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RESEARCH:

Will They Sink or Swim? New Zealand Youth Water-Safety Knowledge and Skills

UNIVERSITY OR ORGANISATION: Human Kinetics

SUBJECT: Children
TYPE: Survey
DATE: 2008


This article examines the practical and theoretical knowledge of New Zealand youth, identifies gaps in the understanding of water safety by these same youth, and suggests ways of addressing the shortcomings. When analyzed by gender, socioeconomic status, and ethnicity, the lack of water-safety knowledge among males, youth from low socioeconomic-status schools, and Pacific Islands and Asian students was consistent and pronounced. The author discusses the implications of these shortcomings for youth drowning risk and recommends ways to address inequities in the provision of water-safety education in schools.

 

COUNTRY

New Zealand

AUTHORS

Kevin Moran

JOURNAL / PUBLICATION

International Journal of Aquatic Research and Education

RESPONDENTS

2,202 youth

Year 11

ACTIVITY

Swimming

Rescue

Surfing

ENVIRONMENT

Ocean

Pools

AGE

15 -16

GENDER

Male

Female

ETHNICITY

NZ European

Maori

Pacific Peoples

Asian

 

 
 

 

 

 

We are leading the development of customised insights that help explain New Zealand’s drowning problem, and shape interventions for safe play across our waterways.
For information contact the Head of Data, Research and Insights on wsnz@watersafety.org.nz

 
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