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Heat Related Emergencies: What They Are and How to Treat Them

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The temperature is heating up outside, which makes this a great time for us to discuss heat related emergencies. Out on the water we have the sun beating down from above and the sun’s rays reflecting back up at us from the water. The danger is more than sunburn. It’s the overheating of our entire body. Those downwind runs where it feels like the fresh breeze has left us and jackets come off is when the heat is particularly noticeable. How Your Body Cools Itself Our bodies have processes in place to keep our internal temperature right around 98.6°F. The…

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Woman Wearing Sunglasses on the Beach

Eye Sunburn is Real: Here’s Why it Matters

May 24, 2019

They say that the eyes are the windows to the soul. With summer on her way and May being designated Healthy Vision Month by the National Eye Institute and supported by the…

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Sun Health: Skin Cancer and Sunburn

Sun Health: Skin Cancer and Sunburn

April 26, 2019

Two out of three light skinned people will be diagnosed with skin cancer in our lifetimes. I am one of them. It’s a pretty sobering thing to hear words like…

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Harken Video Series

April 8, 2019

I teamed up with Harken to create a series of educational videos for the Harken Blockheads youth sailing program. Though they were created for youth sailors, the information applies to everyone, the young and the young at heart.

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Pre-Race Nutrition for Young Sailors

Pre-Race Nutrition for Young Sailors
and the Young at Heart

   What we eat and drink on race day will impact our performance! Sailing is a strenuous physical activity. Though this pre-race nutrition video is aimed at youth sailors on race day, it’s for every sailor, everyday; high school and collegiate sailing teams; weekend regatta sailors; beer can racers; kids in sailing lessons; and those day sailing with the family. Good pre-race nutrition is critical to optimal performance and…

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Medical History Form Blog Post

Bring Your Medical History Form Onboard!

What would happen if you were seriously injured or keeled over out on the water and couldn’t speak for yourself? How would your mates and later your rescuers know the whole story? Our medical history, made up of our medical problems and medications, is really, really personal and no one’s business, until it has to be. Why Knowing Your Medical History Is So Important I recently came across an interesting…

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Customize Your Boat's First Aid Kit leaves the boat

Customizing Your Boat’s First Aid Kit

In many parts of the world, we’re heading into the off-season for boating. It’s that time of year when we’ve squeezed every last ounce of boating from the season, when our haul out checklists dance in our heads, and winterizing plans can be found skittering through our consciousness. We’ve had amazing summers filled with day sailing, racing, cruising, fishing and dock parties. We’ve gathered enough stories to regale our mates…

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Electric Shock Drowning

Electric Shock Drowning:
Spread. The. Word.

Growing up we spent summers living on our boat at South Shore Yacht Club. We put on our life jackets on Memorial Day and didn’t take them off until Labor Day, going to our land home only on a rare occasion to do laundry. Days were spent taking sailing lessons, swimming off the back of the boat in the slip and occasionally throwing one another off the dock. Heck, we’d…

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