Thesis

Benefits and motivations: a qualitative analysis of non-motorized boating

Thesis (M.S., Recreation Administration)--California State University, Sacramento, 2018.

This inductive, qualitative study investigated the benefits derived from engagement in non-motorized boating as well as the motivations associated with involvement as reported by non-motorized boaters who reside and recreate in California. The data were collected from a sample consisting of 596 self-administered, online survey respondents. Reported benefits include: enhanced wellness, connectedness, personal development, and recreation experience, and reported motivations include: enhanced wellness, connectedness, recreation opportunity, and economic & environmental. In addition to these findings, participants report a direct accomplishment of their motives driving their engagement; engagement in non-motorized boating activities produces the benefits that participants are attempting to achieve. In turn, the goals of recreation service providers, such as parks and recreation agencies as well as commercial recreation organizations, is also accomplished. These goals include creating an environment where 
 individuals have the opportunity to enhance their wellbeing (physically and mentally), conserve natural resources, and inclusively and accessibly build a sense of community.

This inductive, qualitative study investigated the benefits derived from engagement in non-motorized boating as well as the motivations associated with involvement as reported by non-motorized boaters who reside and recreate in California. The data were collected from a sample consisting of 596 self-administered, online survey respondents. Reported benefits include: enhanced wellness, connectedness, personal development, and recreation experience, and reported motivations include: enhanced wellness, connectedness, recreation opportunity, and economic & environmental. In addition to these findings, participants report a direct accomplishment of their motives driving their engagement; engagement in non-motorized boating activities produces the benefits that participants are attempting to achieve. In turn, the goals of recreation service providers, such as parks and recreation agencies as well as commercial recreation organizations, is also accomplished. These goals include creating an environment where individuals have the opportunity to enhance their wellbeing (physically and mentally), conserve natural resources, and inclusively and accessibly build a sense of community.

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