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This is your invitation

7th International Drowning Prevention and Rescue Conference

Killashee Hotel, Naas, Ireland Monday 29th August – Thursday 1st September 2016

COMMENTS FROM PREVIOUS PARTICIPANTS Professor Michael Tipton PhD (UK): “I am always happy to speak at one of your conferences: good people, great fun.” Professor Joost Bierens MD, PhD (Netherlands): “Your conference offers a most productive opportunity to meet and share ideas with other lifesavers.” Professor Linda Quan MD (USA): “Being surrounded by most of the world’s most committed, focused, and thoughtful experts on drowning and its prevention was the only thing that seemed real!”

HUMAN DROWNING RESPONSES The Lifesaving Foundation is bringing two world leading medical researchers to Ireland for our conference. Physiologist Professor Michael Tipton PhD (Essentials of Sea Survival & The Science of Beach Lifeguarding) and psychologist Dr. John Leach PhD (Survival Psychology) will speak on human physiological and psychological responses to cold water drowning situations.

Prof. Michael Tipton, PhD

- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - A copy of full conference brochure is available on the Lifesaving Foundation website at THE I AM NOT DROWNING PROJECT SEMINAR In drowning situations I am my own first line of protection against death and injury. I must either save myself or keep myself conscious and alive long enough to be rescued by others. The ‘I Am Not Drowning Project’ is investigating self-rescue strategies in a number of common drowning situations and will present discussion documents on the Monday afternoon. The two and a half hour I Am Not Drowning Seminar will welcome personal insights from conference participants.

Frank Golden MD, PhD & Michael Tipton PhD

John Leach, PhD

Dr. John Leach, PhD


1. Open our website Home Page 2. Click on the DONATE / PAYMENTS button. 3. Fill in the Conference Payment box 4. You can make a Secure Credit Card payment on-line; or pay via PayPal; pay by Credit Transfer 5. A payment receipt is automatically provided. 6. E-mail [email protected] for an invoice.

THE SURGEON ADMIRAL FRANK GOLDEN STUDENT SCHOLARSHIP PRESENTATIONS Commodore Hugh Tully, Flag Officer of the Irish Navy, will chair the Surgeon Admiral Frank Golden MD, PhD Memorial Student Scholarship presentations on the Wednesday morning. Six student drowning researchers from Ireland, United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom are scholarship recipients and will present on topics such as coastal drownings in Ireland, fatal versus non-fatal drownings in Canada, bystanders capacity to assess their own rescue ability in drowning situations, hypothermia risk to triathlon swimmers, the collection of drowning statistics, and lifeguard rescues in California. Surgeon Admiral Frank Golden MD, PhD.



You can attend conference sessions on Tuesday 30th and Wednesday morning 31st August at a special rate of €150. You can obtain a copy of the conference USB (containing all filmed presentations) for €50.

What is it like to find yourself in a life or death drowning situation as the drowning casualty, rescuer, or captain of a rescue ship? We are lucky to have three lifesavers share their personal and very different stories with us telling what it was like for them.

Conference Only €150 Conference & USB €200 All persons attending the conference are invited to attend the Ireland Medal Ceremony on the night of Monday 29th August (7.30 – 10.30pm) as guests of the Foundation. Apply to [email protected]

Cllr. Larry O’Brien

Cdr. Ken Minehane

Mr. Colm Plunkett










Mr. John Connolly Garda Drowning Rescues

Cdr. Kenneth Minehane Rescuing Refugees in the Mediterranean

Mr. Brendan Donohoe Who is the hero?

2.00 p.m. I Am Not Drowning Seminar

A Prof Kristin De Martelaer Capacity building in water safety education in Flanders

Surgeon Admiral Frank Golden Scholarships

Mrs. Christine Fonfe The challenges of stepping back a generation

4.30 p.m. Private Meeting of Lifesaving Foundation members

Prof. Joost Bierens MD PhD The Building Blocks for Drowning Research

Ms. Sarah Summerville Coastal drowning fatalities in Ireland, 2010-2013

Ms Torill Hindmarch Seeing Eye to Eye in methods of infant aquatics

Ms. Juanita Bueschleb Community engagement in solving drowning

Ms. Jane Saycell-Hall Risk of hypothermia in swimming events

Prof Stephen Langendorfer Examining water competence dynamically

7.15 p.m. (By invitation only*) IRELAND MEDAL CEREMONY

Mr. John Long The PARAMEDIC 2 Adrenalin Trial

Mr. William Koon Lifeguard rescues in Newport Beach, California

Mr Paolo Di Paola Shallow water blackouts

Presentation of Ireland Medal

Prof Michael Tipton PhD Surviving an immersion in cold water (physiology)

Ms. Tessa Clemens Non-fatal versus fatal drownings in Canada

Mr. Jim Spiers Safer 3 for children: Educate to end drowning


Dr. Kevin Moran PhD 50 Years a Lifeguard

Dr John Leach PhD Ms. Nicole Wiggins Surviving an immersion in cold water Bystanders’ perceptions of their capacity (psychology) to respond

A Prof Robert Stallman PhD The whole is greater than the sum of the parts

Director Chris Reynolds Irish Air Sea Rescue

Dr. Kevin Moran PhD Risk of Drowning - A wicked problem

Ms. Aoife Kervick An evidence base for drowning intervention in Ireland

Prof Hafþór Guðmundsson Can Icelandic swimming deliver able lifesavers?

8.45 p.m. BREAK

Prof. Linda Quan MD Predictors of drowning outcomes

Mr. Jonathon Webber The International Drowning Research Alliance

A Prof Jenny Blitvich PhD Shallow water diving spinal cord injury

9.15 p.m. SURVIVORS’ STORIES Minister John Halligan TD A Holiday Escape

Dr. Shayne Baker D. Prof. I’m a good swimmer and I won’t drown

Cllr Larry O’Brien, MCC Surviving a Disaster

Mr. Luis Pascual-Gomez Three years of drowning in Spain

Mr. Colm Plunkett Washed into the Ocean

Dr. Patrick Buck PhD Quality First Responder training in drowning

Mr G. Keith McElroy Swimming & Survival: Lessons from a major programme of change

Mr. Jonathon Webber Human factors in lifeguarding

MSc. Stephan Junggren (Denmark) “Inside the delivery of Danish school swimming – development, implementation and evaluation”

10.30 p.m. End of Ceremony INFORMAL ‘HELLO’ GATHERING




Ms Andrea Andrews How to read swimmers and inprove aquatic resilience Wing Cdr Michael Fonfe Duty of care and drowning in the tourist industry

CONFERENCE 2016 - SPEAKERS AND PRESENTATIONS IRELAND MEDAL CEREMONY MONDAY NIGHT 29th AUGUST Dr. Kevin Moran PhD 50 years a lifeguard Dr. Moran will deliver a reflective autobiographical presentation on his 50 years as a surf lifeguard. Kevin Moran has displayed long outstanding leadership and dedication to water safety and lifesaving involving his membership of International Life Saving’s Research and Information Committee; Cochairing the International Task Force on Open Water Drowning Prevention; being a founding member of both the New Zealand Drowning Prevention Council and WaterSafe Auckland. He has been a frontline surf lifeguard for almost 50 years. Director Chris Reynolds Irish Air Sea Rescue Director Reynolds will present an overview of the Irish Coast Guard’s air sea rescue service. Chris Reynolds’s retired from the Irish Navy in 1997 and joined the newly formed Irish Coast Guard as an Operations and Training Officer. He participated in the majority of Search and Rescue and Ship Casualty Incidents around the Irish Coast, often as On-Scene Incident Manager. He was appointed Director of the Irish Coast Guard in 2007. Larry O’Brien Surviving a Disaster – The Herald of Free Enterprise Tragedy Councillor O’Brien will outline what he and others thought and did when The Herald of Free Enterprise overturned in the North Sea. Cllr. Larry O’Brien MCC was a driver passenger on board the MS Herald of Free Enterprise when it sank in Zeebrugge, Belgium in March 1987. Larry not only saved himself but also saved the lives of 30 other passengers. Colm Plunkett Washed into the ocean Colm Plunkett will tell of his thoughts and actions awaiting rescue in a surf zone. Oncology nurse Colm Plunkett could easily have died by drowning on Sunday 23rd August 2015 when a large wave swept him into the ocean while he was fishing from rocks at an isolated location. Wearing a lifejacket, and knowing his 16 year old daughter was safe on land and had phoned for help, Colm still had to survive for 45 minutes in that deadly zone where the ocean crashes against a rocky shore.

TUESDAY 30th AUGUST 2016 John Connolly (Ireland) “Award Winning Irish Police Drowning Rescues” This presentation, based on a paper delivered in the Garda Training College, analyses Garda award citations identifying certain rescue characteristics specific to Irish police officers. John Connolly is a retired Primary School Principal. He has over 40 years lifesaving experience and is the Honorary Chief Executive Officer of The Lifesaving Foundation. He has had a long voluntary career within RLSS IRELAND and RLSS UK as a pool and beach lifeguard, lifeguard trainer/assessor, and as a branch officer. He has presented at many international conferences and published a number of papers and book articles on the topics “Why do swimmers drown?” and “Suicide by Drowning”. Assoc. Professor Kristine De Martelaer PhD (Belgium) “Capacity building through cooperation in water safety education in Flanders (Belgium)” Different swimming and lifesaving stakeholders in Belgium have shown growing interest in a common aquatic approach. There is an official collaboration with several organisations in order to increase the capacity of water competence didactics. Dr. Kristine De Martelaer was a participant in different aquatic sports: swimming, synchronized swimming, rescue swimming and open water swimming. Her master thesis (1988) focused on comparison of water and rescue skills for kids in different European countries. She is assistant professor at the Department of Movement and Sports Sciences of the “Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB)”. Professor Joost Bierens MD, PhD (Netherlands) “The Building Blocks for Drowning Research” Following the publication of Drowning (2nd edition Handbook on Drowning. 2014) what aspects of the hidden world drowning epidemic should researchers focus on? Professor Joost Bierens MD, PhD trained as an anesthesiologist and emergency physician. His scientific interest in water related injuries started when he worked as a professional lifeguard during medical school vacations. He was co-ordinating editor of both the ‘Handbook on Drowning’ (2006), and the handbook’s second edition ‘Drowning’ (2014). He is visiting professor at the Department of Emergency Medicine of the Vrije Uniiversiteit Brussels.

Ms Juanita Bueschleb (Canada) “Community engagement in solving drowning” Drowning prevention strategies and activities require local community engagement and participation to achieve success. This presentation explores successful Canadian models that are easy to replicate regardless of location. Recreation Supervisor for the City of Brampton, Canada, Juanita Bueschleb has been a practitioner in municipal recreation for over 30 years with a wide range of experience in programme development, delivery and support. She is a Past President of the Lifesaving Society Ontario and a Past President of the Drowning Prevention Research Centre Canada. John Long (United Kingdom) “The PARAMEDIC 2 Adrenalin trial” The PARAMEDIC 2 Trial is a randomised placebo controlled trial evaluating the safety and effectiveness of Adrenaline as a treatment for out of hospital cardiac arrests. John Long is a retired Senior Police Officer and Past Commonwealth Secretary of the Royal Life Saving Society. He is an RLSS Commonwealth Vice President and Patron of the Rashtriya Life Saving Society of India. John is a Member of the Paramedic 2 Adrenalin Trial Management Committee. Professor Michael Tipton PhD (United Kingdom) Surviving a sudden immersion in cold deep water Physiological Impact: How human bodies respond to drowning situations in cold water. Professional Michael Tipton PhD has spent 30 years working in the areas of thermoregulation, environmental and occupational physiology and is an acknowledged world expert in this field. He and his colleagues in Portsmouth University’s Extreme Environments Laboratory study the physiological and psychological responses to adverse environments and the selection, preparation and protection of those who enter such environments. Dr. John Leach PhD (United Kingdom) Surviving a sudden immersion in cold deep water Psychological Impact: How humans respond to emergency situations Dr. John Leach PhD is a Visiting Senior Research Fellow in survival psychology in Portsmouth University’s Extreme Environments Department and a recognised world expert in SERE (survival, evasion, resistance and extraction). He is a qualified military survival instructor in desert, jungle, arctic, polar, temperate, sea, conduct-after-capture and hostage survival (SERE).

Dr. Kevin Moran PhD (New Zealand) “Risk of Drowning: a wicked problem” Drowning is a complex, multifaceted phenomenon that has at its heart the way that humans interact with their aquatic environment. The theory of wicked problems was first used in the 1960s to describe difficult or insoluble problems that characteristically are contradictory, incomplete and constantly changing. Wicked problems usually have no clear solution, are socially complex, and hardly ever reside conveniently in the responsibility of one organisation. Dr. Kevin Moran is a Principal Lecturer in Physical Education at the Faculty of Education, University of Auckland. Kevin has had a lifelong commitment to drowning prevention as a researcher and an educator. He has been a frontline surf lifeguard for 50 years, still currently patrolling one of New Zealand’s rugged west coast beaches at Muriwai, near Auckland. Professor Linda Quan MD (USA) “Predictors of Drowning Outcomes” Can we predict drowning outcomes? What does published literature say they are? Can we use them? Professor Linda Quan, MD, is an emergency attending physician at Seattle Children’s Hospital and Professor in the Department of Paediatrics at the University of Washington’s School of Medicine. She has spent a large part of her career researching drowning, drowning prevention, and paediatric resuscitation. Dr Shayne Baker, D Prof. OAM (Australia) “I’m a Good Swimmer and I Won’t Drown” Dr. Baker will present research into the attitudes of people with swimming ability towards drowning risk. He will provide an insight into the attitudes of the public towards identifying dangers in an aquatic environment. Shayne Baker has over three decades of involvement in lifesaving in Australia and Asia. He has been a learner, a teacher, a national president, and an active lifeguard on the beach. He is the National Education & Training Advisor for the RLSSA and as member of the International Life saving federation’s Rescue Commission. Louis Miguel Pascual-Gomez (Spain) “Three Years of Drowning in Spain” This study collected data between 2013 – 2015 on drowning incidents and rescues in Spain with the aim of improving prevention and education of local population and tourists. Luis Miguel Pascual-Gomez is Technical Director of Segovia Lifesaving School and a member of the board of AETSAS (Spanish Association of Professional Lifesavers). Luis became a junior Lifeguard at the age of 12 and a professional Lifeguard at 17. In 1991

he participated in the first Spanish Professional Aquatic Lifesaving text book. He has produced several works on improving life saving teaching and techniques and early drowning detection. Dr Patrick Buck PhD REMT (Ireland) “The importance of quality First Responder training in the areas of drowning and cold water immersion” The majority of drowning and cold water incidents are initially managed by non medical bystanders. It is recognised that correct and appropriate care at this time is fundamental to a positive outcome. Dr. Patrick Buck PhD is a marine biologist, remote EMT and marine guide. He has a deep interest in wilderness and austere survival. In 2015 he published ‘A field guide for the treatment of drowning and cold water immersion incidents’. Jonathon Webber (New Zealand) “Lifeguards are only human: Human factors in lifeguarding” Human factors have, for many years, been a key component of what is taught to pilots and the military to help them understand how people react in a crisis; the intent being to improve their own performance in what is usually a high-stakes environment. This presentation provides a background to human factors in lifeguarding and suggests a range of antidotes to some of the most commonly encountered errors. Jonathon Webber is an Advanced Qualified Lifeguard and member of the Piha Surf Life Saving Club on Auckland’s West Coast and an Honorary Senior Clinical Tutor in the Department of Anaesthesiology at The University of Auckland. His voluntary roles include: Senior Advisor to Pakistan Aquatic Life Saving and Board Member for WaterSafe Auckland. He currently represents SLSNZ on the New Zealand Resuscitation Council and is a member of the International Life Saving federation’s Medical Committee. WEDNESDAY MORNING 31st AUGUST Commander Kenneth Minehane (Irish Navy) “Rescuing Refugees in the Mediterranean” Commander Ken Minehane spent the summers of 2015 off the coast of Libya serving as the Senior National Representative for Ireland on board the Irish Naval ship LÉ Niamh on a vital humanitarian mission - rescuing thousands of refugees fleeing from war-torn Africa and the Middle East. He will outline the challenges faced by refugees and by those dedicated to saving them from drowning. Commander Ken Minehane has served twice as captain of LÉ Orla and captained LÉ Niamh in 2010 on a tour to Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Mexico and the USA as part of a diplomatic mission. In 2014 he was first captain of the LÉ Samuel Beckett, the first of a new, larger type of fisheries patrol vessel. He has also served overseas with the United Nations in Liberia as part of the 92nd Infantry Battalion.

Sarah Summerville (National University of Ireland, Galway) Investigating coastal drowning fatalities in Ireland 2010-2013 ‘Each year, approximately 135 people die by drowning in the Republic of Ireland. There is growing recognition that coastal drownings are a significant health concern. A partnership between the statutory body Irish Water Safety, NUIG and the RNLI has supplemented official drowning data with additional sources and press reports that were used to produce and examine an enhanced coastal drowning data set for the years 2010 to 2013. This presentation discusses key trends that emerged from these analyses. Sarah Summerville is a Health Psychology post-graduate student in the School of Psychology, National University of Ireland, Galway. Jane Saycell (University of Portsmouth, United Kingdom) Risk of hypothermia for participants in swimming events Researchers tested 228 swimmers at 9 swimming and triathlon events in the United Kingdom and Canada. The ability and experience of those tested ranged from complete novices to elite marathon swimmers. The distances swum ranged from 750 metres to 32 kilometres. The presentation will contain details of test results and of the research conclusions. Jane Saycell is a PhD student in the Department of Sport and Exercise Science at the University of Portsmouth, United Kingdom. William Koon (University of Washington, USA) Trends in Ocean Drowning Events and Lifeguard Rescues in Newport Beach California There are few rigorous studies aimed at determining the degree to which lifeguards are effective in preventing drowning events in open water surf environments. This presentation outlines the first phase, descriptive analysis of a larger case crossover study on lifeguard effectiveness using data collected by the Newport Beach Lifeguard computer aided dispatch (CAD) system. William Anton Koon is a Masters in Public Health – Global Health student in the Department of Global Health, at the University of Washington, USA. Tessa Clemens (York University, Canada) The epidemiology of non-fatal drowning versus fatal drowning in Canada Estimates of the ratio of non-fatal to fatal drowning vary widely with non-fatal incidents reported to be between two (2) and fifty (50) times more common than fatal drowning incidents. Despite the fact that non-fatal drowning is a significant cause of morbidity (injury) from water related incidents there is notably less information on its incidence. A retrospective case control study was conducted examining the characteristics of non-fatal versus fatal drownings in Canada. Tessa Clemens is a postgraduate student in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Science, York University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Nicole Wiggins (University of Portsmouth, United Kingdom) Trained and untrained bystanders perceptions of their capacity to respond in a drowning emergency The Aquatic Victim Instead of Rescuer Syndrome (AVIR) is a persistent cause of mortality worldwide yet little is known about why bystanders drown. The presentation will report on an investigation into trained and untrained bystander’s perceptions of immersion behaviours, providing baseline empirical evidence of contributing factors placing potential rescuers at risk. Nicole Wiggins has just completed an M.Sc in Sport and Exercise Psychology with the Department of Sport and Exercise Science at the University of Portsmouth, United Kingdom. Aoife Kervick (National University of Ireland, Galway) Establishing an evidence base for drowning interventions in Ireland On average, 135 drowning fatalities occur in the Republic of Ireland (ROI) each year, with rates exceeding 400,000 worldwide, rendering drowning a significant global health problem. International best practice calls for the use of evidence-based interventions to prevent drowning deaths. This presentation provides an overview of a project intended to improve the scope and quality of drowning data available in the ROI to facilitate intervention design. A partnership between the statutory body Irish Water Safety, NUIG and the RNLI has supplemented official drowning data with additional sources and press reports that were used to produce and examine an enhanced coastal drowning data set for the years 2010 to 2013. Aoife Kervick is undertaking a Research PhD in the School of Psychology, National University of Ireland, Galway. Jonathon Webber (New Zealand) The International Drowning Research Alliance (IDRA) The International Drowning Researcher Alliance (IDRA) is an international scientific network devoted to all aspects of the use of quantitative and qualitative methods in drowning research to promote safety in and around water environments. Jonathon will provide a short overview of IDRA and what it offers new researchers. Jonathon Webber has authored and co-authored several journal articles, textbook chapters and national surf life saving policies. He has presented and published work on drowning detection and response, lifeguard perception and performance of CPR, leisure-related injuries at NZ beaches, and airway management, first aid training and resuscitation in the aquatic environment.

in lifesaving and lifeguarding as a teacher, examiner, a lifeguard trainer / assessor and administrator. He holds Honorary Life Membership of both Royal Life Saving Society (UK) and the Royal Life Saving Commonwealth Society. A founding member of The Lifesaving Foundation he has served as chairperson since 2010 and has presented papers at a number of international conferences. Mrs. Christina Fonfe MBE (United Kingdom and Sri Lanka) “Drowning Prevention: the Challenge of Stepping Back a Generation” This study examines the differences, challenges and outcomes of teaching large numbers of adults in communities where swimming has never taken place before. Christina Fonfe, MBE, is a nurse by profession and the joint proprietor of Easy Beach Guest House, Ahangama, Sri Lanka. She is founder / director of The Sri Lanka Women’s Swimming Project from 2005. Initially giving free swimming lessons to children in refugee camps until she discovered that very few adults in Sri Lanka can swim and that 80% of those who drowned in the tsunami were women and children. Christina’s programme follows the principle of “Float-and- Breathe First, then Swim”. Those with the most aptitude are also trained for free as swimming teachers to fully internationally recognized certificate standards. M/s Torill Hindmarch (Norway) “Seeing Eye to Eye in Methods of Infant Aquatics” This presentation takes a look at baby swimming from a drowning prevention perspective that also is tailored to their physical and social maturation. Learning and communication are closely related with parents encouraged to let their baby take the lead during aquatic activities. We want to focus on what skills the baby or toddler needs, here and now, but at the same time letting the baby show us the way to achieve this. Torill was born in London but now lives near Oslo. She has been involved in lifesaving since 1971 and has had experience with baby and toddler swimming since 1976. Since 1981 she pioneered infant aquatics in Norway. Her promotion of interactive methods and gentle approach to water familiarization has gained international recognition. For this work, she received the Virginia Hunt Newman award in 2014. As a volunteer, Torill helped to establish lifesaving sport in Norway, been a national coach and has headed the Norwegian Life Saving Society’s sports committee as well as serving on the baby swimming committee for many years.

Director of the School of Human Movement, Sport, and Leisure Studies and Professor, Exercise Science (formerly Kinesiology), at Bowling Green State University, Ohio, USA. He is the author of numerous scholarly publications in motor development, developmental aquatics and measurement and evaluation, including coauthoring ‘Aquatic Readiness: Developing Water Competence in Young Children’ (1995) and the founding editor for the International Journal in Aquatic Research and Education (IJARE). Currently he serves as a member of the Red Cross’s Scientific Advisory Council (aquatic sub-council) that reviews and provides evidenced-based science in support of Red Cross programmes. He is the 2013 recipient of the Ireland Medal. Mr. Paolo Di Paola (Italy & Ireland) “Shallow Water Black Outs” The danger of Shallow Water Black Outs is often underestimated by swimmers, swimming teachers, coaches, lifeguards and pool staff in general even though they can have, and indeed do have, fatal consequences. The presentation will outline the physiological reasons behind these black outs and explain why they are so dangerous and can lead to a swimmer’s death. Paolo Di Paola has been involved in swimming for over 40 years, as a swimmer, swimming teacher, and coach of both adults and children. He has worked with Aer Lingus Swimming Club since 2007 after moving to Ireland in 2005. As a coach he has extensive experience in the field of swimming skills acquisition, in developing Age Group Swimmers, and has been Performance Manager and Assistant Coach of the Irish National Youth Squad in 2012/2013. Mr. Jim Spiers (USA) “The Safer 3 curriculum for children: Educate to Eliminate Drowning” The presentation will outline how the Safer 3 classroom curriculum and its tool box can get families involved in drowning prevention and learning about their own risk in, on and around water. Jim Spiers is a lifelong professional in all aspects of swimming and water safety instruction. In collaboration with two-time Olympic gold medallist Catherine Fox, he created the a learn-to-swim programme combining early childhood development and the latest Olympiclevel stroke and body positioning technique. He founded SwimJim in 1998. In 2004, Jim became a founding board member of the Safer 3 Water Safety Foundation a non-profit focused on drowning prevention education and assumed the presidency 2012.

THURSDAY 1st SEPTEMBER Mr. Brendan Donohoe (Ireland) “Who is the Hero?” This presentation will consider how the relationship between rescuer and casualty is linked to the rescue method used by rescuers.

Professor Stephen Langendorfer PhD (USA) “Examining water competency dynamically” This presentation will focus not just on the basic competency skills required for drowning prevention, but also on how each unique aquatic environment poses a different challenge.

Brendan Donohoe has had a long voluntary career

Professor Stephen J. Langendorfer, PhD., is

Professor (Em) Robert Stallman PhD (Norway & Tanzania) “The whole is greater than the sum of the parts” What might still be missing even when all essential water competencies have been learned? What is the X-Factor? How can building this X-Factor into teaching, further prevent drowning? How to

build combined competencies and create simulated emergency scenarios which integrate the recommended competencies. Why the glue that holds the individual competencies together is missing when we approach these competencies one at a time and how and why they must be combined. Dr. Robert Stallman has a long lifetime involvement in many aquatic activities. He has coached and taught in six different countries. He is especially interested in learning to swim as a drowning prevention intervention, lifesaving education of the general public, lifeguard training, movement analysis of lifesaving techniques, public water safety awareness, etc. Ass. Professor Hafþór B. Guðmundsson (Iceland) “Is the Icelandic Swimming Curriculum Strong Enough to Deliver Able Lifesaving Students?” The Icelandic school curriculum has for many years been believed to deliver strong swimmers out of the elementary school system. The University of Iceland (Physical Education and Health Studies) is undertaking extensive research on swimming ability of school children in grade 4 and 7. The research will give new information towards standards to look for in the search of a new definition for being able to swim and ability to save one self from drowning. Professor Hafþór B. Guðmundsson is Department Head, Sports and Health Sciences, University of Iceland. He served as Icelandic National & Olympic Coach for some years. He is the chairman of newly established drowning prevention federation “Iceland Lifesaving”. Assoc. Professor Jenny Blitvich PhD (Australia) “Changing Practice: Translating research to prevent shallow water diving spinal cord injury.” Water-related spinal cord injuries (SCI) make a major contribution to the incidence of catastrophic spinal cord injury throughout the world. Almost without exception, injured persons indicate they were unaware of the risk of spinal cord injury prior to the incident that resulted in their SCI and that likewise, they were unaware of skills that could mitigate this risk. This presentation will outline the research process undertaken to identify characteristics of high risk dive entries as performed by recreational level swimmers; the intervention programme developed to enhance skills for improved dive safety; and the outcomes of the evaluation of this intervention. Associate Professor Jenny Blitvich is Deputy Head, School of Health Sciences and Psychology at Federation University Australia. Her background is in Human Movement and Sport Science. Her PhD investigated the Prevention of Shallow Water Diving Injury. She is considered Australia’s leading expert in shallow water diving injury prevention. Jenny has collaborated with a range of aquatic stakeholders in translating evidence based research findings into practice.

Andrea Andrews MSc, (United Kingdom) “How to read swimmers and improve their aquatic resilience” In drowning situations it is clear that being able to swim is not always enough to save one self or others. Sometimes we must support others alongside us or at a distance in the water. This presentation aims to show how to draw upon universal information through close aquatic observation and interaction with swimmers in safe water conditions. Andrea Andrews was an engineering geologist for 9 years and has been an ASA Level 2 swimming teacher for 11 years with specialist training in conquering aquatic fear as an MSI instructor. She works as a swimming teacher for GLL (Greenwich) and runs a business partnership with Mrs Zoe Cheale called A2Z Swim. Her articles are regularly published in the Swimming Times. W/C Michael Fonfe MBE, Sri Lanka Women’s Swimming Project (United Kingdom & Sri Lanka) “Duty of Care and Drowning in the Tourist Industry” This paper examines attitudes to Duty of Care in the field of drowning prevention in the high end market of tropical villas, boutique hotels and four-five star holiday resorts. British Wing Commander Michael Fonfe´ MBE, was born in Africa, is a Trustee of the Sri Lanka Women’s Swimming Project and has presented papers on drowning prevention to the tourist industry. He retired from the RAF in 2000 to tutor undergraduates how to overcome dyslexia and dyscalculia. A latecomer into swimming instruction in 2006, he formalized the concept of instinctive survival skills for beginner swimmers into a Safe-to-Swim Passport. Michael is a co-enthusiast with Christina of drowning prevention through teaching people to Float-andBreathe first, then Swim, pioneering the 10 minute float and 100m swim as the minimum level of aquatic competence. Mr. G. Keith McElroy (Australia) “Swimming, survival and the drowning burden: a reflection on lessons from a major national programme of change.” In 1982, a radically different swimming and survival teaching program was developed by the Royal Life Saving Society Australia (RLSSA) and adopted by major teaching organisations in each Australian State and Territory. This presentation reflects on the need and motivation for the change, the key new themes and methodologies, the implementation strategies to gain adoption by various bodies. The 34 year time interval allows us to evaluate the strategy of teaching to mainly school aged children (the optimum learning years) the skills and attitudes required for their protection as young adults (the greatest ‘at risk’ years). Keith McElroy is a Senior Research Associate in the Faculty of Health at Federation University, Australia, where he has worked for over 30 years in biomechanics and aquatics.

His research interests range from the application of biomechanics to competitive swim performance through to water safety. He was the inaugural National Technical Director of the Royal Life Saving Society – Australia (RLSSA), from 198083 and the original author of their publication Swimming and Lifesaving. He introduced self rescue via a “Swim & Survive” programme which had a major influence on the approach to learn to swim programmes in Australia. He was the first appointed National Coaching Director for Swimming Australia, in 1980, and also coached competitive swimming from the early 1960s until 2007. MSc. Stephan Junggren (Denmark) “Inside the delivery of Danish school swimming – development, implementation and evaluation” The Learning to Swim project focuses on the development, implementation and evaluation of new and innovative types of swimming lesson models that promote efficient learning of basic swimming skills. MSc. Stephan is project manager and research assistant at The Research and Innovation Centre for Human Movement and Learning at The University of Southern Denmark. He works with a research project on how to improve swimming skills among children in the Danish municipal primary and lower secondary school called “Learning to Swim”. This project includes more than 1,000 children and around 30 schools around the country. Stephan teaches swimming for bachelor students across a range of aquatic topics. Furthermore, he works with sport psychology, cultural leadership and talent development.

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