Dangerous currents and breaking waves are common in the Great Lakes region. Rip currents and other currents found near piers are extremely dangerous for swimmers. This website provides information for swimmers, educators, first responders and the media.

You will find tips for swimmers about how to be safe at the beach, classroom lessons and information about the science behind currents and waves. Check the searchable data from the National Weather Service, and learn more about the types of currents by reviewing descriptions. Under resources, look for publication templates, and beach sign templates, as well as diagrams.

A regional network of universities, as well as representatives from local, state and federal agencies, is promoting water safety throughout the Great Lakes region. Partners include Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin Sea Grant programs, Great Lakes state Coastal Management Programs, the NOAA National Weather Service, the U.S. Coast Guard, as well as park officials, sheriffs, fire and rescue and beach safety groups.

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