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
GLSRP to present its education to Gary Youth Police Academy
GREAT LAKES, USA – The Great Lakes Surf Rescue Project (GLSRP) announces it will be leading its “Great Lakes Water Safety” class to participants of the Youth Citizens’ Police Academy at Indiana University, 3400 Broadway, Moraine Center, Gary, IN, Tuesday, July 23, 1 p.m.
“The Great Lakes Surf Rescue Project’s personal drowning experiences, lifesaving presentation, and its personal rescue knowledge will give our youth an inside look at the possible beach hazards along our Lake Michigan shores,” said Patricia Nowak, Chief Indiana University Northwest Police Department.
“One of the things that resonated with me from the June 1 public class in Gary is how young boys in this age group are far more likely to take chances when they do not have the ability to do so.”
This Youth Police Academy is designed to increase understanding of law enforcement through education and interaction with members of the IU Northwest Police Department, and gives them the opportunity to learn first-hand, in an educational setting, how the police department addresses issues facing youth today.
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