Assessing the Water Survival Skills Competency of Children
UNIVERSITY OR ORGANISATION: University of Otago
SUBJECT: Aquatic Education, Competence and Swimming
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.
JOURNAL / PUBLICATION
Water Safety New Zealand
Dunedin Primary schools
Private swimming pools