Is There a Doctor in the House?


Within the first month of us launching Starry Horizons, my Captain and I will be venturing out where there are no doctors…the Atlantic Ocean! Of course, after that the hope is to continue on to explore more and more, and eventually find even more remote locations.

One of the many things we want to do before our trip to France is to receive medical training. Reading through Cruiser’s Forum, one of the recommendations was to take a Wilderness First Responder course. However, after comparing our options, we’ve decided to take a Offshore Emergency Medicine class instead.

The Wilderness First Responder course is aimed towards adventurers. However, most of those are backpacking, white water rafting, etc. In the thread, someone mentioned how they are typically talking about days away from rescue, but offshore rescues may have more likely weeks of rescue time. The room got quiet!

That’s why we opted for the Offshore Emergency Medicine. We think this will be more tailored to our specific needs. As cruisers, we also have to keep in mind that although there may be an emergency in a populated location, that doesn’t necessarily mean there will be advanced medicine.

Our class is scheduled for June, we hope to learn a lot!

In continuing research, we have some other things to do as well. There are several recommended books, such as:

Where There Is No Doctor
Where There Is No Dentist
The Ship Captain’s Medical Guide

And finally, we need to personalize. It is recommended that cruiser’s find a “cruiser sympathetic” doctor, who will assist in supplying medicine cabinets and discuss common risks for people in our health. As we are young, I think we will be lucky and not have to worry about chronic health problems, but more on the accident side. We also need to gather medical records and personal information in some kind of organized system.

About the Author
Amy's family has a long, storied history on the water! Her dad and grandpa both owned maritime companies, and after her father's death, Amy ran the business. Amy picked up sailing from her dad, and she takes her credit for getting David into it! After selling everything, she's now the Admiral, Chef, Social Coordinator and First Mate aboard Starry Horizons!

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