Talisker Whiskey Atlantic Rowing Challenge

Medical First Aid Kit & Training

Tailored training for TWAC participants

Are your participating in the upcoming Talisker Whiskey Atlantic Rowing Challenge?

The organization requires you to arrange your own medical kit and RYA accepted medical first aid certificate.

I’m Rob Sijbers, GP in Veenendaal, the Netherlands. I have a passion for educating sailors and rowers who plan to cross oceans.

As a former tropical doctor in subsaharan Africa and avid sailor, I know how challenging it can be to deal with a medical crisis in an environment that lacks many modern tools. Out there on the ocean, you’re on your own. If something happens, it’s up to you to deal with it.

Over the past five years I taught many hundreds of sailors how to prevent, treat and keep a level head with medical trauma at sea.

In 2021 I had the opportunity to train the Dutch TWAC team Mark Slats/Kai Wiedmer and in 2022 a Dutch female team and several Swiss teams. They received an extensive first aid course,  maritime first aid kit, medication box and RYA approved medical certificate. For the 2022/2023 edition I’m supporting an English/Dutch team and  again a Dutch female team. 

In this TWAC medical training, we follow the TWAC protocol when composing the first aid kit and medication box, ensuring you’re all set for the challenge.

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What's in the TWAC Medical Training?

Maritime first aid course special adapted for the Talisker Atlantic Row Challenge.
A 4 hourly practical course. You will practice many first aid elements!

Location: Veenendaal, the Netherlands

The training consists of:
  • basic life support-CPR;
  • Hypothermia & cold shock;
  • Basic vital signs;
  • Severe bleeding control & bandaging;
  • Sprains & bone fracture treatment;
  • Consciousness disorders; 
  • Rescue communication via VHF;
  • Seassickness prevention and treatment;
  • Dehydration prevention and treatment;
  • Hyperthermia prevention and treatment.
Optional theoretical exam for the RYA accepted first aid certificate: € 21,- incl. VAT per member

Inquire about the training by submitting the form below.

TWAC Medical Training price

€ 295,- per member

including VAT and sponsorship discount

What's in the TWAC First Aid Kit?

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Fully equipped waterproof first aid bag of German top brand PAX ‘First Responder’ which fits in the living compartment of your rowing boat.

Equipped with the standard Dutch first aid package with several specials like a bone splint, staple device, extra bandages/gauzes, syringes, medical fluids, etc.
Of course it meet the standards of the official TWAC medical kit list (appendix 2)

TWAC First Aid Kit Price

€ 325,- per kit

including VAT and sponsorship discount

What's in the TWAC Medical Box?

Specially adapted for the TWAC an extensive medication box by a Dutch pharmacy and equipped based on your personal needs. More extensive than the official Talisker needs of appendix 2!

TWAC Medical Box

€ 300,- per kit

Estimated price, varies per team (incl. VAT)

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About the instructor

Rob Sijbers

  • RYA first aid and radar certified
  • OPST, Offshore safety at sea course US Sailing 
  • Short Range certificaat, VB I/II 
  • Former tropical doctor
  • Currently working as GP in Veenendaal, the Netherlands
  • Loves sailing and teaching