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World Conference on Drowning Prevention 2013

The fourth ILS World Conference took place in Potsdam - Germany. It was organised by the German Life Saving Federation (DLRG) under the guidance of its President, Dr. Klaus Wilkens PhD.


All Abstracts can be found here

The Conference Papers were archived in the ILS Library by author, year, event. They can also be found sorted by stream underneath.

Conference Streams were:

Keynotes - World Collaboration


018 The National Drowning Prevention Alliance: A National Approach to Drowning Prevention
Tyson, K.
019 Prevention through the Application of a Facility Admission Standard
Shane, M.
020 Risk assessment and human risk behavior - Hazards vs. risks
Bech, E.
021 Watch Around Water - An Industry Response
Nimmo, L.
022 Deaths from drowning among 0-4 aged children for a period of five years in Turkey
Turgut, T.
023 Women as the Influencer Campaign to Promote Lifejacket Wearing Amongst Men
Byers, B.
024 Teaching Pre-Teens to Keep Themselves and Their Friends Safe While their Brain is „Under Construction”
Byers, B.
025 Assessing the risk of drowning at sea: UK case study
Wright, M.
026 High risk water entries: Jumping to (fatal) conclusions?
Moran, K.
027 Strengthening partnership to promote survival swimming program for rural school children
Laosee, O.
028 The Water Safety Check (WSC)
Müller, C.; Herzig, E.
029 Managing Change through a Paradigm Shift : The Australian Rip Current Campaign Experience
Bradstreet, A.; Sherker, S.; Thompson, M.
030 Water Safety Education for Children
Cooper, Z.
031 Public rescue equipment - The Ringbouy as a lifesaver
O‘Sullivan, M.
032 Utilising the media to promote water safety
Sweeney, R.
033 Legislate or Educate – promoting the wearing of lifejackets
Sweeney, R.
034 Educating and Marketing To At Risk Group
Sweeney, R.
035 SLSNSW - Dangerous Surf Warning System
Storey, D.
037 Collecting drowning data. The what, the how, pitfalls and future actions
Franklin, R.C.
038 Preventing children from drowning in home swimming pools
Franklin, R.C.; Peden, A.; Watt, K.; Leggat, P.
039 Exploration of underlying medical conditions in child (0-19 years) drowning deaths and possible prevention strategies
Franklin, R.C.; Peden, A.; Pearn, J.H.; Watt, K.; Wallis, B.; Leggat, P.; Kimble, R.
040 Equipping youth with skills for life
Willcox, S.
041 An Ethnic Perspective of Water Safety Education and Prevention in Aotearoa/New Zealand
Brunt, A.
042 A Paradigm Shift in Life Saving: A UK Perspective
Nelson, C.
043 „Vision Zero”: no more drowning victims among children in Switzerland
Wenger, L.; Müller, C.; Brügger, O.
045 Learning’s from a Grass Roots Campaign to Reduce Drowning in the UK
Standley, D.
046 A water safe municipality
Levin, K.
047 Child drowning prevention in Thailand
Gerdmongkolgan, S.; Ekchaloemkiet, S.
048 Drowning Statistics in Germany
Mohr, D.
049 Using analytical software to help manage a nation’s drowning preventative campaigns
Leech, J.
050 Evaluation of child drowning prevention in Thailand
Ekchaloemkiet, S.; Gerdmongkolgan, S.
051 Child drowning prevention in Europe: Putting evidence into practice
Vincenten, J.; MacKay, M.
052 Breaking Cultural Barriers to Asian Women Swimming
Fonfe, C.
053 Do drowning rescue reports reflect the incidence of drowning in The Netherlands ?
Bierens, J.J.L.M.; Briët, E.; Vasseur, P.
054 Silent drowning - a prevention movie
Zbinden, M.
055 Child drowning and Swim learning in rural Bangladesh
Biswas, A.; Rahman, A.; Hossain, M.J.; Rahman, F.
056 Analysis of prevention programs in the field of water safety implemented in Poland
Kurylczyk, A.; Telak, J.; Zalewski, T.
057 „Swim N Survive“ Programme by RLSS (India)
Sharma, K.
058 Behind the Scenes: Water Related Fatalities Research in Canada
Dalke, S.
059 Swim to Survive: The Effects of Lifesaving Society Korea for Drowning Prevention
Shin, E.
060 Mae Shee Loy nam - No more drown for our children, our people and our world...
Suvanprakorn, A.
061 Drowning prevention in the community
Iamsomang, K.
062 Perception of drowning in kenya and attitudes attributed to death by drowning
Kania, J.
063 Assessment of Lifesaving Development in Kenya
Kania, J.
064 „Todos al agua“- An intervention towards a comprehensive education on aquatic accidents prevention.
Fungi, G.
065 Four children below 14 years-old die every day by drowning in Brazil: How are we fighting against this catastrophe?
Szpilman, D.
067 Water Safety Project Sri Lanka Red Cross Society - Gampaha
Gamage, R.
068 Drowning prevention strategies in Kenya
Imbira, B.Alielo
069 The Exit Problem: Do swimmers drown because they cannot exit the water?
Connolly, J.
070 The risk of drowning in Italy: knowledge to prevent
071 One size does not fit all: mainstreaming a participatory approach in the design of drowning prevention interventions
Mecrow, T.Stefan
072 Putting lives on the line: Rock fisher attitudes and behaviour in Victoria, Australia
Birch, R.; Roberts, J.
073 Water Safety in the Australian Outback!
Nimmo, L.; Hassell, C.
074 The challenge of up-scaling – collecting data in rural areas
Mecrow, T.Stefan; Graham, D.
075 Open Water Wisdom Campaign to reach Rural and Remote Youth
Dalke, S.; Costade, B.Kusyanto
076 Drowning prevention programs implemented in Bulgarian schools
Antova, M.; Natalia, S.
077 Public rescue equipment in New Urban Landscape
Åkersten, L.Erik; Peters, M.
078 Video Survey on People’s Perceptions about the Most Impacting Messages that Raise Awareness and Change Attitude Against Drowning
Szpilman, D.; Avramidis, S.
Zbinden, M.; Binaghi, P.

Swimming Education

082 The First Time Problem
Connolly, J.
083 „Lifeguard Junior“ Program- The use of creative and cognitive teaching styles to develop educative competences on Aquatic activities for Prevention.
Ortiz, A.
084 Swimming and water safety education - an Australian Perspective
King, M.
085 AUSTSWIM Indigenous and CALD Community Training
King, M.
086 Changes Over Swim Lessons in Parents’ Perceptions of Children’s Supervision Needs in Drowning Risk Situations
Sandomierski, M.; Sandomierski, M.; Spence, J.
087 Mind the gap!! Real and perceived swimming competencies in the context of drowning prevention
Moran, K.
088 Swimming to water competency to water safety: What are we promoting? What should we be teaching?
Quan, L.; Moran, K.
089 Swimming for Safety: Hue Help‘s Rural Swimming Programme in Vietnam
Burt, D.
090 ILSF statement on basic aquatic survival skills – is it applicable?
Graham, D.; Mecrow, T.Stefan
091 Practice using e-learning platform in educational process instructors of swimming
Skaliy, A.; Skaliy, T.; Rudniewski, J.
093 Benchmarking Children’s swimming and water safety skills
Franklin, R.C.; Peden, A.; Hodges, S.
094 Drowning prevention through enhancement of school swimming opportunities: a reaction to the Amateur Swimming Association’s School Swimming Manifesto
Melville, S.
095 Nile Swimmers and uSwim: Achieving scale using mobile technology
Mecrow, T.Stefan; Folley, N.
096 AUSTSWIM Indigenous Training 2 years on
Savage, M.
097 The State of Swimming Skills in New Zealand and Combating Their Decline
Brunt, A.
098 Sink or Swim: a programmatic response to drowning trends in Victoria
Simpson, K.; Matthews, B.L.; Birch, R.; Laird, M.; Hebblewhite, R.
099 Self-rescue in cold water – Nordic conditions
Melbye, M.
100 Quantifying the Increased Challenge to Swimming Skill Imposed by Clothing
Stallman, R.Keig; Laakso, B.W.; Hornemann, E.
101 Learning & Teaching Swimming: The evidence of time, place and a good teacher – examples from Norway
Dahl, D.
102 Self-Rescue and Baby Swimming: Combining the child`s perspective with a drowning prevention intention.
Hindmarch, T.E.
103 Children’s interest in participating SwimSafe program result from largest drowning prevention program in Bangladesh.
Hossain, M.J.; Rahman, A.; Rahman, F.; Mashreky, S.R.; Mecrow, T.Stefan
105 Swimming School for all. Increase water safety through education of bilingual swimming teachers
Levin, K.; Wernesten, M.Lisa
106 Staying afloat: Addressing a lack of swimming ability in Victorian children
Birch, R.; Matthews, B.L.; Simpson, K.
107 Swimming as a part pf physical education in the Danish primary - and Lower secondary school
Holmen, P.
108 Learning of rescue technique saved child lives in rural Bangladesh-Review case studies
Biswas, A.; Rahman, A.; Hossain, M.J.; Rahman, F.
109 Can You Swim? Project: Evaluation of perceived and real water safety skills of children and adolescents aged 5–16 years old
Queiroga, A.C.; Blitvich, J.D.; McElroy, K.G.; Moran, K.; Fernandes, R.J.; Soares, S.
110 Drowning Prevention through swimming teaching - The unique Icelandic system
Gudmundsson, H.
111 The skill level of swimming beginners – past, present and perspective …
Beise, D.; Rehn, H.
112 Swimming and Water Safety Programs for children between 5 and 14 years old in Australia: Survey of swim school managers, swimming teachers and parent‘s perceptions
Peden, A.; Savage, M.; Queiroga, A.C.; Scarr, J.P.; Larsen, P.; Sturt, S.
113 Definition concerning swimming ability and drowning rates
Gudmundsson, H.; Vienola, R.
114 Finnish Baby Swimming
Grönlund, M.; Soini, T.
115 Knowledge management: Survival swimming program by using mobile pool in primary
Sakunrak, S.
116 Water Safety Education Proposal
McQueen, L.A.

Lifesaving Education

118 A Model to Help Prevent Shallow Water Blackout in Swimming Pools
Griffiths, R.; Griffiths, T.
119 Escape and Rescue from Submerged Vehicles
Tyson, K.
120 Research for the Development of Lifesaving Education
Seghers, G.
121 Willingness to administer mouth-to-mouth ventilation by rural villagers in Bangladesh
Mecrow, T.Stefan
122 Creating a Universal Drowning Chain of Survival: Need and Evaluation
Szpilman, D.; Løfgren, B.; Webber, J.; Quan, L.; Bierens, J.J.L.M.; Morizot-Leite, L.A.; Langendorfer, S.J.
123 Waterwised Education
Ramharai, P.
124 Life Saving and Water Safety Education Program for Children who live in rural communities in Sri Lanka
Nanayakkara, A.
125 Barefoot kick speed in rescue towing
Queiroga, A.C.; Queiroga, A.C.; Abraldes, J.A.; Stallman, R.Keig; Fernandes, R.J.; Soares, S.
126 The review of the RLSS UK Senior Lifesaving Awards Programme, and the inclusion of Lifesaving Sport as an integral element of every lifesavers development
Dunn, M.
127 Implementing eLearning in lifesaving education: Some lessons learnt from SLSA
Harvey, O.
128 Development of a new lifesaving award - the Silver Medallion Aquatic Rescue
Teale, A.; Thompson, M.
129 Children’s Lifesaving School
Levin, K.; Wernesten, M.Lisa
130 Using Lifeguard Audits to Improve Scanning and Emergency Response Teamwork
White, J.
131 The impact of continuous formation in lifeguard operations
Tadeia, A.
132 Teaching Swimming and Life Saving at Open Water Venues
Grath, B.Mc; O‘Neil, S.
133 Lifesaving Education in Uganda
Mukasa, G.William; Kania, J.; Ddamulira, A.
134 Life Saving and Water Safety in Sri Lanka
Nanayakkara, A.
135 The American Red Cross Volunteer Lifesaving Corps: 100 Years of Lifesaving
Schmidt, A.; Duffy, M.; Sempsrott, J.
136 When is it time to take your clothes off?
Donohoe, B.
137 PRIDE in Education
Simo, P.
138 Acute stretches stretches at the performance of 25 meters swimming crawl in style on lifeguards
Szpilman, D.; Filho, P.Nunes Cost; de Almeida, M.Tadeu; Marques, C.Araújo; de Oliveira, M.Pinheiro; Martins, F.Braga; Santos, J.Paulo Mene; Palma, A.
139 Operation ALIVE: Prevention of Vehicle Submersion Drownings
Giesbrecht, G.

Pool Safety

Scuba and Rescue Diving

Rescue Boat Driving

Risk Assesment

Water Rescue Services

176 Development of efficient lifesaving report system in Japan
Kazama, T.
177 Patch and dispatch: The role of surf lifeguards in the provision of first aid on New Zealand Beaches
Moran, K.
178 Rip current related drowning deaths and rescues in Australia 2004-2011
Brighton, B.; Sherker, S.; Brander, R.; Thompson, M.; Bradstreet, A.
179 Predictive Index for Dangerous Rip Current Generation at Haeundae Beach, Korea
Lee, J.
180 Analysis of Unintentional Drowning Incidents of Visitors at Lake Mead National Recreation Area, 2000-2012: Identifying Priorities for Prevention and Planning
Sempsrott, J.; Gordon, H.R.D.; .D, E.; Hinson, M.; Paulson, A.
181 Back to basics: Developing a beach lifeguard training program for the low-resource environment
Mecrow, T.Stefan; Wills, S.
182 Measurements of Swimmer Response in Rip Currents
Brander, R.; McCarroll, R.J.; Turner, I.L.; MacMahan, J.H.; Bradstreet, A.
183 A water Rescue controlled trial: What is the best rescue equipment for a lifeguard to use based on different surf/water conditions?
Szpilman, D.; Barcala-Furelos, R.
184 Lifeguard Rescue Reporting System
Fielding, R.R.
185 From reactive to proactive – building capacity within Sudanese Civil Defence
Graham, D.
186 Surf–Lifeguard Preemployment Test: 16 years of comparative Data
Martinez, C.
187 Experiences of swimmers caught in rip currents
Brander, R.; Howes, D.Dominey; Sherker, S.; Drozdzewski, D.; Shaw, W.; Roberts, A.
188 Guidelines for water rescue on water based events
Bothe, J.
189 Swiftwater rescue - A special task to German lifeguard
Bothe, J.
190 Generation of Rip Current under Calm Sea Condition around Coastal Structures
Ishikawa, T.
191 Rip Current Education: An evidence based approach to inform targeted prevention programmes
Woodward, E.; Russell, P.; Beaumont, E.; Macleod, R.
192 Revising a Lifeguarding Program - Case Study Canada
Smith, P.
193 Education of Senior Life Guards in the DLRG and Normal Operational Procedures on DLRG Life Saving Stations
Brandt, J.
194 Rip current hazards on large tidal beaches
Scott, T.; Austin, M.; Masselink, G.; Russell, P.; Dawes, P.
195 The Need for First Responders to be Trained and Equipped to Perform Domestic Animal Rescue
Tysom, K.
196 A Prospective Analysis of Lifeguard Medical Team Interventions in Ecuador during 2011 Carnaval
Sempsrott, J.; Schmidt, A.; .O., D.; Moriarty, A.; .S., B.; Slattery, D.
197 Lifeguarding, a Portuguese reality
Springer, L.
198 Emergency Medical Service Activation For Drowning Incidents in Lake Mead National Recreation Area 2008-2011
Sempsrott, J.; Hodnick, R.; Rufin, K.; Berkeley, R.; Slattery, D.
199 Resuscitation experience identified by Focus Group Studies
Moen, S.; JP, Bvd; M, B.; RM, H.; MWJ, P.; Bierens, J.J.L.M.
200 Ocean drowning reports and associated weather and ocean conditions
Paxton, C.; Collins, J.M.
201 An analysis of 508 lifeguard rescues at King County, Washington, public park beaches from 2008-2012
Quan, L.
202 Analysis of rescue operations with the use of personal watercraft on the Polish coast
Friedenberger, J.
203 Wilderness Lifeguard Training
White, J.

Sea Rescue

Disaster Prevention and Rescue

Medical Aspects

224 Breath-Holding - Physiology, Hazards and Community Education
Pollock, N.
225 Drowning and first aid procedures in rural Bangladesh- a qualitative study on community perceptions on the practice of CPR
Sinclair, S.
226 Developing first responder training programme to prevent child drowning in a rural community in Bangladesh: Is it feasible?
Rahman, A.; Mecrow, T.Stefan; Mashreky, S.R.; Hossain, S.Jamal; Scarr, J.P.; Linnan, M.; Rahman, F.
228 Supraglottic airway devices in a Lifeguard service
Morgan, P.
229 Role of Hyperventilation in the drowning process
Morgan, P.
230 Sudden death whilst swimming - the cardiac channelopathies
Handley, A.J.
233 New Tools for In-Water and Under-Water Ventilation of a Drowning Victim: The EMX-SCUBA and a gas powered self-purging underwater suction system
DuCanto, J.; Winkler, B.E.; Eff, A.Magdalena; Eff, S.; Ehrmann, U.; Koch, A.; Kähler, W.; Muth, C.M.
234 Efficacy of a novel rescue-tube utility for in-water resuscitation
Lungwitz, Y.; Nussbaum, B.; DuCanto, J.; Koch, A.; Kähler, W.; Georgieff, M.; Muth, C.M.; Winkler, B.E.
236 Submersion accidents-Emergency Medicin-Intensiv Care and Prevention
Jost, U.
237 Should we have AEDs at swimming pools?
Handley, A.J.
238 Management of a Suspected Spinal Injury by a First Responder – An Evidence Based Review
Hood, N.
239 Use of supraglotic airway devices
Adelborg, K.; Løfgren, B.
240 Drowning victims of retirement age in Australia
Peden, A.; Pearn, J.H.
241 Ventilation with Boussignac CPAP in drowning syndrome
Ristori, R.
242 Bloodborne Pathogen Exposure Control for Lifeguards and Lifesavers
Manino, L.
243 Increasing Automated External Defibrillator (AED) Survival Rates
Brown, C.
244 Infrared ear thermometry in water-related accidents – not a good choice
Ehrmann, U.; Shank, E.; Hauser, B.; Radermacher, P.; Groeger, M.; Muth, C.M.
245 Association of water temperature and Association between water temperature, submersion duration and drowning outcome
Quan, L.; Mack, C.D.; Schiff, M.


248 International Internal Noise Lifeguard Study
Griffiths, R.
249 An accessible drowning database: The new searchable web-based application for drowning incidents in Canada
Byers, B.
250 Complex Quadriplex of Lifeguard Blindness
Griffiths, T.
251 Characteristics of lifesaving from drowning as reported by the Swedish fire and rescue services 1996-2010
Claesson, A.; Lindqvist, J.; Ortenwall, P.; Herlitz, J.
252 Cardiac disease and probable intent after drowning – Swedish registry study
Claesson, A.; Druid, H.; Lindqvist, J.; Herlitz, J.
253 Testing results may guide us to better rescue techniques
Vervaecke, H.U.B.; Persyn, U.
254 Enhancing detection rates of beach lifeguards: Determining the best scanning technique
Page, J.; Long, G.M.; Dawes, P.; Tipton, M.J.
255 Deaths due to Drowning in India: Need for prevention policies and programmes
Gururaj, G.
256 Rock Fishing Safety – From Evidence to Action
Bradstreet, A.; Sherker, S.; Thompson, M.; Weir, A.
257 Drowning in Brazil – A profile of quarter of million deaths in 32 Years (1976-2010)
Szpilman, D.
258 Drowning mortality in Kenya
Kania, J.; Muchiri, A.
259 Research of the water traumatism within the foreign tourists visited Republik Bulgaria
Stoyanova, N.; Andonov, S.
260 Drowning: from the viewpoint of the near-drowned
Hiltunen, A.
261 The forgotten 50%: A 10 year analysis of drowning in children aged 0-19 years in Australia
Peden, A.; Franklin, R.C.; Scarr, J.P.
262 Project Lifesaver – Analyzing the Barriers African American Families Experience with Swimming
Espino, M.; Shea, M.
265 Habituation of the initial responses to cold water immersion: A Perceptual or physiological effect?
Barwood, M.; Corbett, J.; Wagstaff, C.
266 Protective Clothing and Life-Jacket Combinations: The importance of appropriate buoyancy Distribution
Barwood, M.; Ouzounoglou, A.; Long, G.M.; Lunt, H.; Wilson, I.; Tipton, M.J.
267 New Zealand’s Drowning Profile Through DrownBase™ (Mortality and Morbidity)
Brunt, A.
268 Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Communities Research Project
Savage, M.
269 Non-fatal drowning: A review of epidemiology, pathophysiology, treatment and prevention
Clemens, T.
270 The descriptive epidemiology of drowning in Canada: A changing profile
Clemens, T.
271 Examining risk-taking behaviors of New Zealand males in relation to Drownbase mortality statistics (1983-2012)
Croft, J.
272 Drowning: A silent fatal endemic in Paraná state predominantly by youth in freshwater
Szpilman, D.; Schinda, A.; de Barros, E.; Deitos, R.Antonio
273 Does the diving reflex prevent the drowning of toddlers
Jost, U.; Pietsch, P.
274 The delay of rescue breathings in water rescue, comparing the rescue mask vs. the mouth to nose method
Tadeia, A.
275 At Risk: Correlation Between Abuse and Neglect and Drowning
Tyson, K.
276 The Impact Factor and Alternative Research Assessment Means
Avramidis, S.
277 Analysis of Drowning Near-Death Experiences and Recommendations for Successful Resuscitation and Treatment Protocols
Avramidis, S.; Holden, J.M.
278 Drowning deaths in inland waterways in Australia: An analysis of 10 years of fatal drowning in Australia
Peden, A.
279 Fatal and Non-Fatal Drowning in Austria
Spitzer, P.
280 Personal Flotation Device Utilization by Visitors to Lake Mead National Recreation Area During Summer 2012
Sempsrott, J.; Paulson, A.; Hines, M.; Gordon, H.R.D.
284 „History Lessons“ – Decoding Fatal Drownings of Historical Figures
Avramidis, S.
285 Gone in 30 seconds - Drowning and Rescue Scenes in Cinematography
Avramidis, S.
289 Simulated Emergency Response Competition (SERC) Technical Official Training
Smith, P.
290 Lifesaving as a Sport and as a Tool of Rescue: A Comparative Observational Analysis
Stallman, R.Keig; Hindmarch, T.E.