Offshore Emergency Medicine offers relevant and practical training for the largest and most remote wilderness on earth. As with all our courses, we emphasize the understanding of body systems and principles of care to best prepare the medical officer to improvise and adapt to the infinite variety of challenges that the open sea can present. It is designed for voyaging sailors as well as professional mariners. Classroom instruction is tied to the student’s own experience through the liberal use of case studies, scenarios, and hands-on assessment problems in a marine context.

Prior to enrolling in a course, please review our Functional Position Description. The criteria set forth in this document allows students to self-assess their ability to meet the demands of both a WMAI course as well as the demands of a certified wilderness medical provider in the field.


Class Format

This course requires a minimum of 12 hours of pre-course reading, case studies, and testing followed by three full days of on-site training. Practical sessions may include outdoor or on-board exercises depending on course location. The curriculum includes lab sessions in wound care, reduction and splinting, extrication, and injections

Textbooks and Materials

The required textbook Wilderness and Rescue Medicine 8th Edition by Jeffrey Isaac, PA-C and David Johnson, MD. Registered students will receive instructions for pre-course work and access to the text and other study materials.


Offshore Emergency Medicine certification is awarded by Wilderness Medical Associates International. This course is also approved for 36 hours of continuing education credit at the First Responder level by CAPCE.


CPR training is a prerequisite to certification. Completion of a first aid course is highly recommended.