Emerging Challenges and Opportunities

The theme encourages future orientated thought leadership styled presentations identifying and addressing medium to long term challenges, and presenting solutions including papers that address:

  • Changes in societal factors impacting on drowning prevention i.e., migration
  • Technological advancements across all areas of drowning prevention
  • Ideas contributing to a long-term global strategy for drowning prevention


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 of publishing. Please note, circumstances may change beyond the control of the organisers, which may necessitate substitutions or alterations to the conference program.

Samuel Cornell Investigating Land Manager’s Perceptions, Knowledge, and Understanding of Aquatic Selfie-Related Deaths and Injuries Oral
Prithiviraj Ramhara8 “Lifeguard and the HR” Poster
Paul Hardy The benefits of embracing new technologies: Surf Life Saving NSW’s Journey with Uncrewed Aerial Vehicles Oral
Paul S. Dunning The role of Faith-Based Communities and Political Will in Ecuador that quickly created change to address the drowning problem resulting in desired outcomes. Observations in Ecuador that contributed to the creation of a national water safety plan called Project Safe Beaches. Poster
Jo Murray The My Coast App – curated data for improved beach safety, a global first Poster
Sylvie Bernier The day I couldn’t dive!

Olympic diving champion, Sylvie Bernier, witnessed the drowning of her nephew Raphaël and transformed the tragedy into positive change.
María Rodríguez Martínez Importance of social networks as a tool for the dissemination of drowning prevention Poster
María Rodríguez Martínez SIFA. Integrated Data Management System for Incidents in the Aquatic Environment. Digital drowning data tool Poster
Benjamin Hanara Ruku Kai Piki Mai – Enhancing Māori Wellbeing through Ruku Kai (diving for cultural food gathering purposes)

(this is a PhD thesis due for submission in October 2023)
Murray Drummond Forgotten responders: A preliminary study on Australian surf lifesavers and lifeguards Poster
Tina van Duijn Evidence-base and feasibility of using Do-it-yourself (DIY) manikins to teach resuscitation skills Poster
Shane Daw Rip Currents – Evaluating a behavioural change safety campaign Oral
Shannon Fox Understanding the importance of building social connections with(in) Surf Life Saving to enhance community resilience and encourage behaviour change Oral
Samantha Fien Systematic Literature Review of Surf Lifesaving Research – Australia & New Zealand Poster
Rebecca Sindall We’re going to need a bigger boat: evidence to integrate drowning prevention into other sectors Poster
Alexandre Tadeia Creation of a new rescue tube, that combine torpedo buoy characteristics Poster
Mr. Sigilbert Mrema Missing: Verbal autopsy narratives lack detail for drowning intervention design in Tanzania Oral
John Mogensen The monetary value of a Danish lifeguard service in 2023 Oral
Ross MacLeod Lessons from the Royal National Lifeboat Institution’s (RNLI) approach to the challenge of responding to incidents involving water-based suicide and people in mental health crisis across the UK & Ireland. Oral
Mike Melenchuk Team leadership on the beach, impacts of gender on lifeguard activities Oral
Robert Edgerton Training on the Integration of Lifeguards into the Rescue Patient Care Contiunum Through Simulated Scenarios Oral
Andrew Chan Remaining relevant for the future – the role of training and education in building aquatic rescue capability Poster
Nahid Akther Menstrual health: a neglected health issue among female community swimming instructors in Bangladesh, need policy intervention Oral
Emmanuel Nakua A qualitative study of the circumstances and context of drowning in Ghana Oral
Md Al Amin Bhuiyan The effectiveness of the Bangladeshi adolescents in strengthening the child drowning prevention program Poster
Md. Al Amin Bhuiyan The impact of COVID-19 on child drowning prevention activities in rural Bangladesh Oral
Justin Sempsrott Developing a global research framework for drowning – STAGE 1 of a proposed model from the International Drowning Researchers Alliance (IDRA): Building a Drowning Evidence Gap Map Oral
Nelms Milton Interanimation is a dynamic, interactive aquatic phenomenon affecting humans in the water, changing their relationship to the water. It is a sensory and perceptual phenomenon that calms emotions, reduces energy demand, and when taught as part of swimming, adds duration to any swimming activity, helping to prevent drowning. Poster