Bestselling Author Distills Lessons of History

America’s great chronicler of ocean rescues and survival at sea, Michael Tougias returns to TrawlerFest-Florida to share the lessons of his research.

Michael Tougias

Michael Tougias

Tougias, who presents "Survival Lessons from Sea Disasters," has conducted extensive research about how people have managed to stay alive despite obstacles that most of us shudder to think about. He shares what he has learned about decision-making under pressure from researching his six national bestsellers: A Storm Too Soon, Overboard!, Rescue of the Bounty, Ten Hours Until Dawn, Fatal Forecast and The Finest Hours (the basis for the 2016 Disney movie, illustrated by the poster art above). Tougias demonstrates how survivors channeled and managed their energy, making proactive, lifesaving decisions.

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This seminar pairs well with "Survival at Sea," a seminar led by Capt. Bob Arrington. You might say that Tougias looks at the psychology of survival, while Arrington tackles the physics and mechanics of survival.

Capt. Bob Arrington

Capt. Bob Arrington

Among the topics that trainer Bob Arrington will discuss are: heaving to, storm anchors, drogues, ditch bags and communicating with rescuers. Brian Kinsella of Viking Liferafts will focus on liferafts, one of which will be deployed during class. 

It also pairs well our four-hour “First Aid & Emergency Preparedness at Sea.” in which Dr. Jim Chimiak of DAN Medical Services discusses boater safety resources and an approach to basic medical care, including case reviews that detail the initial steps in dealing with medical emergencies in remote locations. Originally established as a medical resource and evacuation service for SCUBA divers, DAN has over the years developed unparalled expertise to advise mariners venturing beyond the range of 911. 

DAN Medical Services kit.

DAN Medical Services kit.

"Survival at Sea" and "First Aid & Emergency Preparedness at Sea" both provide attendees with a certificate of completion, which, depending on your type of insurance, may qualify you for a discount on your premium. 

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 You can take these three seminars and most of the others for single price. Being a four- or six-day VIP gives you access their choice of attending any seminar (except the Diesel engine and on-the-water boat handling course). The cost is $399 for a four-day VIP pass and $499 for the six-day pass. Visit our ticketing site and do some math. You'll see how being a VIP maximizes your seminar buying power.

SEMINARS: Tuesday-Sunday, March 6–11, 2018

IN-WATER BOAT SHOW: Thursday-Sunday, March 8–11, 2018

LOCATION: Hutchinson Island Marriot Resort and Marina, 555 NE Ocean Blvd, Stuart, FL 34996

QUESTIONS? Contact Jennifer at jdudas@aimmedia.com or (954) 761-7073.

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