A typical seminar schedules for three hours. This breaks down to about 2-2.5 hours of slides and direct presentation of information, a break for trips to the head, and the remainder is lively discussion and loads of fabulous questions from the audience. I learn something new at every seminar and can’t stop wagging my tail for days afterward. While that might be a bit longer than your usual presenters, be assured that audiences remain actively engaged. I have yet to see a bored face in the crowd and I stay until every question is answered or until you make me leave.
The course description I generally use says: “Poked eyes, banged brains, puke, poop, burns, guts, butts, and cuts. It’s not as sexy as sail trim or working the bow, but it’s crucial that we’re prepared to intervene in the unique medical emergencies that occur on the water. We have a great deal of power, not only in preventing injury but also in responding effectively to the accidents that can happen onboard. In this course you will be introduced to practical strategies for dealing with the injuries you may encounter while offshore, suggestions for supplies to keep onboard, tips about using items commonly found on boats to assist in treating injury, and resources for further study. You will come away with the self-confidence and knowledge that you are prepared for medical emergencies on the water and the enthusiasm to learn more.”
That pretty well sums it up. We’ll discuss scene safety, how offshore medicine is different than shore medicine, touch briefly on life and death, then get into the nitty gritty of what can go wrong and how to intervene. I answer questions throughout and provide extra time at the end for more. We wrap it up with some resources for further study.
Absolutely! I will tailor programs to your group’s unique requirements. Live in climates with water less than 59 degrees? Let’s talk about cold water immersion and hypothermia. Are you mostly in the sunshine and warmth? Let’s discuss WTS (weird tropical s**t) and jellyfish stings. Cruising couples, race teams, day sailors, families with children? I have a little something for everyone.
I’m happy to answer that question once I have a sense of specifically what you’re looking for. I’ve been delighted to find that no two audiences or presentations are alike. I’m looking forward to preparing a proposal that’s tailored to your group and its needs.
Cost depends on many factors, including the size of your boat, destination, and availability of a reliable autopilot. We use a daily rate per person required for the delivery. Once we know how many crew will be required and the destination, we can calculate the estimated time on the water and provide you with the cost of the delivery. Most deliveries can be accomplished safely with 2-3 crew. Additional costs paid by the owner would be those for transporting the delivery crew to and from the boat, provisioning the boat for the passage, fuel, marina fees if a stop is required, and satellite minutes if your boat does not have a data connection for us to download weather files.
We will need the types and brands of your autopilot, chart plotter, and GPS and if there is a spare autopilot. We will need information regarding your charging system, fuel consumption, fuel and water capacity, available safety equipment, whether there is a data connection and tracker, and when your engine was last serviced. We will also need spare oil and fuel filters on board for the delivery. In addition to the USCG required safety equipment, fire extinguishers adequate for the size of the boat, and a working VHF radio, we will need to know if you have an EPIRB and life raft.
Most boat owners already carry insurance. Many insurance companies have provisions in their policies for licensed delivery crew. We request that we be added as a rider to your existing policy. We will provide you with our resumes to accomplish this directly with your agent. A copy of your policy showing effective dates and coverage for the delivery is required to be onboard prior to departure.
Mechanical delays are handled on a case-by-case basis. We will make any repairs that we have the tools and capability to fix enroute. In the event of a major mechanical failure requiring parts or service not available to us, we will proceed to the nearest port and contact you for further instruction. Severe weather system delays, requiring that we remain stationary, will be billed at a discounted rate.
Typically we request 50% of the estimated delivery cost prior to scheduling the delivery and 100% reimbursement of the expenses that have been incurred prior to leaving. In lieu of prepaying the expenses, many owners prefer to provide a credit card to use during the delivery. The remainder of the delivery fee and remaining expenses are to be paid on arrival of the boat in your home port.