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Classes

GREAT LAKES WATER SAFETY CLASSES

Class Registration

We would love for you to join us at an upcoming class! Please complete the form below to RSVP.

2015 Calendar

APRIL 2015

April 21 – Michigan City, IN – Great Lakes Beach Hazards and Water Safety Conference (Website and Registration pages)

Sat., April 25 – Ashtabula, OH – YMCA Healthy Kids Day, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. – Booth and 2 presentations, 263 W. Prospect, Ashtabula, OH 44004

Sun., April 26, 12:00 p.m., YMCA West Branch, 37100 Euclid Ave., Willoughby, OH

Sun., April 26, 2:30 p.m., YMCA Central Branch, 933 Mentor Ave., Painesville, OH

Sun., April 26, 5:00 p.m., YMCA Outdoor Family Center, 4540 River Rd., Perry, OH

Mon., April 27, 9:00 a.m. Erie Intermediate 4-6th grade, 2306 Wade Avenue, Ashtabula, OH

Mon., April 27, 10:00 a.m. Ontario Primary K-3rd grade, 2302 Wade Avenue, Ashtabula, OH

Mon., April 27, 11:00 a.m. Huron Primary K-3rd grade, 2300 Wade Avenue, Ashtabula, OH

Mon., April 27, 1:00 p.m. Superior Intermediate. 4-6th grade, 2308 Wade Avenue, Ashtabula, OH

Mon., April 27, 2:00 p.m. Michigan Primary k-3rd grade, 2304 Wade Avenue, Ashtabula, OH

MAY 2015

Wed., May 6 – Gaylord, MI – Great Lakes Beach Hazards and Water Safety Conference (Website)

Thur., May 14, 2015 – Erie, PA – Great Lakes Children’s Water Festival at Penn State Behrend, for more than 1,700 fifth-grade students from Pennsylvania, Ohio and New York

Sat., May 16, 2015 – Chesterton, IN – Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore’s Visitor Center, 1:00 p.m. “Swimming Safely – Understanding the Great Lakes Surf Environment”

Thur., May 21 – Traverse City, MI [TO BE CONFIRMED]

Fri., May 22 – Leland, MI – School Presentation

Fri., May 29 – Port Washington, WI – School Presentations

Sat., May 30 – Port Washington, WI – 3rd Annual Water Safety Day

Sun., May 31 – Open for Wisconsin, Illinois, or Indiana

Sat., June 6 – Waukegan, IL – Great Lakes Water Safety Class at Waukegan Yacht Club

Sun., June 7 – Open for Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana or S. Michigan

Tues., June 9 – New Buffalo, MI – Open Water Surf Lifeguard In-service Training, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Sat., June 20 – Grand Haven, MI – Beach Survival Challenge, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

JULY

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

AUG

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

August 19-21 – Indiana Emergency Response Conference

Discussing dates and locations for:
Evanston, IL
North Avenue Beach, Chicago, IL Chicago Park District
Montrose Beach, Chicago, IL Chicago Park District
Rainbow Beach, Chicago, IL Chicago Park District
Chicago Junior Lifeguards
Whiting, IN
Michigan City, IN
Erie, PA
Andover, OH
Madison, OH
Astabula, OH
Cleveland, OH
Duluth, MN

And so many more…

“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” classes to educate the public about the hazards of the surf environment. Since then it has taught over 60 classes in 6 of the 8 Great Lakes states with the philosophy “Water-Safety first! Surf-Rescue only as a last resort.”

The Great Lakes Surf Rescue Project offers public and private “Great Lakes Water Safety ” classes.  To schedule a “Great Lakes Water Safety” class 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 ” classes 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.

The class will teach participants how to:

  • Recognize the danger of the surf environment keeping personal safety as THE primary responsibility
  • Recognize the “Signs of Drowning” – How to identify a person in trouble from within a crowd.
  • Understand rip currents; i.e. how, where, and why rip currents occur
  • Use the “Flip, Float, and Follow” rip current survival strategy
  • Use a flotation device such as a throw ring, throw rope, rescue tube, surfboard or other objects that float to rescue a person in distress or in a rip current
  • React when encountering swimmers who have suffered an injury or unconscious
  • 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

 PAST GLSRP CLASSES & PRESENTATIONS

2015

  1. March 11, 12, 13 – Dallas, TX – NDPA Educational Conference
  2. March 27 – Milwaukee, WI – An evening at Clearwater Outdoor with GLSRP, Olakai and Archie Kalepa
  3. April 13 – Oak Lawn, IL – Harold L. Richards High School, 8:00 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.
  4. April 13 – Tinley Park, IL – VFW Hall – Evening – Boys & Girls Scouts, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  5. April 14 – Blue Island, IL – D. D. Eisenhower High School,  8:00 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.
  6. April 15 – Palos Heights, IL  – Alan B. Shepard High School,  8:00 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.

2014

  1. Wed., May 7, Water Safety Presentation, Tinley Park, IL – Victor Andrew High School – (7) 35 Minute Presentations
  2. Thur., 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. Fri., May 30, 9:00 a.m., Port Washington, WI; (2) Presentations at Thomas Jefferson Middle School
  4. Sat., May 31, 10:00 a.m., Port Washington, WI; Presentations at Second Annual Water Safety Day
  5. Sun., June 1, 8:30 a.m., Waukegan, IL; Great Lakes Water Safety Class at Waukegan Yacht Club; Facebook Event Page for June 1.
  6. Thur., June 5, 10:30 a.m., Deerfield, IL; Private Great Lakes Water Safety Presentation
  7. Thur., June 5, 2:30 p.m., Frankfort, IL; Private Great Lakes Water safety Presentation
  8. Sat., June 7, 9:00 a.m., Chicago, IL; Montrose Beach Great Lakes Water Safety Presentation; Facebook Event Page for June 7
  9. Sun., June 8, 9:00 a.m., Chicago, IL; Rainbow Beach Great Lakes Water Safety Presentation; Facebook Event Page for June 8
  10. Mon., June 9, 9:00 a.m., Traverse City, MI; Old Mission Peninsula School Great Lakes Water Safety Presentation
  11. Thur., June 12, 6:00 p.m., Mentor, OH; Great Lakes Water Safety Class; Facebook Event Page for June 12
  12. Fri., June 13, 6:00 p.m., Saybrook, OH; Great Lakes Water Safety Class; Facebook Event Page for June 13
  13. Sat., June 14, 9:30 a.m., Madison, OH; Great Lakes Water Safety Class; Facebook Event Page for June 14
  14. Tues., June 17, 8:00 a.m., New Buffalo, MI; Open Water Surf Lifeguard Training; Facebook Event Page for June 17
  15. Sun., June 22, Muskegon, MI; Great Lakes Water Safety Class; Facebook Event Page for June 22
  16. Mon., June 30, 9 a.m. Ogden Dunes, IN; Great Lakes Water Safety Class; Facebook Event Page for June 30
  17. Sun., July 6, 9:00 a.m., Lakeside, MI; Private Great Lakes Water Safety Class
  18.  Mon., July 7, Countryside, IL; (2) presentations Flying High Gymnastics
  19. Mon., July 21, Leland, MI; Leland Fire Department – First Responders Water Rescue Training
  20. Fri., Sept 5, Madison, OH; (2) presentations Madison High School
  21. Fri., Sept 5, Madison, OH; Madison Junior High School
  22. Sat., Sept 6, Columbus, OH; Nonprofit booth at the inaugural “Because I said I would” conference

2013

  1. Oct. 4-6, 2013 – Holland, MI – ISLA 30-hour Open Water Surf Lifeguard Course
  2. Aug 12, 2013 – Coloma, MI
  3. Aug 9, 2013 – Lakeside, MI
  4. Aug 3, 2013 – South Haven, MI
  5. Aug 2, 2013 – Leland, MI
  6. July 7, 2013 – Bridgman, MI
  7. July 6, 2013 – Sawyer, MI
  8. June 23, 2013 – Port Washington, WI
  9. June 21, 2013 – Portage, IN (Water Safety expo with fire department, dive team, DNR, and Coast Guard)
  10. June 1, 2013 – Gary, IN
  11. May 30, 2013 – New Buffalo, MI (Junior High & High School)
  12. April 17, 2013 – Port Washington, WI (High School)
  13. April 17, 2013 – Port Washington, WI (Junior High)

2012

  1. Sept. 2, 2012 – Sheboygan, WI
  2. Aug 19, 2012 – New Buffalo, MI
  3. Aug. 13, 2012 – Coloma, MI
  4. Aug. 5, 2012 – Grand Haven, MI
  5. Aug. 4, 2012 – South Haven, MI
  6. July 29, 2012 – Washburn, WI
  7. July 21, 2012 – Duluth, MN
  8. July 11, 2012 – Coloma, MI Firefighters Association
  9. June 24, 2012 – Ogden Dunes, IN (Fire Department)
  10. June 23, 2012 – Frankfort, MI
  11. June 3, 2012 – St. Joseph, MI

2011

  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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