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RESEARCH:

From Swimming Skill to Water Competence: Towards a More Inclusive Drowning Prevention Future

UNIVERSITY OR ORGANISATION: Norwegian School of Sports Science, The University of Auckland, Seattle Children's Hospital, Bowling Green State University

 

SUBJECT: Aquatic Education, Competence and Swimming
TYPE: Literature Review
DATE: 2017


Conventional wisdom has suggested that teaching people to cope with the risk of drowning through the acquisition of swimming skills is one of the more important drowning prevention interventions. While such axiomatic wisdom has been built on a tradition of teaching swimming and lifesaving skills, this approach has been primarily underpinned by anecdotal evidence and expert opinion. The primary aims of this paper are to describe and provide research evidence regarding what physical, cognitive, and affective competencies contribute to a person’s water competence and reduce the risk of drowning.

 

COUNTRIES

Norway

New Zealand

AUTHORS

Robert Keig Stallman

Kevin Moran

Linda Quan

Stephen Langendorfer

JOURNAL / PUBLICATION

International Journal of Aquatic Research and Education

RESPONDENTS

American Red Cross

Children

North America

New Zealand

Australia

UK

USA

Brazil

Norway

Japan

Portugal

China

Dunedin

ACTIVITY

Swimming

Fishing

Boating

ENVIRONMENT

Open water

Lakes

Rivers

Beaches

AGE

Children

Teens

Adults

GENDER

Male
Female

ETHNICITY

N/A

 

 
 

 

 

 

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