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Abstract

The purpose of this research was to explore the associations between outdoor safety knowledge, outdoor sports skill, and life satisfaction among outdoor sport participants. An online snowball sample of 219 participants completed the 35-item questionnaire composed of an outdoor safety knowledge quiz, self-reported ratings for levels of skill in eleven outdoor sports, and life satisfaction items from the Flourishing Scale (Diener, Wirtz, Tov, Kim-Prieto, Choi, Oishi, & Biswas-Diener, 2010). Correlation testing revealed a significant yet weak relationship between outdoor safety knowledge and outdoor sport skill. There was a significant relationship between life satisfaction and overall outdoor sport skill of which backpacking and snow sports were most associated. T-testing revealed that for outdoor safety knowledge scores, there was a small difference between males and females, and no difference between urban and rural upbringings. Males reported higher levels of outdoor sport skill than females and respondents with a bachelor’s degree scored the highest in outdoor safety knowledge.