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Classes

GREAT LAKES WATER SAFETY CLASSES

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2015 Calendar

MAY 2015

May 22 – Leland, MI (x4) presentations
8:30 a.m. Grades K-2
9:30 a.m. Grades 3-6
1:00 p.m. Grades 7-12
6:00 p.m. Public presentation

Sat., May 30 – Open
Sun., May 31 – Open

JUNE

Thur., June 4, 10:00 a.m. – Grand Haven, MI – Mary A. White Elementary School, 1400 Wisconsin Ave., Grand Haven, MI 49417

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

Sun., June 7, 10:00 a.m. – Evanston, IL – Great Lakes Water Safety Class

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

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

130 GLSRP PRESENTATIONS TO DATE

2015 = 68 to date

  1. March 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 (x8) – Harold L. Richards High School, 8:00 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.
  4. April 13 – Tinley Park, IL – VFW Hall Boys & Girls Scouts, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  5. April 14 – Blue Island, IL (x8) – D. D. Eisenhower High School, 8:00 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.
  6. April 15 – Palos Heights, IL (x8)  – Alan B. Shepard High School, 8:00 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.
  7. April 21 – Michigan City, IN – Great Lakes Beach Hazards and Water Safety Conference (Website and Registration pages)
  8. April 25 – Ashtabula, OH (x2) presentations – YMCA Healthy Kids Day Booth and 2 presentations,
  9. April 26 – YMCA West Branch, 37100 Euclid Ave., Willoughby, OH
  10. April 26 – YMCA Central Branch, 933 Mentor Ave., Painesville, OH
  11. April 26 – YMCA Outdoor Family Center, 4540 River Rd., Perry, OH
  12. April 27 – Erie Intermediate 4-6th grade, 2306 Wade Avenue, Ashtabula, OH
  13. April 27 – Ontario Primary K-3rd grade, 2302 Wade Avenue, Ashtabula, OH
  14. April 27 – Huron Primary K-3rd grade, 2300 Wade Avenue, Ashtabula, OH
  15. April 27 – Superior Intermediate. 4-6th grade, 2308 Wade Avenue, Ashtabula, OH
  16. April 27 – Michigan Primary k-3rd grade, 2304 Wade Avenue, Ashtabula, OH
  17. May 6 – Gaylord, MI – Great Lakes Beach Hazards and Water Safety Conference (Website)
  18. 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
  19. May 12 – Burbank, IL –  7:55 a.m. (x7) Reavis High School, 6034 W 77th St, Burbank, IL 6045
  20. May 13 – Jefferson, OH – (x2) 1:15 p.m. and 2:15 p.m. Grades K-2 and 3-6 at Jefferson Elementar
  21. 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
  22. 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
  23. May 15 – St. Johns, MI – (x2)  East Olive Elementary, 11:15 a.m.; Eureka Elementary School, 1:45 p.m.
  24. 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.
  25. May 19 – Lansing, IL – (x7) TF South High School, 18500 Burnham Ave, Lansing, IL 60438

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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