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Getting Into the Scholarly Swim of Things!

By Steve Langendorfer, Editor

One of the better kept secrets among the scholarly journals published by Human Kinetics is the International Journal of Aquatic Research and Education (IJARE). The founder of Human Kinetics, Rainer Martens, had a dream of publishing a scholarly aquatic serial; in 2007, his dream became reality when the National Swimming Pool Foundation (NSPF) partnered with Human Kinetics to begin publishing IJARE as a quarterly print and online journal that publishes the latest empirical aquatic research as well as case and pilot studies, educational/professional articles, media reviews, reports, position statements, and scientific reviews.


Today, in its seventh volume, the International Journal of Aquatic Research and Education continues to be the only peer-reviewed scholarly journal in the world to focus on all aspects of noncompetitive aquatics. Over its existence, published research topics have included a diverse variety examining the following topics:

  • Surf and pool lifeguarding
  • Lifesaving and drowning prevention issues
  • Aquatic exercise and therapy
  • Role of swimming in health
  • Instructional practices
  • Minority and ethnic issues
  • Aquatic risk management
  • Water filtration
  • Aquatic facilities


From the very beginning, IJARE has been supported by an outstanding international Editorial Board whose areas of expertise cover aquatic health and safety, lifeguarding and drowning prevention, aquatic exercise and therapy, swimming instruction, adapted aquatics, and aquatic-related clinical practices. We are incredibly fortunate to have such an illustrious group of scholars willing to give of their time to maintain the rigor of IJARE and its contents.


I believe that the first three issues of IJARE’s current volume represent some of the best examples of aquatic research and scholarly educational articles to be published anywhere at any time. It is an example of how important the journal has become for providing a forum and dissemination outlet for aquatic-related papers from around the globe. For example, the current volume so far this year has featured research articles by authors from around the globe including the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Ghana, Canada, and the United States. For those prospective readers interested in lifeguarding, six different research studies have addressed issues associated with lifeguarding at beaches or pools. A ninth study in an extensive line of inquiry that addresses the risks and hazards associated with head first entries into pools using racing starts comes from an Indiana University research team. Another Indiana University researcher addressed health- and fitness-related questions associated with water parks; this was the first study to examine this issue. Several other papers in the volume continue to examine issues associated with ethnic and racial minorities and swimming, which is a topic of considerable and ongoing interest among scholars. Three other studies have focused on physiological and therapeutic clinical topics in aquatics.


I continue to be pleasantly surprised by the wealth of aquatic-related studies and papers submitted to IJARE for consideration. It is heartening to realize how healthy the aquatic literature remains and the overwhelming acceptance of using evidence-based practices that are represented by the varied topics in the journal. I encourage aquatic professionals to subscribe to the International Journal of Aquatic Research and Education as well as to encourage your institution, organization, or agency to consider subscribing so that you will have immediate access to the absolutely latest and best aquatic information available anywhere.

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