2020 was the deadliest year for Lake Michigan drownings, with 53 people losing their lives to the lake as of October 1st.

To do our part to prevent another record high of fatal incidents at our surf spots, we are hosting a Surf Rescue Course to ensure that members of our surf community go into the summer surf season with confidence to keep themselves, and those around them safe.

Join us Sunday, June 27th from 9:00am to 12:00pm in Frankfort, Michigan (exact location weather dependent and to be shared at least 48 hours prior to the event). Be ready to dive in and expand your knowledge on water safety and open water rescue techniques that will prepare you in the case of an incident in the surf.

Surf Rescue Clinic

The course will teach participants how to:
— Expand their Awareness in the Lineup
— Identify Hazards including Dangerous Currents
— Prevent themselves from Drowning
— Recognize the Signs of Drowning & Identify a Person in Trouble
— Perform an Open Water Rescue with your Surfboard or SUP
— Take Precautionary Measures in the Case of a Spinal Injury
— Perform basic CPR

 

About the Course Presenters:

The Great Lakes Surf Rescue Project, Inc. (GLSRP) is a nonprofit 501c3 corporation that is about saving lives through water safety education, outreach, and research. They are dedicated stewards who specialize in Water Safety Surf Rescue in the Great Lakes region. Their mission is to eradicate drownings by being the leader of Great Lakes water safety by providing training, public preparedness, and public awareness. Learn more at https://glsrp.org. The super heroes behind GLSRP, Bobby Pratt and Dave Benjamin will be our primary leaders in this educational morning, as their decades of experience, expertise, and passion for saving lives, is nothing short of inspiring, empowering, and life changing (and saving)!

Jack Brodeur is a waterman and medical student, with 10 years of experience surfing Lake Michigan. He has taught youth sailing where he shared the Great Lakes Surf Rescue Project curriculum to his students. He is certified in Advanced Wilderness Life Support, Advanced Cardiac Life Support and has taken numerous rescue clinics to expand his knowledge on water safety and rescue.

Faith Hoekstra

Since her first surf in 2006, Faith wanted to spread this love for the water, with an assurance of safety while being able to push limits and move and play in it. At the same time, she inadvertently fell in love with lifeguarding and rescuers in all the forms they come in. After earning a beach lifeguard certification during a British Surfing Association Instructor certification course, she continued on to lifeguard in two different countries (apart from the USA), a few National Parks and most recently as head lifeguard in New Buffalo, Michigan where she has had the honor of training and mentoring a whole new batch of beach lifeguards. Faith has been a member of the GLSRP since 2014
Additional qualifications:
-Emergency Medical Responder/Wilderness First responder
-Whitewater Rescue
-High Angle Ropes Rescue
-Emergency Medical Technician/Remote EMT

 

We highly encourage you to watch the following short, engaging, educational videos before you join:

– GLSRP Signs of Drowning Compilation: Know the True Signs of Drowning– Know how to Survive:

– GLSRP Premier Video Debut – Dangerous Currents: https://youtu.be/71D8Y8YlsRA

Please come prepared with the following:

– A buddy!
– A wetsuit or wetsuit top
– A surfboard, paddle board, bodyboard, even a volleyball.. whatever you’d bring with you the beach that FLOATS!

We also encourage you to come prepared with:

– A Towel & Dry, Warm Layers to keep you cozy after you get out of the water
– Drinking Water!
– A coffee mug if you’d like a hot cup of coffee during the presentation to save on disposable products
– Cash or check to make a tax-deductible donation!
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The event is FREE, but if you are able to donate, we encourage you to bring cash to the event. All donations will be benefiting the Great Lakes Surf Rescue Project, whom will be volunteering their time to help teach the clinic! GLSRP is a 501c3 organization dedicated to saving lives through water safety education, outreach, and research, led by a tireless team of incredible individuals who would so appreciate your support!*

The course will be held on a donation basis and will be directly benefiting the Great Lakes Surf Rescue Project. 

Surf Rescue Clinic