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Hourly Paid: £14.46 per hour. Fixed term: September 2022 to February 2023. Up to 370 hours across 50 days (flexible)
Research Assistant - RLSS UK (Fixed Term)
Institute of Sport, Nursing and Allied Health
Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK)
Research Project: How effective is the 10:20 scanning system for hazard
detection using a video task?
A lifeguard's job is to engage in constant surveillance of an assigned zone in
the water, and although an occasional rescue may be warranted, surveillance is
still the primary component of their day-to-day work experience (Lanagan-
Leitzel & Moore, 2010). The surveillance process can be described as
observing, recording and assessing the water area that is being surveyed
(Fenner, Leahy, Buhk, & Dawes, 1999).
The 10:20 system is the most widely used scanning technique used by lifeguards
in the world. However, the evidence that underpins this guidance is limited
and as of September 2022 we are unable to access any peer-reviewed supporting
studies. Given the limited evidence base exploring the effectiveness of the
10:20 scanning system, this programme of research will provide evidence of its
efficacy in comparison to a natural observation strategy determined by the
This project will involve working with an experienced research team and
industry experts to develop stimuli (video capture and editing), collect and
analyse eye tracking data, as well as determining hazard detection ability.
The Institute of Sport, Nursing and Allied Health are looking to recruit a
research assistant to join this research project. Informal enquiries are
welcomed by Dr Jenny Smith - Reader in Performance Psychology at
The University of Chichester embraces all forms of diversity and aspires to be
a fully inclusive and representative employer and so we encourage applications
from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic people.
Closing Date: Wednesday 28 September 2022 (midnight)
Interview Date: TBC
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