Normalizing the abnormal: The efficacy of stress related aquatic instruction and its correlation to drowning prevention in theatre specific aquatic environments

TitleNormalizing the abnormal: The efficacy of stress related aquatic instruction and its correlation to drowning prevention in theatre specific aquatic environments
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2007
AuthorsMcVan, JT
Conference NameWorld Conference on Drowning Prevention
Date Published09/2007
PublisherInternational Life Saving Federation
Conference LocationPorto, Portugal
Other Numbers02-18
Abstract

­An introspective overview of the aquatic instructional paradigm currently being utilized within the Corp of Cadets at The United States Military Academy at West Point. Focusing on the instructional aquatics experience, this presentation will explore methodologies utilized in rudimentary aquatic skill development, advanced water survival training, and pedagogical strategies specifically designed for stress related aquatic survival response. Additional materials will explore an innovative water exploration instructional module, aquatic leadership requirements, and validation/remediation venues.

Learning Outcomes
  1. The participant will understand the program of instruction (POI) within the aquatics instructional paradigm currently be utilized at the United States Military Academy.
  2. The participant will understand specific learning methodologies and progressive learning theory relative to managing sudden immersion, panic, and issues involving critical decision making when faced with objective based performance.
  3. The participant will understand the West Point Physical Development Model and the curricular expectations with regard to holistic aquatic survival and fear management in adverse aquatic environments.
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