ACCORDING TO THE U.S. COAST GUARD; THE MOST COMMON REASON BOATS CALL MAYDAY IS DUE TO MEDICAL EMERGENCIES
EVERY BOATER NEEDS TO BE CAPABLE OF PROVIDING THE FIRST 30 MINUTES OF FIRST AID IN ANY TYPE OF MEDICAL EMERGENCY, LONGER AND MORE KNOWLEDGEABLE SKILLS ARE REQUIRED IF YOU PLAN TO CRUISE FARTHER AND INTO REMOTE AREAS. WE GET YOU STARTED HERE.
REMEMBER; EVEN IN THE MIDDLE OF A CITY LAKE, CARE IS FARTHER AWAY THAN AT HOME!
When you travel with family and friends, you need to be at least somewhat aware of their medical history or issues. If you plan are planning an extended cruise with them, as difficult as it may be to ask, you need to make sure everyone on the boat is aware of any significant medical issues and you need to be certain your first aid supplies are ready to handle their specific potential medical complications.
One way to deal with private medical history guests may be reluctant to share: Ask for a sealed envelope containing a letter that describes medical history, medical problems, and current medications. Agree the envelop will stay sealed in a "to go" bag and returned to the guest still sealed at the end of the trip unless a medical emergency happens during requiring it be opened and provided to responding medical professionals.
In addition, if guests require specific prescription medication for medical emergencies, they must bring it with them when out on the boat. For extended trips, make sure extra medication is provided to account for possible weather delays or unexpected trip extensions. Always better to have more than enough and not need it.
This section is not intended to provide any medical advice in place of your personal provider or any other trained medical professionals. It is information found through public sources and professional training and provided as an overview of some publicly recommended first aid treatment options only. No website (this one included) is capable of knowing all extenuating circumstances, personal medical history, or other very important aspects required to provide situation-specific medical advice. Please use any information from this site with the full understanding you much also use common sense and reasonable discretion.
FIRST AID KITS
First Aid kits come in all kinds of shapes and sizes. For the boater, your kit should match your level of knowledge and the distance from medical help you might travel.
FIRST AID INFORMATION
Basic medical knowledge is easy to learn and can save a life. Simple skills you can quickly master might keep a small medical concern from becoming a major medical emergency.
Nothing can replace hands-on training, but the following pages provides basic information beneficial to review.