You are in the process of preparing you cruise or you are just starting to think of sailing away on a voyage of a lifetime? You want to sail offshore or you are already a cruiser and spent your winters in the Caribbean? The idea of a threatening health issue arising while offshore is a real concern for any serious sailor. This is a seminar you will be glad you listened to before you cast off your lines. Don’t be like the majority of sailors who wait until the very end before considering the medical aspect of the preparation. Dr. Hayes as researched (and still does) sailing injuries within the cruising population. He believes that good preparation, common sense and prevention are the keys for uneventful passages when sailing offshore.
David Hayes is both a clinician and a Professor at the University of Québec in Trois-Rivières. After establishing the first graduate program in Sports Chiropractic at the University, he developed an interest in offshore sailing injuries. During an 18 months research sabbatical he sailed 14 000 miles in different World Cruising Club rallies including the ARC and the Caribbean 1500. He surveyed hundreds of cruisers in order to gather a better understanding of potential offshore sailing injuries among this population. Dr. Hayes has since been lecturing on the issue of Health and Safety at Sea at different seminars in Canada and the US. He was cited in different sailing magazines, such as Cruising World, as an expert on the subject.