New Collaboration with Great Lakes Water Safety Consortium Brings a Community of Best Practice to Drowning Prevention

Did you know the CDC ranks drowning as the #1 cause of unintentional death in children 1-4, and #2 in children under 15? In our region, there have been more than 730 drownings in the Great Lakes since tracking began in 2010, and 2018 saw a record number of these preventable tragedies.

The Great Lakes Water Safety Consortium is a non-profit organization led by Jamie Racklyeft, Communication Director for the Michigan Institute for Clinical & Health Research (MICHR), with more than 400 members from dozens of organizations in the eight Great Lakes states and Ontario. With a mission to END drowning in the Great Lakes, this “community of BEST practice” focuses on messaging, beach warnings, rescue equipment, lifeguard advocacy, and more.

The U-M Injury Prevention Center is launching a partnership with the Consortium, a collaborative effort expected to bring new opportunities and connections around the prevention of drowning. If you have questions or would like to join or support the GLWSC, visit their website at or contact Jamie at

The photos below show some of the variety of events and training the consortium members and partners conduct to increase awareness about the causes and conditions for drowning risk and drowning prevention. More photos from events can be found on the website.