Originally Posted by Solitude
What organisations teach this here?
As JamuJoe indicated, Wilderness First Responder (also called WFR or "woofer") is excellent training for anyone going beyond the reach of normal emergency medical services, whether afloat or ashore. A WFR class is approximately 72 hours, and costs around $500-600. There are also shorter and cheaper classes
in Wilderness First Aid and Advanced Wilderness First Aid, which cover the same material in less depth
A number of organizations certify WFR courses. JamuJoe mentioned Wilderness Medical Associates. WMA at http://www.wildmed.com/
is one of the big ones in North America. Besides their in house classes
, a number of independent instructors around the US are affiliated with them and teach classes certified by WMA. I have taken several of their classes and can recommend them without qualification. They also have a Canadian branch, go to http://www.wildmed.ca/index.html
for more info. Wilderness Medical Institute (WMI) at http://www.nols.edu/wmi/
is another very simlar outfit. I don't have any direct experience with WMI but have heard good things about them. You won't go wrong taking a class certified though any of these organizations.
Don't let the word "Wilderness" in the title put you off. While these classes first originated to serve the needs of Outward Bound and NOLS, they cover the needs of sailors very well indeed. It is worth pointing out that Dr. David Johnson (president of WMA), is an ER physician, and is also a blue water
sailor who had done several trans Atlantic crossings. One of WMA's lead instructors and author of much of their training material is Jeffrey Isaac (a Physicians Assistant), who besides experience in mountain rescue
is also a licenced captain
, has taught sailing for twenty years for Outward Bound, and has served as mate and medical officer on several sail training vessels.