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RESEARCH:

Where the Evidence and Expert Opinion Meet: A Review of Open- Water Recreational Safety Messages

UNIVERSITY OR ORGANISATION: The University of Auckland, University of Washington, Royal Lifesaving Society Australia, Royal Seattle Children's Hospital

 

SUBJECT: Aquatic Education, Competence and Swimming
TYPE: Systemic Review
DATE: 2011


Open water aquatic recreation is a significant cause of drowning, especially in developed countries that have easy access to aquatic environments. To simplify the plethora of safety messages promoted worldwide, 18 experts from 12 countries formed the International Task Force on Open Water Drowning Prevention (ITFDP) and published 16 generic, nonboating, open water safety messages. This paper examines the supporting evidence for the messages and makes recommendations for future research. A systematic review was undertaken of the literature published from 1990 to 2010. It identified where evidence to substantiate axiomatic wisdom is lacking and where research is needed to address gaps in our current knowledge of drowning prevention.

 

COUNTRY

New Zealand

AUTHORS

Kevin Moran

Linda Quan

Richard Franklin

Elizabeth Bennett

JOURNAL / PUBLICATION

The International Journal of Aquatic Research and Education

RESPONDENTS

U.S.A

China

Bangladesh

New Zealand

Queensland, Australia

Australia

New South Wales, Australia

Vietnam

Denmark

Finland

Netherlands

Canada

ACTIVITY

Swimming

Surfing

Fishing

ENVIRONMENT

Oceans

Beach

Public swimming pools

AGE

20+

GENDER

Male
Female

ETHNICITY

Asian

Chinese

Indian

Korean

Filipino

Pacific People

Vietnamese

Māori

Samoan

Tongan

Middle East

 

 
 

 

 

 

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