I have completed the National Ski Patrol's OEC course, EMT-1 in the state of Alaska
, am an Air Force medic, hold my NREMT-B, and have my W-EMT from NOLS/WMI (National Outdoor Leadership School). My recommendation for first aid training on a boat would ideally be to take all of them, but I realize this won't fit everyone's needs. If you have little time, I recommend NOLS Wilderness First Responder course. The NOLS classes
go a little deeper into medical
cases (as opposed to trauma) and nursing care for extended transports than the others. If you have a little more time, the NSP's OEC class is phenomenal. You will get a great deal of hands on practice, and will be able to handle most trauma cases and a fair number of medical
cases. For those with the time and money
to spare, go through NOLS W-EMT full program. This is by far the most useful course, but it is also the longest and most intensive. Steer clear of local or national registry EMT-B classes
as they are geared towared "scoop and scoot" approaches where you always have a doctor on the radio
and an ALS ambulance to meet you halfway.