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Ocean Medicine Training Course from World Extreme Medicine, courses accredited by the Royal College of Surgeon of Edinburgh

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Ocean Medicine | Plymouth England

23 May 2017 to 26 May 2017

World Extreme Medicine is excited to bring you Ocean Medicine, a world first in marine environment medical training. Designed for self-sufficient individuals, teams and medics, this course spans an exciting array of marine activities in a rapidly growing world of adventure sports and travel.


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This 4 day course will give participants an understanding of conditions likely to occur whilst on a marine based expedition. 
We've consulted with world renowned ocean explorers, divers, pan-ocean sailors, rowers, open water swimmers and our very own expedition experts to bring you a comprehensive syllabus unrivled in its content. 

During the course delegates will train and be assessed for the Royal Yachting Association (RYA) Level 2 Powerboat Handling qualification.

Who should attend?
Ocean Medicine is aimed at medical and healthcare professionals interested in supporting marine based challenges, sporting events and expeditions. The course has been designed to cater for non-medics with a significant interest in marine/ocean events. 
Ocean Medicine Faculty
The Ocean Medicine Team bring together over a century of collective experience from a diverse range of backgrounds. Bringing a wealth of experience from the Poles to the tropics, have completed significant ocean challenges and have worked in various professional capacities on the open seas.
Mark Hannaford - Founder of World Extreme Medicine and small boat specialist with 15 years worldwide experience ranging from Antarctica to the Russian Far East, to around the British Isles, and the Seychelles and Madagascar.
Dr Alex Rowe – RNLI Helmsman, a role in which he was awarded a Pride of Britain Award. BASICS responder, experienced expedition medic
Dr Claire Bailey - Member of the all-female Round the World Race Crew with Tracy Edwards. On-board doctor for adventurer Steve Fossett and Maxi Catamaran Playstation/ Cheyenne - survived dismasting in Southern Ocean - adrift for 10 days and under tow for further week. 
Catherine Buckland – commerical diver and dive instructor. Spending the last decade working in the marine industry, either working as a diver or diver medic, teaching diving or power boating among other marine based qualifications. This work is varied and takes her to some challenging environments where all the skills and experience need to be put in place.
Chris Booker - As a Marine Biologist and Offshore Commercial diver Chris has over 20 years experience working in a range of diverse marine environments from the Caribbean to the Atlantic and the North Sea. When he's not under the water he's usually found teaching maritime courses, skippering boats or working as a Dive Medic Technician.
Laura Penhaul – Former lead physiotherapist with Team GB Paralympic Athletics, lead for the ‘Coxless Crew” row of the Pacific. 
Contributions from:
Nuala Moore - swam the Bering Strait as part of a relay team, multiple medal winner at the World Ice Swimming World Championship. In 2006, she was one of six swimmers to swim around the coast of Ireland in a relay, the first-ever swim of over 1300 km around the coast. In 2008 she did a double crossing Relay of the English Channel.
Sarah Outen – adventurer by land and sea, rowed solo across the Indian Ocean in 2009, completed a mostly solo loop of the planet in her "London2London: Via the World" expedition.
Olly Hicks - a world record-breaking adventurer, endurance athlete and a highly regarded motivational speaker.  His expeditions and voyages have taken him all over the world and to every continent & ocean.  He has produced 2 award-winning documentaries about his record-breaking ocean voyages. He is also a serving member of the British Army Airborne Reserve.  He is currently preparing an expedition to make the first solo row around the world beginning in December 2018. 
Ian Couch -Safety & Operations Manager for the Talisker Atlantic Challenge and has himself rowed the Atlantic twice, rowed the Indian Ocean, run the Gobi and crossed Greenland since 2008 and has 6 Guinness World Records for the rowing (including the first crossing of the Indian) and one British record for the fastest crossing of Greenland.
Dr Nick Carter describes himself as ‘sometime doctor, sometime sailor’ with countless hours in polar water supporting the likes of Pen Hadow.

Ocean Medicine Accreditation
Accreditation will be offered through the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. We estimate 24 hours of CPD will be awarded for the complete course.


Ocean Medicine Course - What to expect
This course will combine exciting lectures, interactive workshops both on land and at sea, reflective discussions and inspirational talks. Content will be intermingled with practical instruction and assessment for the RYA Powerboat Handling Level 2 qualification. 
Course highlights include:
Fracture management & musculoskeletal injuries including taping and splinting.
Common conditions- gastro, dermatology, prolonged salt water exposure, nutrition, sea sickness, public health and nutrition.
Trauma recovery, burns & wound management
Nutrition, hydration & vitamin deficiency
Situational awareness and physiological first aid
Marine envenomation
Helicopter procedures, abandon ship procedures, Aeromedical evacuation
Immersion, post submersion and unconscious patient
Hypothermia & Hyperthermia
Medical kits & communication
Boat handling with search and rescue 
Issues specific to: 
Dive Medicine 
Ocean rowing
Ocean swimming
Pan ocean sailing
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