Boldly Battling Drowning: How to Help People Safely Enjoy Life In and Around the Great Lakes

The Great Lakes Water Safety Consortium leads our most important day: saving lives.

  • Drowning is the #1 cause of accidental death in kids 1-4 and #2 for kids under 15

  • Hundreds of millions are spent on tourism campaigns to attract people to the area, yet very little is spent on keeping them safe once they get here, resulting in nearly 100 preventable drowning tragedies in the Great Lakes annually

  • How can parents and educators keep kids safer around the water?

  • How can lawmakers and other leaders make our 10,000 miles of freshwater shoreline safer?

This water safety community has assembled a formidable team of drowning prevention experts & water safety advocates for you. Join them for a fun, fast-paced, informative, interactive day, including:

  • Water Safety Best Practices Fishbowl

  • Legislation & The Myth of Liability

  • Wave & Current Science Expert Panel

  • Various Lightning Talks

  • Open Water & Near Shore Safety

  • Nudging People Toward Safer Behavior

  • Getting the Word Out & Educating the Masses

  • Next Generation Rescue Station Rapid Prototyping

  • Starting a Local Water Safety Coalition

  • Water Safety Award Ceremony

  • Storytelling Booth

  • Hi- and Low-Tech Lifesaving Demos

  • Surprise Guests & Kayak Giveaway

Date

Sat - Jun 4, 2022
Expired!

Time

8:30 am
MEMORIAL UNION BUILDING

Location

MEMORIAL UNION BUILDING
1400 TOWNSEND DR, HOUGHTON, MI

Speaker

  • Jamie Racklyeft
    Jamie Racklyeft
    COMMUNICATION STRATEGIST & GREAT LAKES WATER SAFETY CONSORTIUM FOUNDER

    Jamie was lucky to be saved from drowning in a Great Lakes rip current and now leads a growing nonprofit water safety community that helps people safely enjoy the Great Lakes. With a background in communication and education, his mission is to ensure that everyone knows what the many water safety experts and drowning prevention advocates in the Great Lakes Water Safety Consortium know, so that what almost happened to him doesn’t happen to anyone else.

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