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RESEARCH:

Teaching Foundational Aquatic Skills to Children in Open Water Environments

UNIVERSITY OR ORGANISATION: University of Otago

 

SUBJECT: Aquatic Education, Competence and Swimming
TYPE: Experimental Study
DATE: 2020


Learning to swim in a swimming pool might not prepare water competence sufficiently for different aquatic environments. The aim of this study was to assess the effectiveness of teaching children water safety knowledge and skills in open water environments (i.e., harbor, river, and surf). After the program, competency in each of the six tasks assessed had increased with up to 80% of participants completing the tasks unassisted. Three-month retention of these skills was generally high (i.e., competency levels were either maintained or improved). A key challenge for future research will be to untangle the influences of maturation, order effects, and the open water education.

 

COUNTRIES

New Zealand

Canada

AUTHORS

Chris Button

Angela J. Button

Anne-Marie Jackson

Jim D. Cotter

Brian Maraj

JOURNAL / PUBLICATION

International Journal of Aquatic Research and Education

RESPONDENTS

98 children

ACTIVITY

Swimming

ENVIRONMENT

Open water

Swimming pools

Rivers

Beaches

Harbors

Ocean

AGE

7-11

GENDER

Male
Female

ETHNICITY

N/A

 

 
 

 

 

 

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