Dr Kevin Moran
PhD, MEd (1st Class Hons), BA (Com Hons), Cert Ed
Kevin is a Principal Lecturer in Health and Physical Education in the School of Curriculum and Pedagogy at the Faculty of Education, University of Auckland. Kevin has had a lifelong commitment to drowning prevention as a researcher and an educator. He has been a frontline surf lifeguard for almost 50 years, still currently patrolling one of New Zealand’s rugged west coast beaches at Muriwai, near Auckland. He is a member of the International Lifesaving Federation (ILS) Research and Information Committee, a Co-chair of the International Task Force on Open Water Drowning Prevention, a foundation member of the New Zealand Drowning Prevention Council, and Chairman of Watersafe Auckland Inc (WAI). His recent publications include studies on: toddler parent perceptions of CPR and drowning prevention; parental supervision of children at beaches; lifeguard CPR knowledge and beliefs; rock fisher water safety; defining swimming ability in the context of drowning prevention, and high risk behaviours among youth around water.
Taught Physical Education in secondary schools in Britain and New Zealand until becoming lecturer in Physical Education in the Secondary Teachers College Auckland in 1974. Established professional undergraduate degree programme in Physical Education at Auckland College of Education in 1998.
Moran, K. (2006). Re-thinking drowning risk: the role of water safety knowledge, attitudes and behaviours in the aquatic recreation of New Zealand youth historical study of curriculum policy and practice. Unpublished doctoral thesis, Massey University, New Zealand.
Research | Current
- Water safety and drowning prevention
- Injury risk perception
- Surf lifesaving
Teaching | Current
- BPE programme
Main supervisor of doctoral candidate studying the role of aquatic competencies in drowning prevention.
Main supervisor of master candidate studying the surf safety knowledge, attitudes, and behaviours of New Zealand youth.
- 2015 New Year's Honours awarded the Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM) for "services to water safety and lifesaving"
- 2014 The Irish Medal awarded by the Lifesaving Foundation in international recognition of “an exceptional contribution to saving lives from drowning.”
- 2012 Life Membership, Muriwai Lifeguard Services Inc.
- 2011 Distinguished Service Award for Services to Surf Lifesaving Northern
- 2010 Distinguished Service Award for Services to Surf Lifesaving New Zealand
- 2007 ACC/ Safe Communities Foundation Injury Prevention and Safety Award
- 2005 Service Award for Services to Surf Lifesaving New Zealand
- 2004 Service Award for Services to Surf Lifesaving Northern
- 2002 Winston Churchill Fellowship, awarded Government House, September, 2004
Areas of expertise
- Aquatics education and drowning prevention
- 2014 - present, Advisor Water Safety New Zealand Cross Sector Reference Group
- 2013 - present, Member, International Committee on Defining Swimming Competency in Drowning Prevention (ILS sanctioned)
- 2012 - present, Member, Advisory Committee of WHO Global Report on Drowning Prevention
- 2012 - present, Board member, Watersafe Auckland Incorporated (WAI)
- 2008 -11, Co-chair, International Task Force on Open Water Drowning Prevention (DPCNZ)
- 2009 - present, Member, Research & Information Committee, International Lifesaving Federation (ILS)
- 2008 - 2012, Council Member, Drowning Prevention Council of New Zealand
- 2008 - 2010, Chairman, Research Committee, Drowning Prevention Council of New Zealand
- 1994 -2012, Chairman, Watersafe Auckland Incorporated (WAI)
- 2010 - 2011, Member, Ministerial Steering Group, Kia tutahi, a joint community-government partnership
- 2011 - present, Member, Editorial Board, International Journal of Aquatic Research & Education
Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)
- Moran, K. (2015). Can You Swim in Clothes? Reflections on the Perception and Reality of the Effect of Clothing on Water Competency. International Journal of Aquatic Research and Education, 9 (2), 116-135. 10.1123/ijare.2015-0011
- Moran, K., & Webber, J. (2014). Surf, sand, scrapes and stings: First aid incidents involving children at New Zealand beaches, 2007-2012. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health, 50 (3), 221-225. 10.1111/jpc.12467
- Moran, K., & Webber, J. (2014). Leisure-related injuries at the beach: An analysis of lifeguard incident report forms in New Zealand, 2007-12. International Journal of Injury Control and Safety Promotion, 21 (1), 68-74. 10.1080/17457300.2012.760611
- Moran, K. (2014). Jumping to (fatal) conclusions? An analysis of video film on a social networking web site of recreational jumping from height into water. International Journal of Injury Control and Safety Promotion, 21 (1), 47-53. 10.1080/17457300.2012.755207
- Moran, K. (2014). Getting out of the water: How hard can that be?. International Journal of Aquatic Research and Education, 8 (4), 321-337.
- Moran, K. (2014). Can you swim in clothes? An exploratory investigation of the effect of clothing on water competency. International Journal of Aquatic Research and Education, 8 (4), 338-350.
- Kjendlie, P.-L., Stallman, R. K., Pedersen, T., Setlo, T., Thoresen, T., & Moran, K. (2013). Can you swim in waves? Children's swimming, floating, and entry skills in calm and simulated unsteady water conditions. International Journal of Aquatic Research and Education, 7 (4), 301-313.
- Moran, K., & Stanley, T. (2013). Readiness to rescue: Bystander perceptions of their capacity to respond in a drowning emergency. International Journal of Aquatic Research and Education, 7 (4), 290-300.
Dr Kevin Moran
WaterSafe Auckland Inc (WAI)
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