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RESEARCH:

Public perceptions of a rip current hazard education program: “Break the Grip of the Rip!”

UNIVERSITY OR ORGANISATION: University of Windsor, Texas A&M University, UNSW Sydney, Center for Operational Oceanographic Products & Services, National Weather Service USA

 

SUBJECT: Beaches & Rips
TYPE: Survey
DATE: 2017


Rip currents pose a major global beach hazard; estimates of annual rip-current-related deaths in the United States alone range from 35 to 100 per year. Despite increased social research into beach-goer experience, little is known about levels of rip current knowledge within the general population. This study describes the results of an online survey to determine the extent of rip current knowledge across the United States, with the aim of improving and enhancing existing beach safety education material.

 

COUNTRY

USA

Canada

Australia

AUTHORS

Chris Houser

Sarah Trimble

Robert Brander

B. Chris Brewster

Greg Dusek

Deborah Jones

John Kuhn

JOURNAL / PUBLICATION

Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences

RESPONDENTS

United States 1622 respondents

Texas

Florida

North Carolina

All 50 states - excluding Nebraska

ACTIVITY

Swimming

ENVIRONMENT

Ocean

Beaches

AGE

18+

GENDER

Male

Female

ETHNICITY

N/A

 

 
 

 

 

 

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