FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Great Lakes Surf Rescue Project
Dave Benjamin, Executive Director
Bob Pratt, Executive Director of Education, 517-643-2553
Open Water Surf Lifeguard Training
in honor of National Beach Safety Awareness Week
GREAT LAKES, USA – The Great Lakes Surf Rescue Project (GLSRP) will be performing an Open Water Surf Lifeguard In-service training in Whiting, IN Monday, June 8 and in New Buffalo, MI Tuesday, June 9, 2015, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. EDT. The In-services will serve Lake Michigan lifeguards from Whiting, Indiana to to St. Joseph, Michigan
The training is also in honor of the National Weather Service’s “National Beach Safety Awareness Week” and the Council of Great Lakes Governors “Beach Safety Awareness Week”, June 7 – 15, 2015.
Since 2010 the GLSRP has tracked 390 drownings in the Great Lakes. On average, 50% of Great Lakes drownings happen in Lake Michigan, and 50% of Lake Michigan drownings happen in the south end of the lake; i.e. from Chicago, Indiana, and southwest Michigan.
The World Health Organizations stated this year that drowning continues to be a neglected public health issue.
According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), drowning is the leading cause of accidental death for children 1-4, the second leading cause of death for children 1-14 (second only to car accidents), and the fifth leading cause of accidental death for the entire nation.
- Tracks the Great Lakes drowning statistics (389 since 2010)
- Teaches “Great Lakes Water Safety” classes (Over 135 classes since 2011)
- Hosts Surf Lifeguard Certification courses (pics), and
- Works with family and friends of Great Lakes drowning victims to advocate water safety.