Swimming in the Tropics: Navigating the Dangers of Marine Life

Petra Glover, Bruce Prideaux

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)41-65
Number of pages25
JournalAdvances in Hospitality and Leisure
Publication statusPublished - 2015


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