The Great Lakes Surf Rescue Project in partnership with the Chicago Park District and the Illinois DNR are presenting a “Great Lakes Water Safety” class in coordination with the National Weather Service’s “National Rip Current Awareness Week” and the Great Lakes Governors “Annual Beach Safety Awareness Week”.
The “Great Lakes Water Safety” class will teach participants to:
• Understand that drowning is a leading cause of injury and death
• Recognize the “Signs of Drowning” – How to identify a person in trouble.
• Recognize the dangers of the surf environment keeping personal safety as the primary responsibility
• Understand dangerous currents; i.e. how, where, and why dangerous currents occur and how to survive then;
• Understand the “Flip, Float, & Follow” dangerous currents survival strategy
• Understand how a flotation device such as a throw ring, throw, rope, surfboard or other objects that float can rescue a person in distress or in a dangerous current
• Enroll in lifesaving, first aid and CPR training from accredited agencies.
To date, the class participants have consisted of the general public, surfers, lifeguards, police officers, fire fighters, paramedics, water rescue team members, dive team members, and the U.S. Coast Guard.