Great Lakes Water Safety Consortium

Great Lakes Water Safety Consortium

Scientists have discovered that the physical attributes of the Great Lakes combined with strong and rapidly changing wind, results in extreme weather conditions that can be deadly. Many people have died as a result of short wave periods that result in rapidly crashing waves and dangerous currents.

Since 2010, we’ve lost 445 human lives to drowning in the Great Lakes.  There have been 6 lives lost thus far in 2016.

“Virtually all of them were preventable,” says Jamie Racklyeft, executive director of the GLWSC and rip current survivor.  “Often times when we hear of someone drowning in the Great Lakes, we wonder what else could be done to make sure it doesn’t happen again. Knowing how to swim is important, but there’s much more to water safety.”

The Great Lakes Water Safety Consortium is bringing together individuals, task forces, communities, park rangers, and organizations.  Their mission is to connect all groups and individuals interested in water safety to maximize collective knowledge, resources, and actions to end drowning in the Great Lakes.

The GLWSC has two upcoming Conferences:

Cleveland, Ohio

Tuesday, April 19
Lake Erie Nature & Science Center
28728 Wolf Road

Grand Haven, Michigan
Friday, April 22
Grand Haven Community Center
421 Columbus Avenue

“We’re bringing together a roster of experts – first responders, wave and current research scientists, meteorologists, lifeguards, and other water safety advocates,” Racklyeft added. “If you want to keep people safer in the water this year, these experts are gathering to let you know how.”
The Great Lakes Water Safety Consortium is a new “community of BEST practice” getting everyone – from national, regional, and local organizations to individual survivors and loved ones of drowning victims – working together to END DROWNING IN THE GREAT LAKES.
Connect with GLWSC online through Facebook; Twitter; and website.