Michigan Sea Grant Dangerous Currents Workshops

Date: June 10, 2014 - June 11, 2014
Time: 1:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. each day
Location: June 10th at Ludington State Park or June 11th at Holland State Park
Contact: Ron Kinnunen kinnune1@msu.edu

The Lake Michigan shoreline has become the epicenter of drowning-related deaths in the Great Lakes region. Although beach signs, brochures, flag warning systems, weather forecasts and other public outreach methods have been implemented, initial research indicates a general lack of awareness about this public health issue. Additionally, irresponsible behavior (e.g., jumping off piers) among swimmers into dangerous currents continues to be a factor in deaths.

The goal of the workshops is to increase knowledge about dangerous currents by educating local, state and federal parks personnel, emergency responders, volunteers, researchers, educators and the public about Great Lakes beach hazards.

Workshops will run from 1 pm to 3:30 pm each day. There is no registration or fee required to attend. Workshops locations include:

 Each workshop will address five main topic areas including:

  • Incident Reports for Dangerous Currents,
  • Types of Dangerous Currents with emphasis on Rip and Structural Currents,
  • Forecasting Dangerous Currents,
  • Recent Field Research on Rip and Structural Currents, and
  • Rescue Stations and Equipment.

 

For additional information on the workshops, contact Mike Evanoff (Michigan Department of Natural Resources) at evanoffm@michigan.gov or Ron Kinnunen (Michigan Sea Grant) at kinnune1@msu.edu

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