|Title||Does the teaching of water safety and swimming reduce the incidence of death by drowning?|
|Publication Type||Conference Paper|
|Year of Publication||2007|
|Authors||Wilson-Saliba, L, Patterson, L|
|Conference Name||World Conference on Drowning Prevention|
|Publisher||International Life Saving Federation|
|Conference Location||Porto, Portugal|
Context: In 2001, the Lifesaving Society Canada introduced the Swim for Life swim program. The program was intended to provide an innovative Learn to Swim program that was designed to teach skills specifically intended to improve personal survival in common water-related incidents. Research presentations and a panel discussion at the 2002 World Congress on Drowning1.questioned whether acquisition of swimming skills contributed to drowning prevention. Questions were raised about whether traditional Learn to Swim programs with an emphasis on distance swimming, specific swimming stroke skills and time standards effectively prepared participants to protect themselves in the typical conditions that lead to drowning fatalities. Swim for Life was designed to answer these questions.
Results and Discussion: The development of the Swim for Life program drew on research from the Lifesaving Society’s comprehensive study of every unintentional water-related death in Canada since 1990. It also included research into swimming instruction participation rates, retention of participants within swimming programs, barriers to success in skill acquisition and teaching strategies to maximise learner success. In 2007, a revised version of the program was introduced that incorporates research and experience from the previous 5 years.
As a swimming skills program, Swim for Life was designed to work in concert with the Lifesaving Society Canadian Lifesaving Program to address 3 key dimensions of drowning prevention education:
Swim for Life incorporates 3 program priorities for learning outcomes and success:
Following 5 years of delivering and evaluating the Swim for Life program, the Lifesaving Society has released the next generation of the program. This revision of the program builds on the successes of the first generation of Swim for Life by incorporating the results of feedback and evaluation by participants, trainers and program sites. The revisions are intended to improve early acquisition of drowning prevention skills, enhance swimming stroke development, and add more fun and excitement to the program.
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Brenner at al, (2006), “Handbook on Drowning Prevention, Rescue, Treatment”, Joost Bierens, Springer, Heidelberg