FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Great Lakes Surf Rescue Project
Dave Benjamin, Executive Director of Public Relations, 708-903-0166
Bob Pratt, Executive Director of Education, 517-643-2553
“Taking the Plunge” Documentary filmmakers
to attend ISLA Surf Lifeguard Course in Holland, MI
GREAT LAKES, USA – The Great Lakes Surf Rescue Project (GLSRP) announces that “Taking the Plunge” documentary filmmaker’s will be attending the ISLA “Surf Lifeguard Certification” course in Holland, Michigan Friday, October, 4 to interview instructors and participants and film the training.
“We’re excited to be on location to film the very first ISLA certification course on United States soil,” said Shawnelle King, filmmaker. “ISLA has made a huge global impact with its drowning prevention efforts and that coincides with the mission of our film. “The earth is mostly made up of water and knowing what to do when you’re around these bodies of water should be second nature, but it isn’t.
Taking the Plung documents King’s fear of water.
“Everyone knows at least one person who is afraid of swimming and it is our goal to encourage that one individual to take one step forward towards conquering their fear of being in and around water. The fear of swimming cripples people everywhere. Not only is this problematic for those with that affliction — it’s a critical life skill.”
There will be a 30 hour ISLA “Surf Lifeguard Certification” course at Camp Geneva in Holland, MI, Friday, October 4, 8:00 a.m. to Sunday, October 6, 6:00 p.m.
“Right now most Great Lakes beaches do not have lifeguards and the beaches that do, do not have open water surf lifeguard certifications,” said Dave Benjamin, GLSRP executive director…
The Great Lakes Surf Rescue Project, Inc. (GLSRP) is about saving lives. It is a nonprofit corporation that is a Chapter of the National Drowning Prevention Alliance (NDPA) that tracks drowning statistics, teaches “Great Lakes Water Safety” classes, and leads the “Third Coast Ocean Force” rip current awareness campaign on the Great Lakes. Become a member of the Great Lakes Surf Rescue Project.
The GLSRP presented at the NDPA’s 12th Annual Symposium, March 14, 2013, in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. It presented at the 2nd International Rip Current Symposium Nov. 1st, 2012 in Sydney, Australia; the 2012 winner of the “Outstanding Service to the Great Lakes Community” award presented by the Dairyland Surf Classic; the 2011 “Lifesaver of the Year” award winner; and presented at the NDPA’s 11th Annual Symposium in San Diego, March 9, 2012.
SAFETY TIPS – What everyone should know before they put their toes on the beach:
- When in doubt, don’t go out!
- Know the 1-10-1 Rule of Hypothermia (especially in fall, winter, and spring)
- Know the Signs of Drowning
- Know the MI Sea Grants “Flip, Float, and Follow” Rip Current Survival Strategy
- GLSRP Water Safety Illustrations
- Know the Great Lakes Dangerous Currents
- Drowning Terms to Discontinue
- GLSRP Drowning Statistics