Here, you can download summaries of our recent research projects.
evaluation of swim safe 2016
Swim Safe aims to teach children the difference between swimming in a pool environment and open water. The 2016 evaluation sought to measure changes in self-reported attitudes, awareness and behaviour. It also looked at the overall process of Swim Safe, such as the programme governance and the challenges associated with the growth of the programme.
HELPING TO PREVENT DROWNING AT SEA: UNDERSTANDING COMMON FACTORS IN FATAL INCIDENTS
This research looked at the causes of fatal incidents at sea across a range of activities. It also identified interventions aiming to prevent such deaths.
Exploring the effect of lifeguard preventative actions on beach safety
An important part of an RNLI lifeguard’s role is to promote beach safety, preventing unsafe incidents before rescue is needed. This research project sought to explore the effect of preventative actions on incident rates across a sample of RNLI beach lifeguard units. It also provides the first known quantitative evidence about the efficacy of lifeguards’ prevention activities.
Audience profiling research: attitudes to sailing
This research was commissioned to segment the population of yacht sailors in the UK and explore their attitudes to risk. It also sought to identify the most effective methods of communicating future safety messages.
Lifejacket wear observation
This research was commissioned by the RNLI and the National Coastwatch Institution to better understand the extent to which personal flotation devices (such as lifejackets) are used among people using the UK and Irish coast for leisure and commercial purposes.
Evaluation of swim safe 2015
Swim Safe aims to teach children the difference between swimming in a pool environment and open water. The 2015 evaluation sought to measure changes in self-reported attitudes, awareness and behaviour. The results showed positive increases across all three areas, but the study team concludes that further work is needed to understand how long these effects last and what influence the length of session has on outcomes.
Estimating the global economic cost of drowning
There is an economic cost of drowning in all countries in which it occurs, and this research aimed to quantify it, highlighting the wider burden to society. It is the first piece of research that the RNLI has conducted into the economic impact of drowning, and the first that we are aware of in global literature.
Evaluation of swim safe 2014
The RNLI and ASA’s free Swim Safe open water safety sessions for children have run for three consecutive Summers, reaching thousands of young people aged 7 to 14 years. This evaluation considers the objectives of Swim Safe, and the extent to which they have been met so far. It considers the efficacy of the sessions, their cost and what improvements could be made in future.
Leisure divers - audience profiling
This research was commissioned by the RNLI in partnership with the BDSG to better understand approaches to safety and attitudes to risk amongst UK leisure divers.
The economic and social benefits of lifeguard provision
This research project sought to collect evidence of the wider benefits of the RNLI's lifeguard provision and to quantify the economic impact of the presence of our service.
Canoeing and kayaking audience profiling
Canoeing and kayaking are two of the most popular watersports activities in Britain, with an estimated 3% of the adult population participating in either sport at least once during 2013.
The impact of riding up on lifejacket performance
Our research project sought to test whether crotch straps improve lifejacket performance. Our findings are the first conclusive evidence of the effectiveness of crotch straps.
Audience profiling research: Coastal Anglers
This research was commissioned to segment the population of coastal anglers in the UK and explore their attitudes to risk, and to identify the most effective modes to communicate future safety messages.