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11-16-2011 05:32 PM
Boasun Did "First Aid for Offshore Personnel" a few years back. It was about on the level of EMT 1. Had to learn basic suturing, placing an IV, Getting vitals and many other stuff. Found out I will never be a doctor due to I can't pronounce the words let alone spell them. But that course has helped with broken arms, suturing wounds and caring for other medical problems that showed up far far offshore. Like in the middle of the Bering Sea.
So the lesson learned; If opportunity arises, take the course.
11-02-2011 01:49 AM
jackdale
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Originally Posted by sck5 View Post
I took a wilderness first responder course that was a week long and more expensive than this but I think it is a good idea for ANYONE going offshore to do something like it.
I have a similar course. Part way across the Pacific I concluded that stabilizing and call 911 really did not work.
11-02-2011 01:30 AM
Faster My son just took an offshore survival course in anticipation of doing the Pac Cup (Double handed SF to Hawaii) next year.. cost around $700. One weekend with an entire day in the water.. he thought it was worthwhile.
11-02-2011 01:11 AM
JoeDiver I haven't seen it offered in the last nine years.....so I doubt it became a regular event.
11-01-2011 09:56 PM
sck5 I took a wilderness first responder course that was a week long and more expensive than this but I think it is a good idea for ANYONE going offshore to do something like it.
11-01-2011 06:37 PM
jackdale
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i hope this becomes a regular event.

agreed $400 seems ok

norman in boston
9 years ago it was OK
11-01-2011 05:49 PM
NHM527 i hope this becomes a regular event.

agreed $400 seems ok

norman in boston
04-24-2002 04:27 PM
Don Foley
Offshore First Aid Course

There are several companies that offer remote medical help. The ones I''ve seen offer insurance-type assistance as well, if you need to be airlifted or go to a boondock hospital. Do a Google search for "Marine Medical" and a few companies will pop up.

For my $.02, I think $400 for 3 days of training sounds great. I sail with my kids and would consider it worthwhile if I only needed a small part of the training on a single event.

Don
04-24-2002 10:29 AM
JohnDrake
Offshore First Aid Course

Who is giving the course?

The American Red Cross gives several first aid courses at various levels, generally for $50. I find it hard to imagine that 1) first aid would be different offshore than on land and 2) that anyone in any circumstance would want someone who had just 4 days of instruction attempting more advanced medical treatment on them.

I wonder...is there a medical service that can be accessed via VHF or SSB whereby someone with basic skills but a very advanced medical kit (sutures etc) could actually follow the guidance of a real medical professional over the radio and render meaningful care and treatment???

Just my $0.02
04-24-2002 08:38 AM
DuaneIsing
Offshore First Aid Course

Pricey is right. For $400 you can get almost 4 aspirin administered during a hospital stay today!

Not trying to pick on your comment, halyardz, since I have no idea what the quality of the instruction is. Just a little funnin''.

I personally plan to take one or more such courses within the next two years, but only if my wife does, also. I want her to be able to help me if I need it, too.
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