Matuli team members were able to share their beach knowledge with students participating in the Arc Project’s surf camp, in Holland, Michigan. Joe Matulis said, “The classes were just like an Ocean Junior lifeguard program.” Joe Matulis taught Junior Lifeguards for 7 seasons while working for the City of San Clemente’s Lifeguard department. Joe was impressed with the camp and was very happy to volunteer his time. Students in the program learn about beach safety and how to handle different types of currents. Students also learned how to ride waves with their bodies, on surfboard, and on a stand up paddleboard.
Art for Arc is a gallery exhibition benefiting the Arc Project, a non-profit water safety organization that educates underserved youth in West Michigan. The event will be at Ambrose design and print studio in Holland, Michigan on Saturday, June 1st from 6 to 10 p.m.
Matuli artist were inspired by the Arc Project and have donated some pieces for the event.
The Arc Project will also be putting on the Arc Waterman Challenge in Grand Haven, Michigan July 13th.
I ran across a video showing how to use your SUP to rescue someone in the water and I wanted to share it and add my ideas. I have been a lifeguard for over 15 years and have made over 1000 rescues in the Pacific Ocean.
Most SUP are bigger and have more float then even lifeguard rescue boards, and can easily support the extra weight of a drowning victim. When I go on a swimming style rescue I try to keep my head up and eyes on the victim in-between waves. Stand up paddle boarding gives you an height advantage over swimming, so you can see possible swimmers or paddlers in trouble.
Using a flip style rescue you can get a victim on a board using gravity, so not a whole lot of strength is needed.
If you live in the great lakes region and would like to know more about how surfers and paddlers can do to prevent drownings I highly suggest you go to one of the Great Lakes Surf Rescue Projects events.
Matuli team members Joe and Thomas helped to lifeguard, the event, Paddle Party 2012. The event was a success and over 500 people were introduced and participated in stand up paddle boarding Newport’s back bay. We only had to make a few rescues.