Lake Michigan Safety

City of Kenosha Ordinance: It is unlawful to enter or remain in the water within fifty (50) feet, measured in any direction, of a pier, jetty, breakwater, or seawall, or within one hundred fifty (150) feet of the mouth of the Pike River. Violators could be fined up to $1,000


Can exist on the Great Lakes (Rip Currents, Longshore Currents, Structural Currents, and Outlet Currents).  And these Dangerous Currents happen in concert when there are Winds and Waves; i.e. Winds = Waves = Dangerous Currents.  This illustration can show you how all of these Dangerous Currents can work in concert together.

Different Types of Currents

“Flip, Float, Follow” Drowning Survival Strategy

If you are ever caught in water over your head or a Dangerous Current:

1.  FLIP: 
Flip over onto your back and float.
2.  FLOAT: 
A.   Float to keep your head above water.
B.   Float to calm yourself down from the panic and fear of drowning.
C.   Float to conserve your energy.
3.  FOLLOW: 
Follow the safest path to safety / out of the water. Never swim against a current.

The Signs of Drowning:

  1. Facing shore
  2. Mouth at water level
  3. Head tilted back, look of panic or eyes glassy or closed, and hyperventilating or gasping
  4. Vertical in water. Not using legs for forward swimming movement.
  5. Ladder climbing motion, hands rarely out of the water or may be lightly breaking the surface – Hair over forehead or eyes

71% of the World is Water
Children are 100% Curious

The YMCA’s Safety Around Water program can help kids learn essential water safety skills, which can open up a world of possibilities for them to satisfy their curiosity safely.

This 8-day course, taught by a certified instructor, teaches children two sets of skills that will reduce the risk of drowning and give them confidence in and around water. A typical session includes:

  • Exercises to help children adjust to being in water
  • Instruction in “Jump, Push, Turn, Grab” and “Swim, Float, Swim,” two skill sets children can use if they unexpectedly find themselves in the water  
  • An activity that teaches children about specific safety topics such as:
    • General water safety, rules and local issues
    • Reach or throw, don’t go
    • Calling 911
    • CPR
    • Backyard pool safety
    • Pool drain safety
    • Life jacket safety
    • Boating safety
  • Each lesson also includes a handout for parents and caregivers with additional water safety tips.