William Koon

PhD Candidate

Expanding the evidence-base for beach safety initiatives

I study coastal hazards, drowning and injury. Initiatives to keep people safe at the beach and along the coast are multifaceted, represent large public investment and have limited scientific basis. My PhD research uses multidisciplinary methods to investigate how and why people drown or become injured at beaches, and what measures are most effective in preventing such events.  

Areas of expertise:

  • Beach and coastal hazards
  • Injury epidemiology
  • Emergency services data collection methods and analysis
  • Injury prevention program design and evaluation





Koon W, Clemens T, Bierens J, Quan L. Studying outcome predictors of drowning at the scene: Why do we have so few answers? American journal of emergency medicine. Published online first, Oct 2020. DOI: 10.1016/j.ajem.2020.10.011

Koon W, Schmidt A, Queiroga AC, Sempsrott J, Szpilman D, Webber J, Brander R. The need for consistent beach lifeguard data collection: results from an international survey. Injury Prevention. Published online first, July 2020. DOI: 10.1136/injuryprev-2020-043793

Koon, W, Gates R, Scoggins S, Andrus P, Futoran J. The Ocean Lifeguard Intervention Continuum: A Cognitive Aid for Surf Lifeguard Education. International Journal of Aquatic Research and Education. 2020;12(4) Article 11. DOI:10.25035/ijare.12.04.11

Koon, W, Gates R, Futoran J. Training Evaluation for Introductory Ocean Lifeguard Instruction: A Practical Example from California. International Journal of Aquatic Research and Education. 2020;12(2) Article 9. DOI:10.25035/ijare.12.02.09

Koon W, Rowhani-Rahbar A, Quan L. Do wave heights and water levels increase ocean lifeguard rescues?. The American journal of emergency medicine. 2018;36:1195-1201. DOI: 10.1016/j.ajem.2017.12.006

Koon W, Rowhani-Rahbar A, Quan L. The ocean lifeguard drowning prevention paradigm: How and where do lifeguards intervene in the drowning process? Injury Prevention. 2018;24:296-299. DOI: 10.1136/injuryprev-2017-042468

Areas of Expertise

Areas of Expertise

Beach Safety