Millions of people visit the 10,000 miles of Great Lakes shoreline each year for a beautiful day. Parks, beaches, marinas, cottages, homes, hotels, and more offer experiences like nowhere else in the world.
But nearly 100 people drown in the Great Lakes each year – and all of these tragedies are preventable with a little warning and a little knowledge. Many are good swimmers. Many don't even intend to get in the water.
What we hear most after a tragedy is, I didn't know... There are rip currents in the Great Lakes... I should not only bring a lifejacket, I should wear it... I should swim near a lifeguard... I should steer clear of the pier during high waves... And more.
The Great Lakes Water Safety Consortium is a Community of BEST Practice – an umbrella organization with more than 450 members representing dozens of water safety organizations – that knows why drownings occur and how everyone can SAFELY enjoy the Great Lakes.
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