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Surviving outdoor adventures, volume 1: survivor!

Allen M; Campbell S; Dzugan J; Falvey D; Jones M; McElrath R; Newell S
Sherrod K, Jensen S eds. Fairbanks, AK: University of Alaska Sea Grant, 2002 Jan; 1:1-320
Why teach cold water and outdoor safety and survival skills to young children? The answer is simple and compelling. The second leading cause of death for children nationwide is drowning. Many other children, far too many, die of hypothermia as a result of getting lost in the wilderness. Most of these tragedies are avoidable, and most cold water emergencies are survivable. Education and training often separate the survivors from the victims. Americans spend a great deal of time and money on outdoor activities, and seem especially fond of activities on or near the water. Our ocean beaches, lakes, rivers, and streams are popular destinations for family outings. Unfortunately, it takes a mere blink of the eye to turn an outdoor activity into a survival situation, oftentimes with tragic results. It does not have to be that way. Study after study has shown that education and training can make the difference between life and death in an outdoor emergency. By educating children now in cold water safety and survival we can instill new habits that will carry them through life. This training will not only help save their lives, but will contribute to the safety of the adults of tomorrow. How to Use Volume 1: Survivor! Survivor! is organized into six units: 1. Preparation for Outdoor Activities; 2. Personal Flotation Devices; 3. Cold Water Survival Skills; 4. Ice Safety; 5. Boating Safety; 6. Lost or Stranded. Whether you are teaching one lesson, a semester, or a year-long program, this volume provides information and activities for teaching cold water and outdoor safety and survival to young children. Each unit assumes knowledge of the material in the preceding unit(s). Survivor! is the first volume of Surviving Outdoor Adventures and is intended to be used with kindergarten through second grade students. It contains topics covered in the other three volumes in much the same order, although the content is not identical. For more in-depth information see the other three volumes.
Safety education; Emergency preparedness; Injury prevention; Accident prevention; Children; Outdoors; Health promotion; Information dissemination; Teaching
University of Alaska Sea Grant, P.O. Box 755040, 203 O'Neill Bldg., Fairbanks, Alaska 99775-5040
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Surviving outdoor adventures, volume 1: survivor!
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Alaska Marine Safety Education Association, Sitka, Alaska
Page last reviewed: May 11, 2023
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