Between the flags: an assessment of domestic and international university students' knowledge of beach safety in Australia

Ballantyne, Roy, Carr, Neil and Hughes, Karen (2005) Between the flags: an assessment of domestic and international university students' knowledge of beach safety in Australia. Tourism Management, 26 4: 617-622. doi:10.1016/j.tourman.2004.02.016

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Author Ballantyne, Roy
Carr, Neil
Hughes, Karen
Title Between the flags: an assessment of domestic and international university students' knowledge of beach safety in Australia
Journal name Tourism Management   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0261-5177
Publication date 2005-08
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.tourman.2004.02.016
Open Access Status File (Author Post-print)
Volume 26
Issue 4
Start page 617
End page 622
Total pages 6
Place of publication Exeter, England
Publisher Elsevier Science
Language eng
Subject 150606 Tourist Behaviour and Visitor Experience
Abstract This paper assess the behaviour of international and domestic students on beaches in Queensland, Australia and their knowledge of beach safety practices. The data for the research was collected from Surf Life Saving Queensland lifeguards/savers, using a focus group interview and questionnaire survey distributed to a convenience sample of students from The University of Queensland. The results of the research indicate that the international students are more likely to engage in "risky" behaviour at the beach and less aware of beach safety practices than their domestic counterparts. However, the domestic students also showed significant room for improvement in their behaviour and knowledge of safe practices while at the beach. Of particular concern is the failure of a significant number of students to operationalise their knowledge of safe beach practices to avoid swimming in potentially dangerous circumstances.
Keyword University students
Beach behaviour and safety
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Additional Notes Originally published as Roy Ballantyne, Neil Carr and Karen Hughes (2005) Between the flags: an assessment of domestic and international university students' knowledge of beach safety in Australia, Tourism Management 26 (4): 617-622. DOI: 10.1016/j.tourman.2004.02.016 Copyright 2005 Elsevier. All rights reserved. Single copies only may be downloaded and printed for a user's personal research and study.

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