Swimming in the tropics - navigating the dangers of marine life

Glover, Petra and Prideaux, Bruce (2015) Swimming in the tropics - navigating the dangers of marine life. In: Advances in Hospitality and Leisure. Emerald Group Publishing Limited, pp. 41-65. ISBN 978-1-78560-271-9

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Swimming is a popular holiday activity in tropical tourism destinations but is not risk free. Aside from the obvious risks of drowning, tropical waters harbour a number of marine animals that have the potential to injure or even kill unwary swimmers. Sharks, marine jellyfish and crocodiles may pose threats. From a destination perspective, strategies need to be implemented that firstly reduce the risk of injury and secondly care for swimmers who are injured. This paper first reports on the results of a survey of swimmers that examines a range of swimming related behaviours then proposes an action pathway model that may be implemented by destinations to reduce risk for swimmers.

Item Type: Book Section
Identifier: 10.1108/S1745-354220150000011004
Keywords: Swimming, tropics, safety, stingers, crocodiles, action pathway model
Subjects: Hospitality and tourism
Depositing User: Petra Glover
Date Deposited: 15 Mar 2016 11:35
Last Modified: 28 Aug 2021 07:06
URI: https://repository.uwl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1628


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