Marine First Responder

Marine First Responder

Dates: 1-7 July 2024
Location: Horten, Norway,
Coaches: Paul Cahill, Advanced Paramedic and Kristoffer Vandbakk, ISKGA coach

Accommodation: Tent or hammock on-site is possible at no extra cost. Showers are available.
Hotel on-site can be booked here:

Food: Restaurant on-site is available. Self catering is possible with meal prep under a tarp or similar.

Course itinerary: Day 1-5 will be spent on a mix of classroom teachings and outdoor scenarioes. Time will be spent at the indoor wave pool for water competency and lifesaving training. Day 6-7 is spent on an overnight “expedition” in our kayaks nearby.

Equipment list: Sea kayak and necessary equipment for paddling and camping in the outdoors. Foam sleeping mat, tarp/emergency shelter/Jerven duk or similar one-person shelter. Outdoor clothing. A complete list will be sent to the participants.

Price: 12500 NOK

Register here to join:

First Aid is the immediate and temporary care of ill and Injured people.

The Principles of First Aid:
1. Ensure your safety and that of the group first
2. Help prevent patient deterioration
3. Take care of casualties both physical and emotional needs

At the end of the course the student will have the competencies to lead complex first aid scenarioes over an extended timeline using improvisation in the outdoors.

Course description is from the ISKGA website:

Under the expert guidance of Advanced Para Medic Paul Cahill ISKGA (International Sea Kayak Guide Alliance) has developed its own sea kayak specific wilderness first aid program.

This program which is titled the ‘Marine First Responder‘ is aimed specifically at the professional sea kayak guide or coach that is operating in remote coastal wilderness environments, where the level of first aid knowledge and practical experience needs to be robust and fit for purpose.

The advantages of this award over other wilderness first aid award is the level of practical, scenario based marine training that the award offers to the guide. Most wilderness first aid programs have content that is aimed at the mountain guide operating at altitude. eliminating these areas of the award has allowed us to focus in greater detail to the requirements of the sea kayak guide.

This course is held at the world class training facilities of the Society for Sea Rescue (Redningsselskapet) at Horten, Norway. We have access to modern classrooms, an indoor wave pool and a varied environment with coastline and forest for scenario training.

Classroom session

This course covers the competencies required in two different environments. Each of these environments calls for different minimum standards of training and competency in emergency care. These levels are defined below with the minimum standard of emergency care provision defined. These are minimum standards and guides are encouraged to develop their emergency care abilities to the highest standard regardless of environment.

1. Sheltered Bay/ help within one hour maximum.

24 hour basic outdoor orientated first aid course. Should include the core competences of:

Assessment of Scene / Mechanism of Injury / Safety/ Need for further help Vital signs assessment/ Primary and Secondary Surveys

Airway / Breathing / Circulation Assessment and Management. Resuscitation , CPR , Choking

Bleeding / Shock / Wound Management

Fracture / Dislocation / Sprain / Strain Management Head, chest, abdominal and spinal trauma

Environmental Emergencies: Hypo/ Hyperthermia, Drowning, Basic Marine Envenomation’s / Injuries Medical Emergencies: Asthma , Epilepsy , Diabetes , Chest Pain, Anaphylaxis , Drowning Miscellaneous: Burns, Pain Management, Eye Injuries, Dental problems

Introduction to basic personal medication use, eg: inhalers (salbutamol and emergency medication use eg: Intramuscular adrenaline.

2. Exposed Coastal Environments 1 to 24 hours from help. Advanced First Aid / Wilderness First Reponder 60 hours training

These levels include all the core subjects of a basic course but examined in more detail and the students are expected to have a deeper understanding of the pathophysiology of injuries and illness included in the program. Apart from the additional subjects named below the principle benefit of this level of training is the opportunity to include more extensive and complex scenario simulations. In these scenarios students have the opportunity to begin to develop greater skills of vital signs assessment, differential diagnosis (basic), scene management , team leading , communications and treating patients.

Advanced Vital Signs including blood pressure , breath sounds , oxygen saturation assessment without a probe.

Advanced fracture management with the use of flexible, rigid and traction splints, including improvised splints.

Emergency medication use including salbutamol and administration of intramuscular injections. Familiarisation with advanced expedition medical kits and wilderness medical pocket guides.

Communication with supporting doctors I ambulance personnel.

Scenario based discussions on preventing and dealing with common medical problems whilst on expedition: Hydration and dehydration, diarrhoea and constipation, and genitourinary tract disorders.

Practical sessions on environmental hazards including sea survival and cold water immersion response, hypo and hyperthermia, and dealing with lightning injury.