A survey was completed in early 2007 in response to concerns raised by surf lifeguards and regional water safety groups about the lack of quality supervision of young children by parents/caregivers during aquatic recreation at beaches, especially beaches with the added risk of surf conditions.
This was undertaken at 18 Northland, Auckland and Bay of Plenty surf and flat-water beaches and was a collaborative effort between the Faculty of Education, University of Auckland, Surf Lifesaving New Zealand and WaterSafe Auckland.
Below are some of the key findings from the subsequent report, completed by Dr Kevin Moran, Principal Lecturer in Health and Physical Education, Faculty of Education, University of Auckland:
The extensive results of the survey give recommendations and direction to parents/caregivers, surf lifesaving organisations, water safety organisations, national, regional and local authorities. These are included in Dr Moran’s full report. You can download a copy of the final report from Related Files (right).
Auckland beach-goers swimming behaviours and perceptions of their risk of drowning
This was a cross-sectional study of beach-goers at a range of Auckland beaches conducted over January and February 2006. The aim was to ascertain beachgoers’ perceptions of drowning risk in terms of the severity of the risk, their vulnerability to risk of drowning, the efficacy of preventative measures and their ability to deal with the risk of drowning.
You can download a copy of the final report from Related Files (right).