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The effectiveness of a Water-Safety Training Programme for undergraduates in one selected public university in Sri Lanka

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SLCTR Registration Number

SLCTR/2019/012


Date of Registration

27 Mar 2019

The date of last modification

Mar 27, 2019



Application Summary


Scientific Title of Trial

The effectiveness of a Water-Safety Training Programme for undergraduates in one selected public university in Sri Lanka


Public Title of Trial

Effectiveness of a drowning prevention and water safety training programme (Swim for Safety) to improve knowledge, attitudes and survival swimming skills among undergraduates in Sri Lanka.


Disease or Health Condition(s) Studied

Drowning and water safety


Scientific Acronym

SfS (Swim for Safety)


Public Acronym

SfS (Swim for Safety)


Brief title

Swim for Safety for university students


Universal Trial Number

U1111-1227-1430


Any other number(s) assigned to the trial and issuing authority

2018/EC/37 (ERC: Peradeniya)


Trial Details


What is the research question being addressed?

What is the effectiveness of a water safety training programme “(Swim for Safety)” in improving knowledge, attitudes and skills on survival swimming and water safety among undergraduates in a selected public university in Sri Lanka?


Type of study

Interventional


Study design

Allocation

Randomized controlled trial


Masking

Masking not used


Control

Active


Assignment

Parallel


Purpose

Prevention


Study Phase

Not Applicable


Intervention(s) planned

Study Setting: University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka

Sampling method: Simple random sampling will be used without any stratification, assuming that all first-year undergraduates have the same level of water safety knowledge, attitudes and survival swimming skills. Participants will be randomized to either the intervention or control group using a computer-based random number generator based on the alphabetically ordered name list obtained from the university.

Population: Both intervention and control group will be selected from same batch of the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka. All male and female students of all the faculties will be eligible for both groups. The risk of possible contamination will be avoided by instructing the participants not to share the information they learnt during the training and assessment with other students who do not participate and thoroughly explaining the effects of contamination on the study and possible disadvantages

Intervention: the formal training programme on drowning prevention and water safety, “Swim for Safety programme for university students” will be delivered to the participants in the intervention group as a group intervention, with 26 participants per group. The training programme consists of 12 lessons to improve basic water safety knowledge, attitudes and skills. The training will be delivered at the swimming pool. The training will be delivered as one and half hour duration lessons, two days per week, over six weeks duration. A maximum of two groups will be trained per day and the maximum time duration to complete the training of all participants will be six months. The language medium for the training will be Sinhala.

The SfS training team will consist of a head coach, an assistant coach, six lifesavers and four assessors (data collectors). They will be selected from the group of individuals who have undertaken the formal “SfS” training with Sri Lanka Life Saving and Life Saving Victoria Australia.

Control: the control group will receive a lecture, a brochure and weekly mobile phone message on survival swimming and water safety facts for six weeks. The educational programme for the control group will be titled “Stop Drowning" and include the following elements: a. What is drowning b. Current situation of drowning c. Common causes for drowning d. How to recognized a drowning victim e. Methods of drowning prevention


Inclusion criteria

All male and female first-year undergraduates in the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka who consent to participate in the training programme.


Exclusion criteria

  1. Participants who have any previous formal swimming, lifesaving and cardiopulmonary resuscitation training.

  2. Participants who suffer from seizure disorders and other brain-related disorders which may increase drowning risk drowning.

  3. Participants with physical impairments that may affect their ability to undertake the survival swimming tests will be excluded to avoid the risk of accidental drowning. The health status of the students will be confirmed by physical assessment and thorough history assessment by the medical officer at the university health center, after thoroughly explaining the associated risks.

  4. Participants who cannot communicate [understand, read and write] in the Sinhala language, as the survival swimming and water safety training team and data collectors in Sri Lanka are only trained in the Sinhala language. Due to time and resource restrictions, translation of the programme and data collection tools to other languages [mainly Tamil] and training coaches, assessors and lifesavers who speak those languages are not feasible for this study. Majority of the population speaks in Sinhala language.



Primary outcome(s)

1.

Improvement of knowledge and attitudes on survival swimming assessed using a validated self-administered questionnaire

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Time point: at baseline, just after the completion of 12th lesson and three months after the completion of the intervention

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2.

Improvement of survival swimming skills using a skills assessment protocol. This is a practical assessment will be done at the university swimming pool. Following skills will be assessed: (a) Basic Safe rescue methods (Pull and throw rescue), (b) Basic emergency response, (c) Reading safety signs, (d) Safe entry and safe exit, (e) Rotation, (f) Floating, (g) Swimming distance (50m). The skills a, b, c will be assessed outside the swimming pool, but at the premises of the swimming pool. The skills d, e, f, g will be assessed in the swimming pool. Note: Non-swimmers in the intervention group will not be allowed to get in to the pool during the pre-intervention assessment. Non swimmers in the control group will not be allowed to the swimming pool during both pre-intervention and post-intervention assessments.

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Time point: at baseline, just after the completion of 12th lesson and three months after the completion of the intervention

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Secondary outcome(s)

1.

None

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Target number/sample size

156 (78 in each arm)


Countries of recruitment

Sri Lanka


Anticipated start date

2019-04-01


Anticipated end date

2019-12-31


Date of first enrollment


Date of study completion


Recruitment status

Pending


Funding source

Lifesaving Victoria Australia through Sri Lanka Life Saving


Regulatory approvals

Not applicable



State of Ethics Review Approval


Status

Approved


Date of Approval

2019-01-16


Approval number

2018/EC/37


Details of Ethics Review Committee

Name: Ethics Review Committee of the Faculty of Medicine, University of Peradeniya.
Institutional Address:Galaha Road, Kandy, Sri Lanka
Telephone:+94-812396361
Email: chairpersonierc@gmail.com

Contact & Sponsor Information


Contact person for Scientific Queries/Principal Investigator

Ms. Ekanayaka Mudiyanselage Jeewanthika Sanya Kumari Ekanayaka
Lecturer (Probationary)
Department of Nursing, Faculty of Allied Health Sciences, University of Peradeniya, Augusta Hill, Sri Amarawansa Mawatha, Peradeniya, Sri Lanka.
+9481-2388820
+94702566515

jskekanayaka@pdn.ac.lk

Contact Person for Public Queries

Prof Samath D Dharmaratne
Head, Associate Professor and Consultant Community Physician
Department of Community Medicine Faculty of Medicine, University of Peradeniya, Augusta Hill, Sri Amarawansa Mawatha, Peradeniya, Sri Lanka.
+9481-2396493
+94714152780
+9481-2389106
samathd@pdn.ac.lk


Primary study sponsor/organization

Life Saving Victoria, Australia

200 The Boulevard, Port Melbourne, 3207 Australia
+613-96766900
+613-96818211
info@lsv.com.au
https://lsv.com.au

Secondary study sponsor (If any)

Sri Lanka Life Saving

Life Saving Association of Sri Lanka 21/21, Sri Dharmapala Road Mount Lavinia Sri Lanka
+9411-5219261
+9411-2818326
info@srilankalifesaving.lk

Trial Completion details


Do the investigators plan to share identified individual clinical trial participant-level data (IPD)?

No


IPD sharing plan description

Not available


Study protocol available

No


Protocol version and date

Not Available


Protocol URL

Not Available


Results summary available

No


Date of posting results


Date of study completion


Final sample size


Date of first publication


Link to results


Brief summary of results