Offshore Emergency Medicine


Friday, October 15th – Sunday, October 17th, 2021

The management of the Annapolis Boat Shows has made the decision to require all participants in the Offshore Emergency Medicine class to be fully vaccinated to attend the program in October.  If you are not vaccinated, then you will need to show a negative Covid 19 test within 3 days of the start of your classes.  With the uncertainty of the Delta Variant of Covid 19, it is the prudent step to insure everyone’s safety while attending our indoor classes. 

2021 Offshore Emergency Medicine

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 basic first aid and CPR 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:  $1,195/student

Multi-day admission to the US Power Boat Show & the US Sailboat Show is included with your Emergency Offshore Medicine registration, as well as breakfast & lunch during the 3 days of class. The class will be held The Graduate Hotel of Annapolis at 126 West Street, Annapolis, MD 21401. Self parking is available at The Graduate for $8/day. There will also be a room discount code emailed to all participants if interested in staying at the hotel the course is offered.

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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 and a credit will be carried forward for one calendar year to use at the next class offering.

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