Surfboard Rescue Techniques class is Sunday

The Great Lakes Surf Rescue Project will be host its third "Surfboard Rescue Techniques' class on Sunday in support of its summer-long "Third Coast Ocean Force' rip current awareness campaign. The class will be held in the Grand Haven State Park Pavilion. There will be a meet and greet at 9:30 a.m., classroom session at 10 a.m., and water session at 11:15 a.m. The class is free and open to the public.
Aug 3, 2011


“This training was geared for surfers and professional water rescue personnel who are in a unique position to rescue people because they have a floatation device with them,” said Bob Pratt, a former lifeguard and currently fire marshal in East Lansing. “But the class has now been opened up to the public.”

In 2010, 74 people drowned in the Great Lakes — primarily due to rip currents. So far this year, there have been 39 Great Lakes drownings, Pratt said.

“There are hardly any lifeguards at beaches anymore,” Pratt added. “Most drownings occur during moderate wave action (waves of 2-6 feet), and every beach-goer has to be vigilant with their friends and families.”

For more information, visit the Great Lakes Surf Rescue Project page on


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