A Private vs. Community Aquatic Programming Comparison

Terry Shannon


The purpose of this study was to investigate if instructors in a private aquatic training program can advance students to the point of optimal readiness to achieve aquatic skills more quickly than instructors from a community aquatic training program. In this study, the Aquatic Readiness Assessment (ARA) was utilized for determining optimal readiness for advancement in aquatic education which potentially may lead to a safer aquatic experience. The students were divided into two groups and scored by five instructors designated by the aquatic training program they attended for lessons. The first sixty students who scored below twenty-seven on the ARA in each facility were assigned to stage one of the aquatic program. This assured that all students began at the same aquatic skill level. A pre-test and post-test were administered, with three weeks between each test. The private program advanced thirty-eight students to level two with an average score change of 6.82, while the community program advanced forty-seven students to level two with a score change of 7.13. The results were not significantly different in scores among advancing students to level two. The results did demonstrate an improvement among the students at both facilities and showed the value of aquatic training.

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