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Expedition Medicine - Event - Expedition & Wilderness - New Zealand - White Water Expedition Medicine | New Zealand.  WMS Accredited for 12.75 CME Credits

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White Water Expedition Medicine | New Zealand. WMS Accredited for 12.75 CME Credits New Zealand

11 February 2018 to 16 February 2018

White Water Expedition Medicine Course set in New Zealand’s stunning South Island.

Expedition and Wilderness Medicine have developed an exciting new 6 day course for medical professional who participate in all white water kayaking and rafting activities.

The course is located in Murchison, the ‘Whitewater Capital’ of New Zealand.  With a plethora of nearby rivers including the Matakitaki and the mighty Buller it’s a perfect instructional area for novice and expert paddlers alike.


Spaces are strictly limited.


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Expedition & Wilderness Medicine's White Water Expedition Medicine Course in New Zealand is located in Murchison in the Tasman District of the South Island of New Zealand.  It is near the western end of the Four Rivers Plain, at the confluence of the Buller River and the Matakitaki Rivers.

The White Water course has been developed for medical professionals, and all medically related personnel interested in expedition and wilderness medicine who participate in white water kayak or rafting activities. Sea-kayakers will also benefit from this course.

No previous kayaking experience is necessary although participants should be confident swimmers.

On this course you will be immersed [literally] in the river. We'll teach you white-water kayaking skills, rolling, good paddling technique and river reading skills that will develop your independence on the water.  You will practice basic knots and pulley systems, boat-to-boat rescues, throw bagging, boat extraction and swimming in turbulent water. 

The Expedition Medicine tutors will develop the skills of the participants through practical sessions and hands-on experience and will teach about wilderness resuscitation; hypothermia and cold water immersion; water purification; communication strategies; kayak injury management; first aid kits and public health on expeditions.

Course Faculty 

Our medical faculty, headed by our Australian Medical Director, Dr. Andrew Peacock, can call on the knowledge of expedition experiences from some of the most remote locations in the world and the kayak instructors are NZ’s top professional instructors.  If you are interesting in preparing yourself for a white-water expedition or simply having the experience of a lifetime then this course is for you.  There is no better way to prepare yourself for the rigours of wilderness medicine.



This course is accredited for 30 PRPD points + 30 Emergency MOPS points and is eligible for a 2 Days Emergency Medicine Procedural Grant (subject to being eligible and registered in the procedural grants programme prior to attending).


The Whitewater course has been approved by the WMS for both CME and FAWM Credit.  It is eligible for 12.75 CME Credits.

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint providership of the Wilderness Medical Society and Expedition Medicine. The Wilderness Medical Society is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
The Wilderness Medical Society designates this educational activity for a maximum of 12.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits TM. Each physician should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

If you would like to extend your stay, Murchison is an outdoors activity mecca.  Nearby activities include fishing, tramping, horse trekking, mountain biking and gold panning. There is a wide variety of accommodation available ranging from backpackers and campgrounds to luxury lodges in spectacular settings.


(subject to change)

Day 1 

  • Sunday
  • Rendezvous with group at Christchurch Airport
  • Transfer to Murchison
  • Introduction to the week ahead and the white water course

Day 2 

  • Monday
  • Rolling practice
  • Lecture: Overview of Expedition Medicine
  • Kayaking skills
  • Rotating group sessions #1
  • River Expedition Etiquette, River Rescue, Wilderness Resuscitation, Kayak Injury Management
  • Lecture: Hypothermia and Cold Water Immersion
  • Evening Guest Speaker


Day 3 

  • Tuesday
  • Rolling practice
  • Kayaking skills and River Rescue Practice
  • Rotating group sessions #2
  • Communication, Water Purification, First Aid Kits
  • Lecture: Pre-existing and common medical conditions
  • Evening Guest Speaker


Day 4 

  • Wednesday
  • Rolling practice 
  • Kayak skills
  • White water rafting trip
  • Lecture: Public Health on Expeditions

Day 5 

  • Thursday
  • Full day River Kayaking Trip – River rescue and casualty scenario
  • Lecture: Pre expedition planning and legal issues


Day 6 

  • Friday 
  • Kayaking for fun
  • Course summing up 
  • Group transfer to Christchurch airport
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