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First Aid On The Water Class

Lee Rosenbaum  | Published on 12/29/2018
First Aid on the Water – How to handle medical emergencies aboard.

Sponsored by:
 Kenosha Yacht Club & Kenosha Community Sailing Center

Greetings!  Does the thought of a head injury, finger amputation or ruptured appendix on your boat strike fear in your heart? Does sea sickness or a nosebleed make your pulse quicken? Register for Shelly Galligan’s FIRST AID ON THE WATER training and learn how to handle the big stuff and the not so big stuff with authority and confidence. 

Don’t miss this great opportunity offered at the Kenosha Yacht Club & Kenosha Community Sailing Center on 
Saturday, February 16, 2019 (9:30 AM - 12:30 PM)
Everyone (members and non-members) are welcome; training is aimed at adults and is $15 per person through February 14 (then $20). 

Course Description: 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 on-board. In this seminar you will be introduced to practical strategies for dealing with the injuries you may encounter while offshore, suggestions for supplies to keep on-board, 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. 

Registration/payment link  Register Here (Or go to 2/16 on KYC event calendar).  Space is limited, so register soon!

Questions?  Email Randy Bredin at

Training Location - Kenosha Yacht Club, 5130 4th Avenue, Kenosha, WI 53140

The trainer: Shelly Galligan is a registered nurse with 25 years of Emergency Room experience.  She holds certifications in Emergency nursing, Offshore medicine, trauma nursing, advanced cardiac life support, and pediatric advanced life support. She teaches American Heart Association CPR/AED/First Aid and is the Fleet Surgeon for South Shore Yacht Club. Shelly grew up racing and cruising on a classic wooden Q boat. She was away from sailing for a lifetime, and has returned with gusto. She has her USCG 100 ton Masters License and now specializes in offshore first aid education and tricky boat deliveries. Most recently she has delivered boats from St Thomas to Florida, Panama to Tampa, and Hawaii to California and has instructed classes at the Chicago Boat Show, Chicago Yacht Club, Corinthian Yacht Club, Larsen Marine and the Midwest Women’s Sailing Conference. Shelly is passionate about life on the water, and life in general.