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Ocean Medicine | Brixham | May 2023


Our groundbreaking Ocean Medicine course is designed to give medics a highly practical and immersive training experience for any Ocean-going events and expeditions.

Through hands-on workshops, lectures and seminars taking place both onshore and at sea, you will cover topics such as medical kit set-up, rendering immediate first aid in open water, possible ocean rescue scenarios and dealing with prolonged saltwater exposure.

At the end of this course, you’ll be fully prepared for your next ocean adventure.

Start: 29 May 2023, 08:30
End: 1 June 2023, 16:00

  • Spaces Left: HIGH
  • Prerequisites:
    • Medical or Allied Health Professional
    • Students in the final year of study

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Ocean Medicine is aimed at medical and healthcare professionals interested in dive medicine, extended and remote sailing expeditions, and marine-based challenges working with elite and amateur extreme athletes. This course has also been designed to cater for non-medics with a significant interest in a maritime environment.

World Extreme Medicine Ocean Medicine course alumni have left to take part in expeditions across the globe, responded to natural disasters and emergencies and gain placements with organisations such us Raleigh InternationalUK-MedTeam Rubicon and Médecins Sans Frontières as well as set of to swim Cape Horn, row unimaginable distances and help others achieve their lifetime ambitions on the water.


The course will be hosted in the historic town of Brixham, well known for its maritime heritage and contribution to ocean exploration. Developing the best curriculum for this course came through consultation with a group of world renowned ocean explorers, sports people and logisticians. Faculty include 3 senior doctors (Navy, Professional skipper, Dive medic), Senior Paramedic/RNLI trainer, additional to former Marine, and Adventure Sports Scientist/Logistician. The faculty have over 100 years experience overseas in Ocean-based environments between them and are pioneers in their particular fields.

The Ocean and Marine Medicine course is content rich and highly practical with time on the water and small group work. The primary objectives are to transition your medical skill set into an aquatic environment, attain necessary secondary practical skills sets, and combine these to enhance your safety, competence and value at sea.

Accreditation will be offered through the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. We estimate 24 hours of CPD will be awarded for the complete course.

This course courses now include the WEM care package which contains branded stickers, lanyard and 10l dry bag.

What’s included?
All tutoring, accommodation and meals during the course
WEM care package
Downloadable course resources
Safety equipment

What’s not included?
Travel costs
Insurance (for international travellers)
Personal equipment
Drinks and food purchased from the bar

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Course Content

  • Expedition planning at sea
  • Situational awareness and emergency response
  • Dive Medicine
  • Rib driving skill development/MOB recovery
  • Abandon ship procedures and Aeromedical evacuation
  • Medical kits for aquatic activities
  • Fire fighting on board
  • Cold water shock and immersion
  • Dermatology
  • PPE, knots and helicopter
  • Confined space trauma
  • MSK injuries
  • Sea survival and open water swimming (optional)
  • Nutrition
  • Human factors

Dr Nick Carter, Doctor and Expedition Yacht Skipper

Dr Nick Carter - Ocean Medicine CourseSince 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 - World Extreme Ocean Medicine CourseDave 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 - World Extreme Ocean Medicine Course

Nikki has 25 year’s 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).

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

Grant Walkey - World Extreme Ocean Medicine CourseGrant 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.



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