FORT MYERS, Fla. –The Offshore Sailing School has joined the Wilderness Medical Society to offer a spring program for doctors and health professionals to earn continuing medical education credits while learning to sail, the school said in a recent release.
The South Seas Resort on Captiva Island, Fla., will host health professionals from around the country May 8-13, 2005 for “Medicine for Mariners,” offering a choice of three courses for participants: Learn to Sail, Performance Sailing or Bareboat Cruising Preparation.
Continuing medical education credits are available to medical professionals who attend, but the conference is open to everyone. This unique medical program will emphasize the nature and treatment of common injuries, illnesses and medical emergencies associated with sailing, scuba diving and snorkeling.
Some of the topics discussed include hypothermia and cold water immersion, solar injury, drowning, hazardous marine life, on-board medical improvisation, marine medical kits, water purification, trauma management and seafood toxidromes.
Drs. Michael Jacobs and Howard Donner, both experts in the field of wilderness medicine, will be on hand as instructors.
“This is an outstanding educational opportunity for anyone interested in developing more self-reliance at sea,” said Jacobs. “Whether you deliver professional medical care to boaters, fishermen and divers, or simply want to care for your own crew, this course is for you.”
The cost for the five-day session is $1,620 per person, double occupancy in a South Seas Harborside room for the Learn to Sail or Performance Sailing course – conducted on Colgate 26 sailboats. The cost is $1,820 for Bareboat Cruising Preparation, conducted on a brand-new Hunter 36-foot yacht. The medical course portion is an additional $495.
“This course is not just for doctors and nurses,” Jacobs said. “Partners and guests are strongly encouraged to join. It’s broad enough in scope so that laypersons will get a lot out of it.”
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