Maritime Medicine - Santa Cruz, CA

Maritime Medicine - Santa Cruz, CA


Santa Cruz Yacht Club

October 12-13, 2019

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Our goal is pretty simple: to deliver the highest quality and most relevant medical training possible for mariners. 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.

Class will take place at the Santa Cruz Yacht Club and on adjacent vessels with the Small Craft Harbor. We strive to learn outdoors as much as weather allows for. Although course materials may shift slightly, please see an example itinerary here to get a better sense of what our days may look like.

Participants are expected to provide their own food for the duration of the course. Coffee and tea will be provided. 


  • Assess and treat life threats: CPR AED, airway management, rescue breathing, bleeding control, and stabilization.

  • Practice common trauma techniques: wound and fracture management, head/ neck/ spine injuries, blunt trauma, dental trauma and more.

  • Develop important judgment skills for the assessment and evacuation of medical and environmental emergencies at sea.


Santa Cruz Yacht Club

244 4th Ave #3835

Santa Cruz, CA 95062

Santa Cruz Small Craft Harbor is ideally situated on the northern rim of the Monterey Bay Marine Sanctuary. The rugged coastline, abundant wildlife, and consistent NW wind makes Santa Cruz a superlative Central CA sailing destination. 


Each day will begin at 8:00am and go until 5:30pm. 


Upon completing this course, you will receive your Advanced First Aid and CPR AED For Mariners certification which is valid for 2 years and meets World Sailing Offshore Special Regulation (OSR 6.05) Medical Training requirements as well as the US Sailing Senior First Aid Requirement.This course is US Sailing accredited

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Moderator Bio 

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John Taussig - Flight Paramedic, USCG 50 Ton Master

John will be your primary instructor for the duration of this course. As a captain, sailor, and Executive Director for Backcountry Medical Guides, John has sailed extensively throughout the Americas and Caribbean. John has worked as an EMT/ Paramedic since 2000 in Santa Cruz, Seattle, Jackson Hole, and Bozeman doing everything from medevac helicopter to ambulance service, to ski patrol. John has degrees in neuroscience and biochemistry from Montana State University where he first discovered his passion for prehospital emergency medicine. In his free time, John enjoys surfing, skiing and exploring different coastlines on one of the three boats he calls home: Lucia (Alajuela 38), Maiden (Wilderness 30), and Charlotte (Klepper Kayak). 


I took the 2-day course for Mariners at Southwestern Yacht Club in San Diego. I highly recommend it all sailors going offshore. I took it to prepare for the Transpac Race from L.A. to Honolulu, and feel much more comfortable now, dealing with injuries and sickness while crossing the Pacific. - John Jourdane, Captain, circumnavigated the world three times