Correlation among knowledge of safety, compliance with safety rules, and ability to cope with emergency situations of scuba divers

스쿠버 다이버의 안전지식, 안전수칙 준수와 응급상황 대처능력의 관계

  • Park, Hong-Cheol (Cameroon Emergency Medical Center, Korea International Cooperation Agency) ;
  • Cho, Keun-Ja (Department of Emergency Medical Service, Kongju National University)
  • 박홍철 (한국국제협력단 카메룬 응급의료센터) ;
  • 조근자 (공주대학교 응급구조학과)
  • Received : 2015.02.28
  • Accepted : 2015.04.24
  • Published : 2015.04.30


Purpose: This study aimed to identify the current status and correlations among scuba divers' knowledge of safety, compliance with safety rules, and ability to cope with emergency situations. Methods: There were 317 study subjects. Data were collected between September 21, 2012 and September 7, 2013, and analyzed using SPSS software version 21.0. Results: Of the participants, 89.3% wanted to be educated in emergency care, while 69.4% indicated that preparedness in emergency situations for divers is insufficient. 78.5% suggested a need to creat a legal standard for the prevention of accidents. The average scores among the participants showed 3.22 points for knowledge of safety, 3.09 points for compliance with safety rules, and 2.91 points for ability to cope with accidents and emergency situations, with strong correlation among them. The lower license level they had, the lower score they indicated. Conclusion: We suggest there is a need to strengthen systematic educations on knowledge of safety, compliance with safety rules, and the ability to cope with emergency situations and emergency care at the open water level. In addition, there is a need to creat legal standards to consolidate the effects of these changes.


Knowledge of safety;Compliance with safety rules;Ability to cope;Emergency situation;Scuba diver


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