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Activities and Occupations

This stream focused on research, policy and practice which targetes specific activities or occupations to reduce or prevent drowning. There is a range of aquatic activities, both recreational and occupational which increase a person’s exposure to water and, where not undertaken safely, can lead to drowning. 


Such activities include fishing, scuba diving, boating, sailing, surfing, swimming, snorkelling, using jet skis, or using water slides. There is a wide range of occupations from fishing to ferries which need and use water for their livelihoods. Unfortunately this interaction has tragic consequences when large numbers of people drown in single incidents that could have been prevented.


This stream included a key session that focused on drowning research and boating-related activity where issues such as research into prevention measures including the use of PFD's featured. A second session looked at the emerging issue of recreational fishing.


Abstracts and Papers:

Quan, L
The association between wearing a personal floatation device and death by drowning among recreational boaters; a matched cohort analysis of United States Coast Guard data Abstract Presentation
 Lincoln, J
Personal Flotation Devices (PFDs) and commercial fishermen: Preconceptions and evaluations in actual use Abstract  
 Barss, P
3000 lives, 6 Billion dollars lost, 18 years of surveillance – What have we learned about safe boating in Canada? Abstract Presentation
Lippmann, J
Snorkelling fatalities in Australia: Pathophysiological considerations Abstract  
Lincoln, J  Preventing commercial fishing deaths in the United States Abstract  
Moran, K
 Rock fisher safety in Auckland, New Zealand: Five years on Abstract Presentation
Thompson, M
Don't put your life on the line – A strategy to reduce rock fishing fatalities   Abstract
McElroy, K
Drowning prevention strategies for fishers wearing waders   Abstract


Abdullah, Z
A survey of hotels in Langkawi Island, Malaysia, on the need for lifeguards  Abstract
Barwood, M
Reducing the risk of drowning after helicopter ditching: An assessment of the performance of three emergency breathing systems   Abstract
Brunt, A
Responding to the Mangatepopo canyoning  tragedy that claimed seven lives in 2008   Abstract
Connolly, J
Foreign holiday drowning deaths
Richardson, G
An analysis of water-related fatalities and injuries suffered by Canadian tourists in the Dominican Republic   Abstract 
George, P  Beach safety for visitors to Australian beaches – Tourist and immigrant drowning prevention in Australia   Abstract
Lippmann, J  Diving deaths downunder – An analysis of 34 years of scuba diving deaths in Australia   Abstract
Navarra, A  Collaboration with resort owners and the community – A leading advantage in the fight against tourists drowning in the Philippines   Abstract
Tan, R
The use of Personal Flotation Devices to prevent drowning  Abstract

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