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Swimming and Water Safety

Swimming and water safety education has long been a feature of lifesaving programs in high income countries. These programs are driven by water safety agencies through school and community systems that seek to build skills with dual goals of protecting against drowning and preparing children for safe aquatic recreation activity.

The value of such a program has been in constant scientific debate. In recent years their role as part of comprehensive prevention programs has been acknowledged, with programs such as SwimSafe Bangladesh showing a significant impact in reducing drowning deaths.

The Swimming and Water Safety stream covered the following areas:

  • Advances in swimming and water safety
  • Learning and education programs
  • Research and program evaluation
  • Catering for diversity in geography, demography, socio economic, ethnicity, gender and climate.

The conference facilitated an informative mix of research, policy and practice in the area of swimming and water safety. Practitioners, particularly those working in this field, benefitted from the program that highlighted best practice, networking with researchers and practitioners alike, and the presention of their work for review by their peers.

The Swimming and Water Safety Stream was proudly sponsored by AUSTSWIM.

Abstracts and Presentations

Moran, K  Real and perceived swimming competence among young adults in New Zealand: The Can You Swim? Project  Abstract  Presentation 
Bennett, E  Everyone Swims: Changing policies to increase access to swimming lessons and water recreation  Abstract  Presentation 
Griffiths, T  The 'Note and Float' drowning prevention program  Abstract  Presentation 
Stanley, T
Taylor, J
Calhaem, I 
Pools 2 Schools Pilot: A journey of participation, partnership, performance, and pleasure  Abstract  Presentation 
Cox, R  The use of portable pools to increase swim learning: The SwimSafe Danang Experience  Abstract  Presentation 
Carmont, T
Stewart, J 
Le Thi Thu, V
Hoi An Children's Swimming Program – A sustainable & scalable swimming program in Vietnam  Abstract  Presentation 
Fonfe, M  The Sri Lanka Women's Swimming Project  Abstract  Presentation
Graham, D
Mecrow, T
The Nile Swimmers Project: Reducing the burden of drowning on the River Nile, and building peace  Abstract  Presentation
Moran, K The 'Can You Swim?' Project: An international feasibility study of real and perceived swimming competency in the context of drowning prevention Abstract  Presentation
Blitvich, J  Real and perceived swimming competence among young adults in Australia: The Can You Swim? Project  Abstract  Presentation 
Goya, T
Matsui, A 
Teramoto, K
Shimonagata, S  
Moran, K
Real and perceived swimming ability, perceptions of drowning risk among Japanese university students  Abstract  Presentation 
Stallman, R  Perceived versus real aquatic competence: the 'Can You Swim' project  Abstract  Presentation
Stallman, R  A graded approach to a definition of ‘Can Swim’  Abstract  Presentation 
Ayton, T  Incorporation home pool safety into mainstream lesson programming  Abstract  Presentation 
Barnett, H  A behavioral approach to pediatric drowning prevention  Abstract   
Claridge, M  Swim For Life – The full scale promotion and coordination of swim and survive in New Zealand  Abstract  Presentation 
Douglas, B
Folley, N - Free online swimming lessons from a world leading swim school  Abstract  Presentation 
Gage, R  Swim Australia's SwimSAFER program: Two years on...  Abstract  Presentation 
Gambardella, C  SwimSafer, Have fun, Swim Safe   Abstract  Presentation 
Hindmarch, T Melbye, M  Good swimmers drown more often than non-swimmers: How openwater swimming could feature in beginner swimming  Abstract  Presentation 
Hodges, S  Study into the Swimming abilities of ACT primary school students  Abstract  Presentation 
Kharrat, M  Near drowning detection system  based on swimmer's physiological information analysis  Abstract   
Stallman, R  The validity of a 1000m distance test as a predictor of swimming competence & The validity of swimming speed as a predictor of swimming competence  Abstract  Presentation 
Laosee, O  Predictors of swimming ability of primary school children in rural communities in Thailand  Abstract  Presentation 
Marks, K  30 Years of Australian Swimming and Water Safety Education  Abstract  Presentation 
Marks, K  The international language of swimming  Abstract  Presentation 
Matsui, A
Goya, T 
Moran, K 
History of swimming education at school in Japan which influenced Japanese swimming ability  Abstract  Presentation 
Millward, R  Safer facilities or using facilities safely  Abstract  Presentation 
Pryor, S  Swimming to a safe place  Abstract  Presentation 
Rubin, T  Portable pools and the SwimSafe Thailand experience  Abstract  Presentation 
Saitoh, H  Spread of survival technique 'chakuiei' in Japan  Abstract  Presentation 
Savage, M  Delivering Professional Development in a technological age  Abstract  Presentation 
Schulte-Huelsmann, L  Learn to swim with DLRG and Nivea A pre-school swimming education project of DLRG in cooperation with the support of the company Beiersdorf (Nivea)  Abstract  Presentation 
Stanley, T  Whanau Nui – Free family swimming and water safety lessons  Abstract  Presentation 
Veldhuyzen, C  AUSTSWIM – Providing quality training in any language and culture  Abstract  Presentation 
Abe, J  New design for sign showing how to prevent drowning at sudden water accident  Abstract   
Avramidis, S  Qualitative findings from a 3-year baby/preschool swimming training: A two-year case study  Abstract 
Baker, S  Basic Aquatic Water Skill  Abstract  Presentation 
Kjendlie, P  Water safety education is more than teaching swimming skills: Comprehensive drowning prevention education  Abstract   
Kusyanto, B  Swim to Survive – supporting rural aboriginal and farming communities  Abstract   
Madsen, L  Observation skills in water competence learning processes – a didactic challenge  Abstract  
Standley, D  Hari’s World/Hari at the Beach  Abstract   
Seghers, G  Proposed new warning graphical symbols for buoyancy aids  Abstract   
Stallman, R  A Norwegian model of swimming competency  Abstract   
Stallman, R  Bridging the gap – the transition between pool and open water: A pedagogical drowning prevention approach  Abstract   
Tamura, Y  Sea survival training carried out at the Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology  Abstract   
Villasante, B  Manual for the prevention of drowning and water accidents in Mexico  Abstract   
Vervaecke, H  Car in water   Abstract   
Robinson, R  Jabari – balancing joy and safety in the water for children  Abstract   


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