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Advances in Lifesaving

Lifesaving activity has the strongest presence in high-income countries where there is an established history of lifesaving organisations to monitor, advise, prevent and, where necessary, rescue and resuscitate those in trouble. The development of standards and techniques used by lifesaving and lifeguarding agencies worldwide has always been a focus of International Life Saving Federation activities. These standards and techniques are subject to constant improvement and refining.

There are two distinct forms of lifesavers: those who operate primarily in a beach environment; and those who operate at inland locations such as public swimming pools. The group of papers that were presented in this stream fall into these two broad categories and focus on new and emerging research.

Abstracts and Presentations

Hatfield, J
Willamson, A
Improving beach safety: The Science of the Surf (SOS) research project  Abstract Presentation
Willamson, A Why were you swimming there? Analysis of risky swimming behaviour on Australian beaches Abstract Presentation
Brander, R Reducing rip current drownings: lessons from interviews with rip current survivors Abstract Presentation 
Sherker, S Swim or Float? An evidence-based approach to reducing the risk of rip related drowning in Australia Abstract  Presentation
Dawes, P Dynamics of Rip Currents and Implications for Beach Safety (DRIBS): A research and service provision partnership project Abstract  Presentation 
Brander, R Measurements of rip current flow and swimmer behaviour in Australian rip current systems using low-cost GPS: implications for beach safety  Abstract  Presentation
Thompson, M What we are selling? – The knowledge to save your life. A public education strategy for rip currents Abstract  Presentation
Page, J Surveillance and detection rates of beach lifeguards Abstract Presentation
Barwood, M Safety behaviour to avoid drowning – Should we 'Float First' on accidental immersion? Abstract Presentation
Bird, F  The  responses of a group of 10 to 11 year old children swimming in cold water Abstract  Presentation 
Brander, R  An evaluation of a community knowledge-based intervention on beach safety: The Science of the Surf (SOS) presentations  Abstract  Presentation 
Connors, B Admission standards – How to make it work Abstract Presentation 
Donohoe, B  The decision-making lifesaving protocol  Abstract  Presentation
Espino, M YMCA of the USA Aquatic Incident Surveillance pilot study  Abstract Presentation 
Szpilman, D  Lifeguard training effects on the physical and antrometrics at fire department of Rio De Janeiro  Abstract   
Szpilman, D  Effects of training program on lifeguards of fire department of Rio De Janeiro  Abstract  
Florence, G Risk management solution for drowning and injury prevention  Abstract  
Griffiths, M  Assessing the application of safety standards in Australian aquatic facilities Abstract Presentation 
Martinez, C Near-drowning at Jacob Riis park – a case study of physical fitness needed by oceanfront lifeguards  Abstract  
Queiroga, A Development of an open-access server-based tool capable of providing standardized risk assessment services worldwide  Abstract Presentation
Simon, P Why delivering accredited training helps to save lives on NSW beaches  Abstract   
Smith, P  Out of position  Abstract Presentation
Standley, D Improving swimming pool management understanding of Health and Safety legislation through attendance at the RLSS UK National Pool Management Qualification (NPMQ)  Abstract  Presentation
Storey, D Surf rescue emergency response system – a strategy to reduce coastal drowning deaths in New South Wales  Abstract Presentation
Farmer, N Coastal drowning prevention through comprehensive risk management Abstract  Presentation 
White, J Developing a knowledge-based and scientifically supported standard for safe operation of recreational aquatic facilities: Progress of the US model aquatic health code project Abstract  Presentation
Wilkens, K European Qualification Framework (EQF) –
For the lifeguard profession 
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Avramidis, S Leadership in lifeguarding for optimum swimming safety Abstract  
Avramidis, S Teaching rescuers how to treat a drowning swimmer with a near-death experience: A review Abstract  
Baker, S  Life saving medallion: icons or relics? Abstract  
Connors, B
Smith, P 
Lessons learned  Abstract  
Donohoe, B Do bystanders help or hinder at the scene of drowning incidents? A review of Irish press reports Abstract  
Franklin, R Life saving imagery on postage stamps  Abstract  
Madsen, L Taking a health promoting perspective on Danish lifesaving culture  Abstract  
Stallman, R A comparison of performance on a 200m combined test with and without outer clothing  Abstract  
Szpilman, D Fining bathers who disrespect the signs can make Brazilian beaches safer? Abstract  

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