FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – January 26, 2012
Great Lakes Surf Rescue Project
Dave Benjamin, Operations & Public Relations, 708-903-0166
Bob Pratt, Executive Director, 517-643-2553
Pictures From 2011’s Surf Rescue Classes
Classroom Sessions and Water Sessions
GREAT LAKES, USA – The Great Lakes Surf Rescue Project releases some pictures from its 2011 surf rescue classes. In 2011, the GLSRP hosted six “Water Safety & Surf Rescue Techniques” classes (five in Michigan and one in Indiana), spearheaded a yearlong rip current awareness campaign (100+ media mentions), and tracked 87 drownings (23 by rip current).
Each surf rescue class was free and open to the public and consisted of a classroom session and a water session. The classes taught participants how to:
- Recognize the danger of the surf environment;
- Understand and survive rip currents (i.e. how, where, and why rip currents occur);
- Know the “Signs of Drowning”;
- Use throw rings, throw ropes, a surfboard or other flotation devices to rescue a person in distress or in a rip current.
The class participants included the general public, vacationers, surfers, residents, police officers, fire fighters, paramedics, water rescue team members, dive team members, and a member of the U.S. Coast Guard. The ages ranged from nine years old to a 78 year-old grandfather.
In 2012, there are 14 “Water Safety & Surf Rescue” classes slated for Great Lakes beaches (details coming soon). Additional classes are being offered to Swim Clubs around the Great Lakes as well (details coming soon).
PICTURES of “Water Safety Surf Rescue” Classes
- June 5, 2011 – St. Joseph, MI – Classroom and Water Session
- August 7, 2011 – Grand Haven, MI – Classroom and Water Session
- August 28, 2011 – New Buffalo, MI – Classroom and Water Session
- August 28, 2011 – New Buffalo, MI – Boy rescued from rip current
- September 18, 2011 – Whiting, IN – Classroom and Water Session
The GLSRP will be presenting its work at the National Drowning Prevention Alliance’s 11th Annual Symposium in San Diego, March 7 – 10
The GLSRP’s Executive Directo, Bob Pratt NDPA “Lifesaver of the Year” Award ‘Top 10’ Finalist