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FORT MYERS, FL Š (September, 2004) Š Offshore Sailing School has joined the Wilderness Medical Society to offer an exciting and unique way for doctors and health professionals to earn continuing medical education credits while learning to sail. Health professionals from around the country will gather at the stunning, plantation-style South Seas Resort on Captiva Island, Florida May 8-13, 2005 for "Medicine for Mariners." Offshore Sailing School offers a choice of three courses for participants: Learn to Sail, Performance Sailing or Bareboat Cruising Preparation.

The Wilderness Medical Society (WMS) is the world's leading organization of medical professionals dedicated to advancing clinical practice, research and education in wilderness medicine. Its principal purpose is to present educational programs and publications that inform its members about recognizing, preventing and treating medical problems typically encountered in wilderness situations.

Continuing medical education (CME) credits are offered to medical professionals but the conference is open to everyone. This unique medical program will emphasize the nature and treatment of common injuries, illnesses and medical emergencies associated with sailing, scuba diving and snorkeling. Some of the topics discussed include hypothermia and cold water immersion, solar injury, drowning, hazardous marine life, on-board medical improvisation, marine medical kits, water purification, trauma management and seafood toxidromes. Safety at sea considerations will be interwoven into the medical curriculum. There will be a demonstration on how to launch and board a life raft and how to use the emergency survival equipment.

Drs. Michael Jacobs and Howard Donner, both experts in the field of wilderness medicine, will teach the course. Dr. Jacobs, U.S. Coast Guard licensed captain and practicing internist, has lectured at Safety at Sea seminars and Marine Medicine programs around the world. He is author of articles and chapters on Medicine for Mariners and Survival at Sea. Dr. Donner has lectured at many Wilderness Medical Conferences and Wilderness Medicine Adventure Travel Courses. He is the co-author of Field Guide to Wilderness Medicine and a NASA consultant.

"This is an outstanding educational opportunity for anyone interested in developing more self-reliance at sea. Whether you deliver professional medical care to boaters, fishermen and divers, or simply want to care for your own crew, this course is for you," said Jacobs.

The cost for the five-day session is $1620 per person, double occupancy in a South Seas Harborside room for the Learn to Sail or Performance Sailing course, conducted on Colgate 26 sailboats, and $1820 for Bareboat Cruising Preparation, conducted on a brand-new Hunter 36- foot yacht. The pricing reflects a $100 savings off tuition prices of OffshoreÕs courses. The medical course portion is an additional $495. The Wilderness Medical Society designates this continuing medical education activity for 13 credit hours in Category 1 of the PhysiciansÕ Recognition award of the American Medical Association. The cost covers tuition, US SAILING certification, textbooks, medical course syllabus, room taxes, service charges and social functions. Rooms are limited at this price, and non-sailing spouses are $725 each. "This course is not just for doctors and nurses," Jacobs said. "Partners and guests are strongly encouraged to join. ItÕs broad enough in scope so that laypersons will get a lot out of it."

Offshore Sailing School has attracted more than 100,000 graduates since 1964 who have discovered the adventure of sailing. The school offers sail and power instruction at all levels, for all ages and walks of life. Specialized programs for women, families, racing sailors and corporate or incentive programs for positive team building are offered.

Headquartered in Ft. Myers, Florida, the school is celebrating its 40th year of sailing excellence. Its ten locations include three in Florida, Abaco, Bahamas, the British Virgin Islands, St. Martin in the Leeward Islands, Liberty Landing and Chelsea Piers in New York Harbor, Newport, RI and The Sagamore Resort on upstate New YorkÕs Lake George. Its fleet includes the award-winning Colgate 26 and Hunter yachts ranging from 35 to 46 feet.

For more information, contact Offshore Sailing School at 800-221-4326 or visit the schoolÕs website at


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