Thursday, March 1, 2012

GLSRP Becomes Chapter of NDPA

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – March 2, 2012

Contact:
Great Lakes Surf Rescue Project
Dave Benjamin, Executive Director and Public Relations
708-903-0166

Surf Rescue Project becomes Chapter of NDPA

Partnership in saving lives through drowning prevention education

SAN DIEGO, CA & GREAT LAKES, USA – The Great Lakes Surf Rescue Project (GLSRP) is proud to announce that it has become a chapter of the National Drowning Prevention Alliance.

“What an honor it is to be accepted into the NDPA family,” said Bob Pratt GLSRP executive director.  “When we were being considered for the chapter, it was a huge accomplishment for us. Our big focus in 2012 will be on Great Lakes water safety, rip current education and awareness, and tracking the drowning statistics.”

The chapter agreement will be formerly announced at the NDPA Symposium when Pratt accepts the 2011 Lifesaver of the Year Award and presents the work of the GLSRP at the Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Spa and Marina, March 7-10.

“Our lifesaver award winner never seems to take a day off,” said Kim Burgess NDPA executive director.  “While vacationing in Florida last week, Bob assisted three lifeguards in the battle against offshore winds to rescue three people who were swept out to sea on an inflatable raft.”

“We're so proud to have Bob as our Lifesaver of the Year.  He truly deserves it!”

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  1. Lifesaver of the Year Award Winner Assists Rescue on FL Vacation
  2. Bob Pratt Winner of the Lifesaver of the Year Award
  3. Video: Hero from New Buffalo beach rescue getting national honor
  4. Surf’s up, but Matteson man wants drownings down
  5. Chasing the chilling waves — whenever they can
  6. Fire Marshal Retires - Takes Helm of Surf Rescue Project
  7. Bob Pratt Lifesaver Year Award - Top 10
  8. Great Lakes drownings rise to 87 in 2011; a two-year total of 161
  9. Great Lakes Presenting at San Diego Symposium
  10. Co-Executive Director’s drowning experience turns into Rescue Project
  11. Chasing the chilling waves — whenever they can
  12. Video: Great Lakes surfers save drowning victims
  13. Video: Surfers to the Rescue
PICTURES of “Water Safety Surf Rescue” Classes
  1. June 5, 2011 – St. Joseph, MI – Classroom and Water Session
  2. August 7, 2011 – Grand Haven, MI – Classroom and Water Session
  3. August 28, 2011 – New Buffalo, MI – Classroom and Water Session
  4. August 28, 2011 – New Buffalo, MI – Boy rescued from rip current
  5. September 18, 2011 – Whiting, IN – Classroom and Water Session

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