Winner of the NDPA's 2012
      "Lifesaver of the Year" Award
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We Are The Great Lakes Surf Rescue Project

GLSRP Water Safety Promise Video

GLSRP ACCOMPLISHMENTS 

  • The GLSRP has performed over 300 Great Lakes Water Safety presentations in 7 of the 8 Great Lakes states
  • April 28, 2016 – GLSRP Executive Director, Dave Benjamin, received the “2016 Supporter of the Year” award presented by the nonprofit, ‘Because I said I would’

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  • April 28, 2016 – GLSRP Board Member, John Kocher and his wife Kathy, received the “2016 Supporter of the Year” award presented by the nonprofit, ‘Because I said I would’

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  • April 22, 2016 – The GLSRP performed the Keynote Speech and also presented “The Vicious Cycle of the Drowning Epidemic – The Need for a Water Safety School Curriculum” at the Great Lakes Water Safety Consortium Conference in Grand Haven, MI
  • April 19, 2016 – The GLSRP performed the Keynote Speech and also presented “The Vicious Cycle of the Drowning Epidemic – The Need for a Water Safety School Curriculum” at the Great Lakes Water Safety Consortium Conference in Cleveland, OH
  • April 19, 2016 – GLSRP Board Member, Melissa Zirkle, won the 2016 Superhero of the Year award presented by the Great Lakes Water Safety Consortium
  • March 31, 2016 – Presented “The Vicious Cycle of the Drowning Epidemic – The Need for a Water Safety School Curriculum” at the NDPA’s Annual Educational Conference in Mesa, AZ
  • March 29, 2016 – The GLSRP received a 2016 NDPA Community Lifesaver Award

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  • March 29, 2016 – The GLSRP received a 2016 NDPA Community Lifesaver Award
  • March 29, 2016 – John Kocher, GLSRP Board Member, his wife Kathy received a 2016 NDPA Community Lifesaver Award Winner
  • May 6, 2015 – Presented at Great Lakes Beach Hazards and Water Safety Conference in Gaylord, MI
  • April 21, 2015 – Co-Hosted and Presented at the Great Lakes Beach Hazards Water Safety Conference in Michigan City, IN
  • March 12, 2015 – Melissa Zirkle, GLSRP Board Member, won the 2015 NDPA National Lifesaver of the Year Award Winner
  • March 14, 2013 – Presented at the NDPA’s Symposium in Ft. Lauderdale, FL
  • March 9, 2012 – Presentedat the NDPA’s 11th Annual Symposium in San Diego, CA
  • March 8, 2012 – GLSRP Executive Director, Bob Pratt, “National Lifesaver of the Year”award winner

ABOUT THE GLSRP
The Great Lakes Surf Rescue Project, Inc. (GLSRP) is about saving lives.  It is a nonprofit 501 C3 corporation that is a Chapter of the National Drowning Prevention Alliance (NDPA).

The GLSPR:

  1. Tracks the Great Lakes drowning statistics
  2. Teaches “Great Lakes Water Safety” classes (List of classes to date)
  3. Hosts Surf Lifeguard Certification courses, and
  4. Works with family and friends  of Great Lakes drowning victims to advocate water safety.

                               In Memory of Matthew Kocher

Please support the GLSRP’s efforts for a Water Safety School Curriculum through our fundraiser page. You can read about our cause and donate here:  https://www.crowdrise.com/watersafetyschoolcurriculum/fundraiser/glsrp

WATER SURVIVAL
If you must know only one thing about water safety, know what drowning looks like.  Know it to spot someone in trouble or for you to recognize that you, yourself, are drowning.

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Once you understand what drowning looks like, know how to survive when you get in water over your head.  Know how to float.  Know that anything that floats may save a life.

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Know the Great Lakes “Dangerous Currents” and know that they work in concert.  Dangerous currents include Longshore Currents, Outlet Currents, Rip Currents, Structural Currents, and not pictured, Offshore Winds & Upwelling.

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