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Meet our expert Ocean Medicine teaching faculty

We’ve brought together a remarkable teaching faculty for our Ocean Medicine course taking place in Brixham; a group of world-renowned ocean explorers, sports people and logisticians, all with an amazing depth of experience, and achieving notable success in the face of extreme challenge and adversity. The breadth of experience across the faculty is second-to-none. This is a content rich course that will help you transition your medical skills to an aquatic environment, introduce necessary secondary practical skill sets, and pull both of these factors together to confidently take on paid employment.  

Meet this highly specialised team who will be delivering an unrivalled syllabus of content on our ocean medicine course:

Dr Nick Carter, Doctor and Expedition Yacht Skipper

Dr Nick Carter - WEM facultySince he graduated from medical school in the late 1980s, Nick has pursued his career in musculoskeletal medicine through the British Military. He underwent much of his specialist training in Oxford and also as a research Fellow in Sports Medicine in Vancouver. In the past 10 years, his passion for high latitude sailing has brought an additional enthusiasm for expedition medicine

Nick has always loved sport, whether it be rugby, as a Canadian qualified snowboard instructor or, in the last 20 years, sailing. He has sailed over 60,000nm and across some significant ocean passages including the Southern Ocean around Cape Horn, the Antarctic peninsula on a couple of occasions, the Northwest Passage and various trips to the Arctic. More recently, he has sailed into the Central Arctic Ocean from Alaska to greater than 800 North and also with expeditions including research into elements of ocean advocacy including cetaceans and sea ice.

Dave Pearce, TV and Film Producer and Safety Consultant

Dave Pearce - WEM facultyDave has travelled the globe during his military service of 25 years as a Royal Marine Commando and in his current profession of 14 years, as a television and film producer and safety consultant. He predominantly works with presenters going to extreme, dynamic and hostile locations, including working on approximately 90% of shows presented by Bear Grylls.

He was very proud to serve in the Royal Marine Commandos for over 25 years, seeing operations across the globe including a number in Afghanistan, former Yugoslavia and Northern Ireland. As a Commando he was embedded in many operations during the cold war and has also trained Commandos in tac-tics and specialist warfare as well as combat survival and evasion.

Dave embraces challenges including summiting Everest in 2003, returning again in 2006 as well as being a member of the first successful British ascent of Kangchenjunga, the world’s third highest mountain. He made an early British ascent of El Capitan, joined Bear Grylls as a team of 5, navigating a RIB through the North West Passage and have had many other extreme expeditions. As well as being a published author and a volunteer the Sidmouth lifeboat team.

Nikki McLeary, Adventure Medicine Business Owner & University Lecturer

Nikki McLeary - Ocean Medicine Course WEM FacultyNikki has 25 years experience in Adventure Sports Science, Human Performance and Science Publishing previously working with elite extreme athletes including Vendee Globe sailors and Formula 1 drivers in the areas of sleep, stress, nutrition and fitness. She subsequently spent 15 years overseas, across multiple locations, operating her own adventure science company (winter mountain/desert/ocean) and is published in outdoor literature on the topics of physiology and psychology in challenging environments.

Nikki is the founder of the Adventure Science Platform which organises a range of events and courses in the UK and abroad, including R.R.A.M, a training platform for non-medics to learn life-saving skills for remote travel. As an Honorary Senior Lecturer of Sports & Health Sciences at Exeter University she is purposed with developing secondary skill training programmes for graduate field scientists operating remotely. Nikki also has an academic focus on utilising outdoor environments for non-technical skill development. But she isn’t a pirate (yet).

Nikki has numerous published articles in outdoor adventure publications, is a qualified Swiftwater and Flood Rescue Technician, plus keen windsurfer, kitesurfer and sailor. But she isn’t a pirate… yet. Still time!

Grant Walkey, Owner and MD of Trident Training & Consultancy and Paramedic

Grant Walkey, Ocean Medicine Course WEM FacultyGrant Walkey has been involved in search and rescue for over 20 years, specialising in water rescue combining skills as a former firefighter and as an RNLI lifeboat crew, beach lifeguard, and Flood rescue team member and adding advanced skills clinically as a paramedic.

Grant is the owner and managing director of Trident Training & Consultancy which specialises in Rescue, Medical and Safety and also works as a bank paramedic for both SWAST and SCAS ambulance services in Cornwall, Dorset and Hampshire. Grant also teaches for a number of other companies specialising in maritime training and STCW certification.

Grant was a full-time staff member of the RNLI for 11 years serving initially as a sea survival and lifeboat trainer then as a Casualty care trainer and finally as the Clinical Training Manager, managing a team of paramedic trainers delivering the RNLI medical courses.
Grant maintained training others throughout this time for the RNLI but also on the ATACC faculty and for SLSA GB.

Grant maintains his operational rescue skills by also volunteering for his local lifeboat station at Mudeford in Dorset and being on the RNLI Flood rescue team.

Grant shares his knowledge, skills and experience as a consultant and trainer specialising in maritime rescue, safety and medicine wherever he can to help educate to help others or themselves.

Join us in Brixham; learn with this incredibly experienced and knowledgeable team, and be part of something amazing.
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