Exploring aquatic readiness, water competence and developmentally appropriate aquatic practices. A presentation by Professor Stephen Langendorfer at the Faculty of Education, University of Auckland, March 2012. 

Professor Langendorfer presents the notion of developmentally appropriate aquatic practice (DAAP) and its implications for the learning and teaching of pshychomotor tasks, especially those learned in the water. He invites you to consider the term swimming ability vsswimming skill vs water competence and the relationship between teaching swimming and preventing drowning.

Download a copy of the presentation from the Resources list (r). Click here to find out more about Professor Langendorfer.

Kevin Moran, Linda Quan, Richard Franklin, and Elizabeth Bennett. (2011).Where the Evidence and Expert Opinion Meet: A review of open-water recreational safety messages. IJARE, 2011, 5, 251-270 

Open water aquatic recreation is a significant cause of drowning, especially in developed countries that have easy access to aquatic environments. This paper examines the supporting evidence for the International Open Water Drowning Prevention Guidelines formed by the International Task Force on Open Water Drowning Prevention (18 experts from 12 countries) and released in 2010.

The full abstract and research can be accessed from the IJAREwebsite.

The Guidelines and rationale behind them can be found on our Community Safety page.

For further information on the Task Force visit the Seattle Children’s Hospital website

World Report On Child Injury Prevention 2008

This joint WHO / UNICEF report was released in December 2008 and presents the current knowledge about the five most important causes of unintentional injury – drowning, road traffic, burns, falls and poisoning – and makes recommendations for action.

A copy of the World Report is available from the Resources panel at right. We encourage you to visit the World Health Organisation website where there is a wealth of further information around the report.

ILSF World Drowning Report 2007

The International Life Saving Federation is a global, non-profit federation of over 100 national lifesaving organisations around the world.

SLSA National Coastal Safety Report 2007

Surf Life Saving Australia National Surf Safety Report including coastal deaths & coastal drownings from the SurfGuard database cross-referenced with media and coroners information.

Costs of Drowning – Injury in Western Australia (2003-2004)

The costs of accidental and near-drowning in Western Australia, a joint project between the Injury Prevention branch of the Dept of Health WA and the Injury Prevention Research Centre of the Univeristy of WA.

Drowning Report, NSW 2003

Report from the Royal Life Saving Society of Australia, NSW Branch.

Prevalence of Pools and Adequate Pool Fencing in the United States, 2001-2003

The objective of this study, by Julie Gilchrist and Karin Mack, was to estimate the proportion of U.S. households with access to a residential swimming pool and the prevalence of adequate pool fencing.

See also Pool Safety

Deaths and hospitalisations due to drowning, Australia 1999/00 – 2003/04

During this five year period an annual average of 370 people died in Australia as a result of drowning and an annual average of 618 we hospitalised. The report from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare is listed on the resources panel at right.

For more information contact Teresa Stanley