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ERIC Number: EJ1123187
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Nov
Pages: 19
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1085-4568
Case Study of Rip Current Knowledge amongst Students Participating in a Study Abroad Program
Houser, Chris; Brander, Robert; Brannstrom, Christian; Trimble, Sarah; Flaherty, Jane
Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad, v28 p42-60 Nov 2016
Rip currents are narrow seaward-flowing currents common on many global beaches and are capable of transporting even experienced swimmers a significant distance offshore, placing them at risk of needing rescue or drowning. In this respect, rips represent a significant hazard to beach users around the world and are recognized as a major health problem that can have serious social and economic impacts for recreational beach users. Tourists and overseas visitors are more susceptible to drowning in rip currents because of their limited knowledge and limited awareness of beach hazards and safety. This group includes students participating in study abroad or foreign exchange programs. Many universities encourage student participation in study abroad programs, which may be located in cities or study centers close to surf beaches prone to the occurrence of rip currents. Reducing the number of drownings by students depends on an understanding of their knowledge about rip currents and their behavior when visiting a foreign beach that may lack posted safety information or warning flags. This brief communication describes results of the first survey of students studying abroad from the United States (n = 358) to determine their knowledge about rip currents and other beach hazards, and to determine their behavior, choices, and precautions taken when visiting a beach during their time abroad. Results are intended to motivate the improvement of beach safety education provided to students studying abroad.
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Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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