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Volume 11, Number 2 (October 2018) The Lifesaving Foundation Conference 2018 Booklet of Abstracts

Introduction to Booklet of Abstracts 2018

The Lifesaving Foundation (formerly the Irish Lifesaving Foundation) sponsors an international conference every two years including the most-recently concluded Drowning Prevention and Rescue Research 2018 conference (September 10-13) at the Glenroyal Hotel in Maynooth, County Kildare (northwest of Dublin), Ireland.

Thirty presentations by aquatic and law enforcement experts from nine different countries focusing on drowning prevention and rescue research were made over the three and one-half days. Ten presentations came from Irish presenters; eight presentations were from the U.K. (including Northern Ireland); three presenters each came from the U.S. and Australia; two from Belgium, and one each from Italy, Lesotho, Norway, and Spain.

The Lifesaving Foundation decided to accept my invitation to publish the presenters abstracts along with the covers and inside materials as a "special issue" (Vol. 11, Issue 2) of the International Journal of Aquatic Research and Education. Both the Lifesaving Foundation and presenters were pleased to have their written summaries of their presentations available online to an international audience through IJARE.

The published abstracts were not officially blind-reviewed as are all other papers published in IJARE, but they were edited and revised at least twice by the Executive Director of the Lifesaving Foundation, John Connolly, and again by myself in preparing them for publication. We hope you find them interesting and valuable.

Readers of this online abstract booklet should be aware that another "special issue" of fully blind-reviewed full length papers from the Lifesaving Foundation 2018 Conference will be appearing in December 2018. Special issue editors, Richard Franklin (AUS), Kristine DeMartelaer (BELG), and Robert Stallman (NOR), will be responsible for assisting me with this special issue. I invite readers to look for these full length papers on drowning prevention and rescue research near the end of 2018.

Front Matter

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Abstracts

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Wearing Life Jackets While Swimming in Open Water
Elizabeth "Tizzy" Bennett and Linda Quan MD

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Narratives of Drowning - Exploring Family and Community Resilience
John S.G. Wells Ph.D., M. Bergin, John Connolly, and S. Denieffe

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Investigating Drowning Deaths in the United Kingdom
Paul Anderson Chief Superintendent

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Effective Water Competence Training for School-Aged Children: Teaching Strategies for Skills, Knowledge, and Attitudes
Kristine De Martelaer Ph.D.; E. D'Hondt; J. Van Driel; F. Bardid; and Joost J.L.M. Bierens MD, Ph.D., Professor

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Investigating Drownings in Australia
Paul Reynolds Senior Constable

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How to Help People Float
Andrea Andrews B.Sc., M.Sc.

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Guiding Principles: Applying Water Competence to Drowning Prevention
Stephen J. Langendorfer Ph.D., Kevin Moran Ph.D., and Robert Keig Stallman Ph.D.

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Visitor Drownings in Spain 2013-2018
Luis Miguel Pascual Gomez, Diego Garcia Ph.D., Alfonso de la Vega, and Dario Pascual Garcia

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An Analysis of Rescue Reports from The Netherlands
Brendan Donohue B.Sc., M.Sc. and Joost J.L.M. Bierens MD, Ph.D., Professor

Back Matter

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