Survey of Primary Schools Across Australia: An Examination of Key Water Safety Issues

Peden, Amy Elizabeth, Franklin, Richard C. and Larsen, Penny (2009) Survey of Primary Schools Across Australia: An Examination of Key Water Safety Issues. International Journal of Aquatic Research and Education, 3 2: 197-208.


Author Peden, Amy Elizabeth
Franklin, Richard C.
Larsen, Penny
Title Survey of Primary Schools Across Australia: An Examination of Key Water Safety Issues
Journal name International Journal of Aquatic Research and Education   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1932-9997
Publication date 2009-05
Sub-type Article (original research)
Volume 3
Issue 2
Start page 197
End page 208
Total pages 12
Place of publication United States
Publisher Human Kinetics
Language eng
Subject 1106 Human Movement and Sports Science
11 Medical and Health Sciences
1702 Cognitive Sciences
Abstract Water safety education in Australia (including learn-to-swim) is mainly taught at the primary school level. There is increasing concern that water safety education is decreasing. This study aimed to gain a greater understanding of the barriers to provid­ing water safety education in Australia. We surveyed a random sample of primary schools stratified by location, region, and school type. This qualitative survey col­lected information on activities, qualifications, safety issues and measures, and demo­graphics. The four key issues that impacted on the provision and safety of school based water safety education were access to qualified staff, facility access, use of alternative aquatic environments, and the need for a best practice risk management approach. Improving the provision of targeted water safety information and increas­ing the number of people with aquatic qualifications both have the potential to increase the provision and safety of aquatic activity.
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Medicine Publications
 
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