Exploring the delivery of swimming and water safety teacher training to culturally and linguistically diverse communities

Savage, Melissa Anne , and Franklin, Richard (2015) Exploring the delivery of swimming and water safety teacher training to culturally and linguistically diverse communities. International Journal of Aquatic Research and Education, 9 (3). 3. pp. 241-256.

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The dearth of information on the delivery of specific culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) programs presents a major limitation in the effort to prevent drowning, particularly when drowning rates of people from countries other than Australia are increasing. This study describes programs delivered by the aquatic industry for CALD communities in New South Wales (NSW), explores what CALD communities believe their water safety education needs are, and evaluates AUSTSWIM's current training methods to ascertain which is most effective when training candidates from CALD communities. We found an absence of specialized aquatic programs being run at aquatic facilities for CALD communities. Barriers to participation included a lack of understanding of the cultural perceptions toward water safety and the different emphasis on the need for swimming skills and water safety education. The likelihood of AUSTSWIM Teacher of Swimming and Water Safety candidates' having successful aquatic training outcomes increases with a combined learning approach that pairs meaningful practical applications with ongoing mentor support. Engagement of CALD communities' using these kind of water safety programs will be essential if Australia wants to reduce the drowning burden.

Item ID: 44096
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1932-9253
Keywords: teaching swimming; water safety; drowning; community education; AUSTSWIM
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Date Deposited: 23 May 2016 03:35
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111712 Health Promotion @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920409 Injury Control @ 100%
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