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RESEARCH:

Assessing the Water Survival Skills Competency of Children

UNIVERSITY OR ORGANISATION: University of Otago

 

SUBJECT: Aquatic Education, Competence and Swimming
TYPE: Report
DATE: 2017


Learn-to-swim programmes have historically accentuated the teaching of classical swimming strokes as a means to equip children with competencies to survive in diverse aquatic environments. The assumption that this is sufficient, however, has been challenged in recent efforts to elucidate the prevailing causes of drowning in open bodies of water. This study sought to demonstrate that a rational and balanced emphasis on fundamental aquatic skills in education programmes can improve the ability of New Zealand’s children to evaluate risk and behave appropriately in and around water.

 

COUNTRY

New Zealand

AUTHORS

Chris Button

Tim McGuire

Jim Cotter

Anne-Marie Jackson

JOURNAL / PUBLICATION

Water Safety New Zealand

RESPONDENTS

Dunedin Primary schools

ACTIVITY

Swimming

Swimming Lessons

ENVIRONMENT

Private swimming pools

AGE

Children 7-11

GENDER

Male
Female

ETHNICITY

N/A

 

 
 

 

 

 

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