Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Health, Physical Education and Recreation

First Advisor

Dr. H. Edsel Buchanan

Second Advisor

Dr. Larry Albertson

Third Advisor

Dr. Michael Stewart


The purpose of this study was to analyze selected factors which were hypothesized as having an effect on the incidence of aquatic accidents within selected YMCAs. A written survey instrument was utilized and data was received from 51 YMCAs located in a seven state midwest region. No significant statistical differences could be found when comparing directors with different aquatic certification levels (YMCA or Red Cross) or combined certifications with incidence of aquatic accidents. Additional factors examined which yielded no significance were the length of professional tenure (or position) or total years of professional aquatic experience. When diving was not permitted in a facility there was a significant difference regarding incidence of accidents.


A Thesis Presented to the School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation and the Faculty of the Graduate College University of Nebraska In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree Master of Science University of Nebraska at Omaha. Copyright 1986, Jonathan B. Smith.

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