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
The only open water / rough water course available on the Great Lakes
GREAT LAKES, USA – The Great Lakes Surf Rescue Project (GLSRP) announces that it will be hosting 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.
For more information about the ISLA certificate click here. If you are interested, please register ASAP because class size will be limited. The course will be challenging and certification will be based on ability and is not guaranteed.
“The course is by no means easy,” said Henry Reyes, ISLA President. “Participants will be pushed both physically and mentally in order for them to understand the dangers involved in being a surf lifeguard and to know their own limits.”
“The Great Lakes are a hot zone for drownings in the United States, with over three hundred drownings in the last four years. Our goal is to share our skills so that beach communities can develop professional open water surf rescue programs for their lifeguards and first responders.”
“This is a unique opportunity for world class training,” said Bob Pratt, GLSRP executive director. “Most lifeguards on the Great Lakes are not trained to surf rescue standards.”
“ISLA instructors are recognized throughout the world for their expertise, and course graduates are qualified to work in open water surf conditions on the Great Lakes and the oceans.”
Great Lakes Participation – Class participants that are currently registered in the course are representing Lake Michigan, Lake Superior, and Lake Erie. Participants are traveling from as far away as Duluth, Cleveland, and even Connecticut.
Registration is Open – Limited seats available – To register for the “Surf Lifeguard Certification” course Friday, October 4-6 in Holland, MI, go to www.glsrp.org/classes, review the four payment options, and choose the one that works for you. Any questions, call Dave Benjamin, 708-903-0166.
The International Surf Lifesaving Association (ISLA) is a nonprofit organization working to prevent drowning. Since 2008, ISLA has been fighting against drowning on a global level by providing equipment, supplies, training and volunteers to beaches that have some of the highest drowning rates in the world and it has conducted humanitarian Projects in over 13 countries.
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