Offshore Emergency Medicine


April 24-26, 2024

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This 3 day class will be held at The Fleet Reserve Club (100 Compromise Street, Annapolis, MD) from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm each day.

Offshore Emergency Medicine offers relevant and practical training for the largest and most remote wilderness on earth. The course will emphasize the understanding of body systems and principles of care to best prepare the medical officer to improvise and adapt to the infinite variety of challenges that the open sea can present. It is designed for voyaging sailors as well as professional mariners.

Classroom instruction is tied to the student’s own experience through the liberal use of case studies, scenarios, and hands-on assessment problems in a marine context. This course is taught by the men who wrote the book, Wilderness & Rescue Medicine 7th edition by Jeffrey Isaac, PA-C & David Johnson, MD. Previous medical training is not required but CPR certification is a required prerequisite and basic or advanced first aid is strongly recommended.

Student are required to purchase the course textbook and complete approximately 12 hours of preparatory reading and complete an on-line examination before arriving for on-site training.

Full attendance is required for certification.

Day 1 – 9 hours – Course logistics, introduction, general principles in wilderness medicine, critical body systems, the patient assessment system, basic life support at sea, CPR and AED discussion, airway and ventilation skills, anaphylaxis and asthma, injection training, PAS practice and case studies.

Day 2 – 9 hours – Pain control, musculoskeletal injuries, dislocations, extrication, splinting lab, wound care, wound care lab.

Day 3 – 9 hours – Environmental emergencies, offshore medicine, diagnostic tools, specific disease states, sea sickness, medical kits, special interest topics, debrief, test, adjourn.

CERTIFICATION. Full participation earns Offshore Emergency Medicine certification by Wilderness Medical Associates International. State licensed Paramedics/EMT’s receive 36 CE credits in addition. Nurses, PA’s and Doctors can use the course for Category II credits. The course is Coast Guard approved under CFR 46 and accepted by US Sailing for first aid training.

Cost: $1,395/student
Multi-day admission to the Annapolis Spring Sailboat Show is included with your Emergency Offshore Medicine registration, as well as coffee breaks and lunch during the 3 days of class.. The class will be held The Fleet Reserve Club, 100 Compromise Street, Annapolis, MD 21401.

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Refund Policy:
• Refunds are acceptable up to 30 days prior to the start of the event.
• Inside 30 days of the event, refunds will be issued if the space can be filled with another student.
• If the space is not filled with another student, there will be no refund or credit carried forward.