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1 May 2017 Safety Equipment for Swimming Beaches in Korea: Implications for Management
In Joo Yoon, Jang-Won Hong
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Yoon, I.J. and Hong, J.-W., 2017. Safety equipment for swimming beaches in Korea: Implications for management. In: Lee, J.L.; Griffiths, T.; Lotan, A.; Suh, K.-S., and Lee, J. (eds.), The 2nd International Water Safety Symposium. Journal of Coastal Research, Special Issue No. 79, pp. 1–5. Coconut Creek (Florida), ISSN 0749-0208.

Since December 2014, the Act on the Use and Management of Swimming Beaches of Korea has imposed safety requirements on swimming beaches. Of 314 surveyed beaches in Korea, only 6% met current national lifeboat requirements, while 24% met rescue boat requirements, 61%, life belt; 69%, watch tower; 67%, swimming area buoy; and 84%, safety buoy or warning notice requirements. This study recommends a classification system for beaches based on congestion and administrative capabilities. Based on this system, safety equipment requirements were revised. Recommendations included exempting extra-small and small-scale beaches from watch tower and rescue boat requirements and equipping medium-large beaches with an additional rescue boat.

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In Joo Yoon and Jang-Won Hong "Safety Equipment for Swimming Beaches in Korea: Implications for Management," Journal of Coastal Research 79(sp1), 1-5, (1 May 2017).
Received: 30 September 2016; Accepted: 31 October 2016; Published: 1 May 2017
beach classification
Beach Management
recreational swimming
water safety
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