Coastal Safety

This theme encompasses papers that:

    • Advance research, policy, and programs in coastal safety, including environmental hazards and person-based risk factors.

    • Advance research, policy and programs in tourism management

    • Evaluate technical and technological advancements in safety rescue standards, training, operations, and equipment

    • Address the challenge of preventing drowning, managing rescue outside of lifeguarded settings on beaches and other open waterways

    • Identify, and present innovative solutions to challenges experienced by rescuers in low resource settings

    • Practices that enhance and enable rescue and response safety capability, including bystander rescue

    • Outline best practice in management of rescue operations

    • Including special interest sessions on shark mitigation strategies

    • Address short-medium term impacts of COVID pandemic on coastal safety

The WCDP committee have released the Coastal Safety accepted papers, take a look below. More papers to follow. 

Disclaimer: papers were correct at the time ob publishing. Please note, circumstances may change beyond the control of the organisers, which may necessitate substitutions or alternations to the conference program.


Presenting Title of submission Format
Rob Brander Beach users and risk factors on unpatrolled beaches in New South Wales, Australia Oral
Christopher Stokes Analysis of the United Kingdom national-scale rip current forecast after 10 years of operation Oral
Juliana Albertoni Reducing drowning risk from rip currents: Comparing forecasted rip hazard to lifeguard observations of perceived rip hazard in New Zealand Oral
Jamie Findlay Evaluating and extending safety messaging: Moving beyond the Flags Oral
Nick Mulcahy Preventing ‘everyday emergencies’: data-driven decision-making to reduce the risk of drowning and injury on the New South Wales coastline Oral
Sean Kelly Outside the flags – understanding mortality, behaviours and perceptions of Australian beachgoers at unpatrolled locations Oral
Kiera Staley Surfers as water safety agents in Victoria, Australia Oral
Rob Brander Talk to the kids first – engaging with students to design a high school beach safety education presentation Oral
Pamela Simon Silver Salties: addressing concerning risk perception and behaviour in the over 55’s Oral
David Carayon Using machine learning to predict drownings in surf beaches of southwest France Oral
Joel Oliveira Surfers as Aquatics Rescuers in Portugal and Spain:
Characteristics of Rescues and Resuscitation Knowledge
Bruce Hopkins ‘Float to Survive’ – evaluation of a new Australian beach safety campaign Oral
Dehez Jeoffrey Comparing beachgoer’s and lifeguards’ perceptions of coastal drowning risks in South-West France Oral
Kane Holtom Mitigating shark hazards to humans within an inshore coastal environment involving aquatic recreation and leisure activity: An essential layered approach. Oral
Toshinori Ishikawa Operation and Verification of Rip Current Detection System using AI Oral
Jamie Falcon Measuring beach replenishment’s effects on aquatic spinal injuries: an analysis of six rounds of replenishment at a high volume coastal resort Oral
Andy Kent Bringing all Lifeguard Patrols Online. Surf Life Saving New Zealand’s journey to get complete national operational oversight, situational awareness & critical communications to all patrol locations in NZ. Oral
Christopher Stokes Forecasting hazardous surfzone currents at an embayed estuarine beach Oral
Steven Pearce Responding outside of the Red and Yellow Flags. A new Emergency Service has emerged. Oral
Bruno Castelle Environmental controls on summer surf zone hazards, beach crowds, and resulting life risk at a high-energy sandy beach in southwest France Oral
Anthony Blunden Enhancing Coastal Safety with Technology: Lessons Learned from a Beach Monitoring Project Oral
Ogilvie Thom Making beach safety more relevant – a call to add human and dynamic beach factors to the beach hazard rating. Oral
Louise Lambeth Taking it to the beach – a pilot blackspot beach education initiative Oral
Roger Sweeney New high-tech ringbuoy sensors that curb theft and vandalism of rescue equipment in Ireland. Poster
Paulo Costa Proposals for the eradication of drowning due to vessel accidents using statistical data over the past eleven years (2007 to 2018) Poster
Julia Kiss Gone Fishing: A comprehensive, multi-faceted and collaborative approach to empowering our rock fishing community to keep themselves safe. Oral
Christo Rautenbach Identifying rip currents using artificial intelligence Oral
Haruki Toguchi Automated Help-signal Detection using AI Oral
Malia Borg The Development of Stingray Sting Treatment and Injury Guideline (STING) in Response to Their Increased Prevalence on Coastal South Carolina Beaches Poster
Sean Kelly Mortality, behaviours, and perceptions of young men: A high-risk coastal safety demographic Poster
Jaz Lawes A 10-year analysis of drowning deaths and other fatalities along the Australian coastline Oral
Michael Thompson An Infographic for Mitigating the Impact of Glare on Swimmer Surveillance and Long Term Eye Health of Lifeguards Oral
Travis Klerk The Surf Risk Rating App: A real-time risk mitigation tool to evaluate surf characteristics and weather conditions Oral
Ryo Shimada Proposal of Image Processing for Easy Recognition of Rip Current Oral
Masaki Shibata What is shore dump?: Exploring Australian university students’ knowledge of beach safety and their perceptions of Australian beach safety signage Oral
Sam Rahman The development of an innovative multi-purpose vehicle to support lifeguard services and education in coastal areas with low infrastructure. Poster
Brent Manieri Bystanders as everyday surf lifesavers: Understanding and reducing fatal bystander rescues along our coast Poster
Jaz Lawes Rip currents: An update and the novel next steps regarding the number one coastal drowning hazard Oral
FABIO MARTINS Protocol for assisting victims of drowning on the beach with submersion of up to 60 minutes Poster
Paulo Costa Report on Fire Department of Rio de Janeiro (Lifeguards) activities on the search for victims on a Sepetiba Bay shipwreck – experience report Poster
Masaki Shibata Identifying risks for overseas-born beachgoers and suggesting future preventative strategies: a qualitative study based on interviews with 20 lifesavers from Australian tourist beaches Poster
Chris Jacobson Soaking up summer: Understanding the impacts of summer coastal drowning deaths Oral