FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Great Lakes Surf Rescue Project
Bob Pratt, Executive Director of Education, 517-643-2553
Joe Matulis, Teacher, 989-600-2864
Water Safety School Presentations in Michigan
Day 5 of “6 States in 6 Days” Tour
GREAT LAKES, USA – The Great Lakes Surf Rescue Project (GLSRP) will be spending Day 5 of its “Six States in Six Days” of its Great Lakes Water Safety Presentations at schools in St. Johns, MI.
The GLSRP had launched its campaign Monday in Wisconsin, and then Illinois, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Indiana to support the importance of a water safety school curriculum.
“Educating children about water safety is vitally important,” said Bob Pratt, former East Lansing Fire Marshal. “I’ve seen how effective fire safety education is. We have drills in schools for fire, tornadoes and school shooters but the fact is; drowning will kill more children than fires, tornadoes, school shooters and even lightening, combined… COMBINED! It’s time we started teaching water safety in all of our schools.”
“Flip, Float and Follow is the lifesaving equivalent of stop drop and roll for the aquatic environment. The ability to float allows a distressed swimmer to control the panic and conserve their energy as they determine the most effective path back to safety.”
“Sometimes swimming is only thought of as a sport not as a necessary a survival skill,” said Joe Matulis Elementary P.E. Teacher St. Johns Public Schools. “Swimming and water safety skills are critical to ensuring all students have a safe and enjoyable summer in Michigan.”
The School Presentations will be at:
11:15 a.m. at East Olive Elementary School St. Johns 2583 Green Rd, St Johns, MI 48879
1:45 p.m. at Eureka Elementary School 7550 N Welling Rd, St Johns, MI 48879
- 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.
Mission: To eradicate drownings by being the leader of Great Lakes water safety by providing training, public preparedness, and public awareness.
Vision: Everyone in the Great Lakes region, nationwide and worldwide, is knowledgeable, engaged and proactive in water safety with an emphasis on the Great Lakes region.
The GLSRP has performed over 60 Great Lakes Water Safety classes in 6 of the 8 Great Lakes states; Presented at the NDPA’s 12th Annual Symposium, March 2013 in Ft. Lauderdale, FL; Presented at the 2nd International Rip Current Symposium Nov. 2012 in Sydney, Australia; the 2012 winner of the “Outstanding Service to the Great Lakes Community” award presented by the Dairyland Surf Classic; the 2012 “Lifesaver of the Year” award winner; and presented at the NDPA’s 11th Annual Symposium in San Diego, March 2012.
SAFETY TIPS – What everyone should know before they put their toes on the beach:
- When in doubt, don’t go out!
- Know the Signs of Drowning
- Know the “Flip, Float, and Follow” Rip Current Survival Strategy
- GLSRP Water Safety Illustrations
- Know the Great Lakes Dangerous Currents
- Know the 1-10-1 Rule of Hypothermia (especially in fall, winter, and spring)
- Drowning Terms to Discontinue