary School, 1400 Wisconsin Ave., Grand Haven, MI 49417
  32.  June 6 – Waukegan, IL – Great Lakes Water Safety Class at Waukegan Yacht Club
  33.  June 7 – Evanston, IL – Great Lakes Water Safety Class
  34. June 8 – Whiting, IN – Open Water Surf Lifeguard In-service Training, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  35. June 9 – New Buffalo, MI – Open Water Surf Lifeguard In-service Training, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  36. June 12 – In-service training for Mason Pools
  37. July 15, 6:00 p.m. – Duluth, MN – Park Point Beach House, 5000 Minnesota Ave., Duluth, MN. (Facebook Event Page)
  38. July 16, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., Duluth, MN – Park Point Beach House Water Safety Expo with the MN Sea Grant, YMCA,
  39. July 17 – SUP Safety Clinic at SUP Classic, Crystal Lake
  40. July 22, 11:00 a.m. – Orland Park, ILOrland Park Recreation Department. Presentation for the Adventures and Voyagers Day Camps.
  41. July 23, 11:00 a.m. – Orland Park, IL Orland Park Recreation Department. Presentation for the Adventures and Voyagers Day Camps.
  42. Dec. 1 – Lincolnshire, IL – (2) Great Lakes Water Safety Presentations at Adlai E. Stevenson High School

2014 = 31

  1. May 7, Water Safety Presentation, Tinley Park, IL – Victor Andrew High School – (7) 35 Minute Presentations
  2. May 29, 10:00 a.m., Chicago, IL; Press Conference at Shedd Aquarium;  Invitees include members of the Shedd Aquarium, Chicago Park District, Illinois Department of Natural Resources, the National Weather Service, the Great Lakes Commission, local politicians, family & friends of drowning victims, Chicagoland Medias, and more…
  3. May 30, 9:00 a.m., Port Washington, WI; (2) Presentations at Thomas Jefferson Middle School
  4. May 31, 10:00 a.m., Port Washington, WI; Presentations at Second Annual Water Safety Day
  5. June 1, 8:30 a.m., Waukegan, ILGreat Lakes Water Safety Class at Waukegan Yacht Club;
  6. June 5, 10:30 a.m., Deerfield, IL; Private Great Lakes Water Safety Presentation
  7. June 5, 2:30 p.m., Frankfort, IL; Private Great Lakes Water safety Presentation
  8. June 7, 9:00 a.m., Chicago, IL; Montrose Beach Great Lakes Water Safety Presentation;
  9. June 8, 9:00 a.m., Chicago, IL; Rainbow Beach Great Lakes Water Safety Presentation; Facebook Event Page for June 8
  10. June 9, 9:00 a.m., Traverse City, MI; Old Mission Peninsula School Great Lakes Water Safety Presentation
  11. June 12, 6:00 p.m., Mentor, OH; Great Lakes Water Safety Class; Facebook Event Page for June 12
  12. June 13, 6:00 p.m., Saybrook, OH; Great Lakes Water Safety Class; Facebook Event Page for June 13
  13. June 14, 9:30 a.m., Madison, OH; Great Lakes Water Safety Class; Facebook Event Page for June 14
  14. June 17, 8:00 a.m., New Buffalo, MI; Open Water Surf Lifeguard Training; Facebook Event Page for June 17
  15. June 22, Muskegon, MI; Great Lakes Water Safety Class; Facebook Event Page for June 22
  16. June 30, 9 a.m. Ogden Dunes, IN; Great Lakes Water Safety Class; Facebook Event Page for June 30
  17. July 6, 9:00 a.m., Lakeside, MI; Private Great Lakes Water Safety Class
  18.  July 7, Countryside, IL(2) presentations Flying High Gymnastics
  19. July 21, Leland, MI; Leland Fire Department – First Responders Water Rescue Training
  20. Sept 5, Madison, OH; (3) presentations Madison High School
  21. Sept 5, Madison, OH; Madison Junior High School
  22. Sept 6, Columbus, OH; Nonprofit booth at the inaugural “Because I said I would” conference

2013 = 13

  1. April 17 – Port Washington, WI (Junior High)
  2. April 17  – Port Washington, WI (High School)
  3. May 30 – New Buffalo, MI (Junior High & High School)
  4. June 1  – Gary, IN
  5. June 21  – Portage, IN (Water Safety Expo – Parks & Rec, fire department, dive team, DNR, USCG)
  6. June 23  – Port Washington, WI
  7. July 6  – Sawyer, MI
  8. July 7  – Bridgman, MI
  9. Aug 2  – Leland, MI
  10. Aug 9  – Lakeside, MI
  11. Aug 12  – Coloma, MI
  12. Aug 3  – South Haven, MI
  13. Oct. 4-6 – Holland, MI – ISLA 30-hour Open Water Surf Lifeguard Course

2012 = 13

  1. March 9 – San Diego, CA  – NDPA Conference
  2. June 3 – St. Joseph, MI
  3. June 23 – Frankfort, MI
  4. June 24 – Ogden Dunes, IN (Fire Department)
  5. July 11 – Coloma, MI Firefighters Association
  6. July 21 – Duluth, MN
  7. July 29 – Washburn, WI
  8. Aug. 4 – South Haven, MI
  9. Aug. 5 – Grand Haven, MI
  10. Aug. 13 – Coloma, MI
  11. Aug 19 – New Buffalo, MI
  12. Sept. 2 – Sheboygan, WI
  13. Nov. 1 – Sydney, Australia – International Rip Current Symposium

2011 = 5

  1. Sept. 17, 2011 – Whiting, IN
  2. Aug. 28, 2011 – New Buffalo, MI
  3. Aug. 7, 2011 – Grand Haven, MI
  4. July 17, 2011 – Frankfort, MI
  5. June 5, 2011 St. Joseph, MI


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