Dr Barwood completed his PhD with Prof. Mike Tipton and was part of Prof Tipton’s internationally recognized extreme environments research group at Portsmouth University for 8 years. During this time he was the honored recipient of a scholarship from the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) in 2009 examining floatation characteristics on immersion and the potential benefit to buoyancy of air trapped between clothing layers. This work culminated in the safety maxim to “float first” on accidental immersion which has now been embedded in the current National Water Safety campaign of the Royal National Lifeboat Institute (RNLI) in collaboration with Prof Tipton.
Dr Barwood’s interdisciplinary PhD examined psychophysiological influences on performance in extreme environments including on accidental cold-water immersion; an environment known to precipitate death by drowning. Dr Barwood is now based at Leeds Trinity University as Reader and maintains an active research interest in open water safety and drowning prevention. He has recently published an open access integrated model of acute cold-water survival that identifies psychological influences on the responses to immersion and outlines how these could influence survival chances. He is a willing collaborator in research and knowledge exchange.
Dr Barwood’s personal interests include endurance training, running, cycling and kayaking. He has helped athletes prepare for Olympic games, Marathon des Sables, rowing the Atlantic, and the North Pole Marathon.
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