If you are spending time cruising, racing, out for the day, or offshore for a month, the knowledge gained in this course is an essential part of your tool kit. Dive 
into the most common types of boating injuries, preventative strategies, and sailing techniques to stay safe on the water. Learn maritime specific considerations not commonly taught in standard first aid courses.


  • Assess, diagnose, and treat victims swiftly and accurately

  • Practice life saving skills: CPR, airway management, rescue breathing, bleeding control, and stabilization

  • Learn trauma, medical, maritime, and environmental medicine Become a more prepared mariner


The curriculum is designed around evidence-based recommendations, pertinent case studies, and personal experiences. Topics include: First Aid Kits, Drowning, Solar Injuries, Search and Rescue, Safety Equipment, Wound Management, Fractures, Cardiac Emergencies, Hypothermia, and much more.

Each course is led by expert healthcare, rescue, 
and maritime professionals.

First of its kind, this trip is onboard the mighty Lucia. This course will include a seven day trip sailing in the San Juan Islands.

Our WFR curriculum satisfies the Wilderness Medical Society’s published recommendations for Wilderness First Responder curriculum, is certified by our Medical Advisory Board, and is recognized internationally. It is recommended that participants keep course records for future reciprocity and WFR renewal.

That said, this class is not for everyone. This is not an internet course. Boating will be limited to 4-5 hours per day, but can be rough at times. Members should be of good physical fitness and should be prepared to spend a majority of time together outdoors, rain or shine.


S/V Lucia is a 1977 Alajuela 38 that has traveled safely all over the world- doing 10,000 miles last year alone. She’s stable and strong, has tons of character, and a few toys (double kayak, snorkels, rowing and sailing dinghy).


John Taussig will be the lead instructor for the course. He's spent more than 15 years as a paramedic in various capacities: helicopter, ski patrol, National Park ranger medic, ambulance attendant, search and rescue, etc. He's a licensed 50 ton Master Mariner and will serve as the Captain for the boating portion of the trip as well.


2 options exist: 

  1. Group Food Program. We save money when we share the order. Feel free to participate. $125 is usually all that keeps us eating deliciously for the entire week. 

  2. Supply your own. Refrigeration and cookware supplied.


BMG is a certified green business. FOR THIS COURSE, we pull out all the stops and try to reduce our impact to next to nothing. This will be a collaborative effort. Details to follow.


This course DEPENDS on each team member to be in good shape and abide by all required criteria. For our trip, participants should be able to hike up to 5 miles, comfortably, with a 40+ pound backpack on through steep and variable terrain. Actual mileage per day may range from 2-5 miles per day, however, some of which may be assisting rescue litter carries. Each participant is required to disclose any pertinent medical history and medications taken prior to the course on our Medical/ History questionnaire. All medical information is reviewed by course instructors and is strictly confidential. Questions regarding physical fitness? Call or email BMG’s office to speak with our Program Director.


The temperatures for this area can range wildly from the 30’s-50’s at night and 40- 80’s during the day. At BMG, we love all of Nature’s weather patterns, and thus, the course is guaranteed to be held rain or shine. Participants should bring rain-gear and warmer layers (synthetic insulation recommended) to prepare for cold and/or precipitation. Hats and sunscreen are recommended for sun protection. A full packing list will be provided.

Additionally, participants will need to furnish an overnight pack including sleeping pad, sleeping bag, and tent. Please contact BMG if you need to borrow or supplement any of equipment. Comfortable, well-fitting shoes that have been WORN IN THE PAST are a must. 





Appropriate for: Recreational and cruising boaters, Professional Staff, Adventure Tourism, Commercial, Dive, Race Teams