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
Water Safety Class Returning to Port Washington
An education for everyone who knows someone that goes to the beach
PORT WASHINGTON, WI – The Great Lakes Surf Rescue Project (GLSRP) will be bringing its “Great Lakes Water Safety” class to Port Washington, Sunday, June 23. The class will begin with a Meet-N-Greet at 9:00 a.m. at the Van Ells-Schanen American Legion Post 82, 435 N. Lake Street.
The event will consist of a Classroom Session, a Beach Session, and an In-Water Session. The Classroom and Beach Session are free and open to the public. There is a $30 fee to participate in the in-water session.
You can RSVP a seat for the class at www.glsrp.org/classes. If you will be participating in the ‘in-water’ session, please RSVP at the link and pay the class fee at the Port Washington City Hall.
People participating in the in-water session will have to wear wetsuits. The water temperature is hovering around 50 degrees. EOS (Expedition Outdoor Supply) of Sheboygan has agreed to provide wetsuits for the session at a cost of $10 to $25 for the class. To reserve suits, people are asked to call EOS at (920) 208-7873.
“This event cannot be missed by families who frequent Port’s beaches, most importantly our youth who swim unsupervised in potentially dangerous situations,” said Port Washington Waterfront Safety Advisory Committee member Beckie Perez. “Our first and foremost initiative is water safety education.”
“The class is tailored to reflect conditions at Port Washington’s beaches, making it an invaluable resource for anyone who steps in the water,” Perez added.
To date in 2013, 14 people have drowned in the Great Lakes and there have been over 50 rescues (Drowning and Rescue Statistics).
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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
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.