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Ocean Triple R: Remote Recovery Rescue Emergency Care

Ocean Triple R: Remote Recovery Rescue Emergency Care

Courtesy of Nuala Moore, Dingle, Co Kerry, Ireland.

Nuala Moore explains the second Ocean Triple R (Remote Recovery Rescue) Emergency Care Summit that she developed with Dr. Patrick Buck, “ICE Immersion Cold Emergencies Level 1 program is tailored for the swimming community. As the numbers of swimmers increase both in distance and low temperatures, so do do the need to manage the swims on a higher level.

Dr. Buck and I combined the standards and procedures of best practice in cold water emergencies and how that information could be best applied to all the challenges that Moore has faced, seen and experienced both as a swimmer and as a team member both in ice swimming and channel swimming.

It is all about education and prevention – we have the information, the outcomes of cold water swimming is an expected one and it would be wonderful to develop an ethos that taking on remote or ice swims would come with training for all areas including teams.

One area I focus on is casualties or unconscious swimmers’ recovery and going through different skills that we can train for regarding swimmer removal and in-water rescue breaths as well as safety planning, team training, first aid and remote management.

It’s as much about prevention, as it is about management of outcomes.”

Level 2 and Level 3 programs are scheduled to be unveiled in the coming months.

The course will be accredited to Mountain Medicine UK and Rescue Emergency Care Ireland and Europe.

ICE Immersion Cold Emergencies with a special focus on cold water swimming on January 12th at the Waterworld Dive Centre, Castlegregory Co Kerry

9:00 – 9:30 am – Coffee and introductions
9:30 – 10:30 am – Expecting the Expected – Understanding how and why cold affects the human body by Dr. Patrick Buck
10:30 – 11:30 am – Four stages of cold water immersion by Dr. Patrick Buck
11:30 – 11:45 am – Coffee break and preparations for the pool session at 12:40
11.45 am – 12.30 pm – Preparing for the challenge of cold water immersion and not just training for the distance of the swim by Nuala Moore
12:40 p- 2:00 pm – Pool session and workshop with drills on safety procedures, swimmer removal, in-water rescue breaths (different methods), remote management of hypothermic swimmer in confined environments. Managing and treating the cold or hypothermic swimmer – recovery
2:00 – 2:30 pm – Lunch
2:30 – 3:15 pm – Extreme temperatures keep you honest – understanding the importance of personal responsibility and the value of team for cold open water swims by Nuala Moore
3:15 – 4:00 pm – Managing and treating the cold or hypothermic swimmer – field tested approaches. Techniques for recognizing safety issues and Strategic planning for cold water swims by Dr. Patrick Buck
4:15 – 5:00 pm – Case Studies, putting it all together with an open water swim at the pier for those who want to swim 10-15 minutes in 8°C water with a team focus and areas of management. Analysis of the swimmer post exit, managing and treating the cold or hypothermic swimmer, remote care, and making the call for medical assistance. Field tested approaches using the recovery techniques (in blizzards, etc.) for remote environments by Dr. Patrick Buck
5:00 – 5:30 pm – Debrief and Q&A over coffee with first aid kits for remote swims and discussion by Nuala Moore & Dr. Patrick Buck

For more information, contact Nuala Moore, Ocean Triple R at

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