Australian Survey Finds Males Hold Inflated View Of Their Ability In The Water

Another one of those "No Shit!" surveys came to the fascinating conclusion that men are more likely to go to the beach alone, drink alcohol before entering the water, and swim further out than women. The survey I want to see? How many blokes have inflated views of their ripping…

Surfing Australia

“Come on in, the water’s fine!”

As reported on

Men often hold inflated views about their abilities in the surf, which could explain why they account for most deaths at Australian beaches.

Researchers have quizzed more than 400 adults across Victorian beaches and found they were often overconfident, and were more likely to swim alone, for longer periods and in deeper water.

Almost 40 per cent of the men surveyed also admitted to drinking alcohol within two hours of going for a swim in the previous 12 months, compared to less than 20 per cent of women.

“Males were more likely to travel to the beach themselves, compared to females, which of course means they would be swimming alone,” said PhD student Damian Morgan, of Monash University’s Accident Research Centre.

“Males also planned to swim for a longer time than females, in deeper water, and when you compare women surf swimmers and male surf swimmers … the males were much more confident than the females yet the females tend to be more experienced.”