Join park rangers and special speaker Tim Dring for a special program at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore about the US Lifesaving Service and US Coast Guard rescue boats entitled “You have to go out, but you don’t have to come back”. The program is September 29, 3:00 P.M. at the Cannery Boat Museum in Glen Haven. The program will last about an hour. Learn about the various craft used in rescues on the Great Lakes and how they compare to East Coast Lifesaving Service station craft.
The guest presenter, Tim Dring, is a retired US Naval Reserve Commander and currently on the board of directors of the US Lifesaving Service Heritage Association. Tim has tremendous knowledge of historic water rescues and the watercraft used in those rescues. He is the co-author of American Coastal Rescue Craft, and a regular author-contributor to the Heritage Association’s quarterly journal Wreck & Rescue. He is very excited to be spending time at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. “We are happy to have Mr. Dring present this program at Sleeping Bear Dunes in the cannery boat museum along the shore of Lake Michigan. Our maritime history is very important to the Lakeshore and it will be wonderful to have Mr. Dring speak about the Lifesaving Service”, said Lisa Griebel, Acting Chief of Interpretation and Visitor Services.
All public programs are free, but you must purchase a Park Entrance Pass and display it in your vehicle. Please call 231-326-5135, ext. 328, to make reservations (if you plan to bring a group), or ask questions, or visit their website at www.nps.gov/slbe. Program information is also available on the National Lakeshore’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/sbdnl and Twitter feed at https://twitter.com/#!/ SleepingBearNPS.