The development of a program of survival swimming and lifesaving to be taught as a part of beginning and intermediate courses in swimming

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Anne Elise Berry (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Rosemary McGee

Abstract: Every year more people participate in some form of water activity than any other sport. (7:35-36) The millions of people who swim, dive, boat, fish, water ski, and skin dive give ample evidence to the popularity of water sports. This popularity, however, is not paralled with the swimming skill that should accompany it. "About 90 per cent of the individuals participating in all forms of aquatic experiences have to be classified as extremely poor swimmers." (7:35) This becomes rather astounding when one stops to think that unintelligent participation in aquatics is extremely hazardous and can easily result in death. (13:76) This hazard stems from the fact that man does not naturally belong in the water. Man's whole physical make-up including posture, shape and arrangement of limbs, specific gravity, respiration, and body temperature has been developed and arranged for terrestial living. (4:1) Nevertheless, through the ages, man's unbounded curiosity has drawn him to the water where he has found comfort, relaxation and enjoyment. His "dominant will and a marvelously adaptable brain and physical structure . , . have prompted him to develop a form of locomotion suited to his needs in this new element. (4:1)

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Language: English
Date: 1960

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