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Harvard Humanitarian Initiative Faculty coming to Expedition Medicine National Conference in Little Rock!

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We're pleased to announce that Dr. Tim Erickson, clinical toxicologist and faculty member of the famed Harvard Humanitarian Initiative will be coming to Little Rock to teach at the Expedition Medicine National Conference!

Dr. Erickson has worked all over the world in a variety of clinical and disaster settings.  He currently serves as the Chief of Medical Toxicology at the Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, and his renowned as a researcher and teacher has won him numerous national awards.

At ExpedMed, we're committed to providing the best instructors and the most practical lectures on Expedition Medicine. Dr. Erickson will be teaching on arthropod envenomations, expedition toxicology, and marine envenomations this March.  Be sure to register early for the Expedition Medicine National Conference as space is limited and registrations are already filling up!

Here is Dr. Erickson's full bio:

Dr. Timothy B. Erickson is a new HHI Core Faculty member with expertise in environmental toxicology and crisis in climate change. He also has active humanitarian health projects in conflict regions of Ukraine and Syria.

Dr. Erickson is an emergency medicine physician at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston where he serves as the Chief of Medical Toxicology in the Department of Emergency Medicine.

Dr. Erickson earned his M.D. degree from The Chicago Medical School in 1986. He completed emergency medicine residency training at the University of Illinois and his medical toxicology fellowship at Cook County Hospital in Chicago. Dr. Erickson is a Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians, American College of Medical Toxicology, American Academy of Clinical Toxicology, and the prestigious National Geographic Explorers Club.

Previously, Dr. Erickson served as the Director for the UIC Center for Global Health and Professor of Emergency Medicine and Medical Toxicology at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Erickson also served as the Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs, Graduate Medical Education, and Continuing Medical Education at the UIC College of Medicine. He was an Acting and Interim Head in the Department of Emergency Medicine and has held other multifaceted appointments ranging from EM Residency Program Director to Chief of Medical Toxicology.

Dr. Erickson has been a member of multiple editorial boards and has a prolific academic history including publishing over 120 original journal articles and book chapters as well as editing 4 major textbooks. He has presented over 100 national and international invited lectures related to emergency medicine, toxicology, humanitarian global health, and wilderness/expedition medicine.

Dr. Erickson’s federal grant funding includes HRSA sponsored grants related to global preparedness and bioterrorism and a Medtronic foundation grant addressing acute cardiovascular disease in India. He has extensive international experience in Africa (Rwanda, Sudan, Kenya), Asia (India, Vietnam, Nepal), South America (Brazil, Peru, Argentina), Europe (Kosovo, Ukraine, France) and Antarctica. 

500lb Alligator Found in Dumas, Arkansas

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This month an 11 foot long, 500 lb alligator was found just outside of Dumas, Arkansas.( http://www.arkansasonline.com/news/2017/sep/19/alligator-killed-arkansas-creek-weighed-over-500-p/ )

At the Expedition Medicine National Conference we have an entire lecture entitled, "Large Carnivorous Reptiles" where we discuss how to avoid injury when dealing with large reptiles like alligators (and crocodiles, anacondas, Komodo dragons, and the like), and also how to treat the wounds if an attack occurs.

Come to the most fascinating and practical CME course on practicing medicine "in the wild." Register today while seats are still available!

Schedule for the Expedition Medicine National Conference Now Available!

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Malaria, Refugee Health, High Altitude medicne, Ebola, snake envenomations...whew!

How do you prepare to work as a medical professional in a remote setting when the possibilities for injury or illness are so diverse?

At the Expedition Medicine National Conference we've designed the curriculum to offer a wide range of interesting topics for those who want to learn more about practicing in extreme and remote environments.

Check out our recently published curriculum taught by international experts.  CME doesn't get any better than this!

Friday, March 9th

8am-9am   The Expedition Physician   (Donner)

9am-10am   Travel Immunizations (Townes)

10am-10:30am   Break

10:30am-11:30am   Large Carnivorous Reptiles   (Bledsoe)

11:30am-12:30pm   Expedition & Wilderness Toxicology   (Erickson)

12:30pm-2pm   Lunch (On Your Own)

2pm-3pm   Reptile Envenomations   (Callahan)

3pm-4pm   Mountain Medicine   (Smith)

4pm-4:30pm    Break

4:30pm-5:30pm   High Altitude Medicine    (Donner)

5:30pm-6:30pm   Everest Disaster    (Kamler)

 

Saturday, March 10th

8am-9am   Bringing Combat Medicine to EMS    (Smith)

9am-10am   Malaria    (Townes)

10am-10:30am    Break

10:30am-11:30am    Arthropod Envenomations    (Erickson)

11:30am-12:30pm   Emergency at 30,000ft    (Donner)

12:30pm-2pm     Lunch (On Your Own)

2pm-3pm   Marine Envenomations    (Erickson)

3pm-4pm   Ebola and Mass Casualty Infections    (Callahan)

4pm-4:30pm   Break

4:30pm-5:30pm   Refugee Health    (Townes)

5:30pm-6:30pm   Lightning Strike Mass Casualty Incident    (Smith)

 

*Schedule is tentative and subject to change

Global Health Expert from Seattle coming to ExpedMed Little Rock!

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At ExpedMed, we pride ourselves in creating the best CME events for adventurous medical professionals.

Excellent CME begins with excellent instructors and so it's with great enthusiasm that we introduce another of our stellar faculty members, Dr. David Townes.

Dr. Townes is an Emergency Medicine physician and member of the Global Health faculty at the University of Washington in Seattle.  He is an expert in tropical medicine and working in extreme environments, and he served as a co-editor of our textbook, Expedition and Wilderness Medicine.

We're incredibly honored that Dr. Townes will be visiting Little Rock in March to speak at the Expedition Medicine National Conference.  Reserve your seat today for this exciting event!

Here is Dr. Townes' full bio:

David Townes, MD, MPH, DTM&H, received his medical degree from the University of Massachusetts and completed his internship and residency in emergency medicine at the University of Illinois at Chicago where he also completed a fellowship in International Emergency Medicine earning a Master's Degree in Public Health (MPH) with a concentration in Health Policy and Administration. He is board certified in emergency medicine. He also holds a Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (DTM&H) from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

Dr. Townes joined the faculty at the University of Washington in 2001 in the Division of Emergency Medicine. In addition, he is currently a Public Health and Medical Technical Advisor to the Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) at the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and Medical Epidemiologist in the Emergency Response and Recovery Branch (ERRB) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In this capacity his interests and responsibilities include providing expert technical advice, formulating and conveying OFDA public health policy and technical positions, reviewing all health proposals submitted to OFDA, and design, implementation, and monitoring and evaluation of some OFDA funded programs.

Previously, Dr. Townes was appointed as an Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) Officer and Medical Epidemiologist in the Malaria Branch at the CDC and served as a Lieutenant Commander in the United States Public Health Service (USPHS).

In addition to his global health experience, Dr. Townes has worked extensively in the areas of wilderness and expedition medicine, including serving as an expedition physician in Antarctica, Costa Rica, and on Mt. Kilimanjaro. He has been a physician member of the National Ski Patrol and the Yosemite National Park Search and Rescue Team. He is an editor of Expedition and Wilderness Medicine published by Cambridge University Press in 2009.

Dr. Townes has worked in Antarctica, Costa Rica, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guatemala, Haiti, Indonesia, Jordan, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Russia, Senegal, Tanzania, Turkey, the West Indies, and Zambia.

His research interests include response to complex humanitarian emergencies, disease surveillance in humanitarian emergencies, health policy for humanitarian emergencies, refugee and internally displaced populations, and malaria.

Famed Expedition Physician and Author Coming to ExpedMed Little Rock!

Dr. Howard Donner

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ExpedMed is excited to announce that Dr. Howard Donner is confirmed for our Little Rock event on March 9-10, 2018!

Dr. Donner is one of the leading voices of Wilderness Medicine and is an experienced expert in remote medical care. 

Here is Dr. Donner's biography:

Howard Donner, MD is a highly acclaimed speaker on Wilderness Medicine. Renowned as one of the “world’s most experienced expedition physicians”, Dr. Donner is co-author of The Field Guide to Wilderness Medicine, worked on numerous medical projects in the Himalayas, 3 seasons as a rescue doctor on Mt. McKinley in Alaska for the National Park Service at the 14,000 foot medical/rescue station, expedition physician on the first American ascent of Kangchenjunga, the world’s third largest peak (28,000 feet), Olympic physician for the United States White Water Team in Atlanta (1996) and 5 years of service as a medical operations consultant for NASA. Dr. Donner has been prominently featured in two award-winning NOVA television documentaries including; "Deadly Ascent" which chronicles mountain medicine and research on 20,320 ft Denali (Mount McKinley); and "Everest - The Death Zone". Donner served as expedition doctor on the 1998 NOVA Everest expedition, which was featured in the television documentary: "Everest: The Death Zone".

High Altitude Medicine with Dr. Howard Donner at ExpedMed!

At a prior ExpedMed event, Dr. Howard Donner delivered a lecture on high altitude medicine.  We recorded the talk and are making it available to ExpedMed fans as an example of the quality of teaching displayed at ExpedMed.

Howard is an author and highly experienced expedition physician who has traveled the world and lectures to thousands of physicians annually.

Take a look at this lecture, and if you want more, be sure to register for our Expedition Medicine National Conference that will be in Little Rock, Arkansas, March 9-10, 2018!

 

Dr. Ken Kamler speaks at the Arkansas Heart Summit!

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Dr. Ken Kamler and Dr. Bruce Murphy

One of our ExpedMed faculty was in Little Rock this past weekend speaking at the Arkansas Heart Summit!

Dr. Ken Kamler was the keynote speaker at the Summit this year, an event that was attended by 400 clinicians from around the state of Arkansas.  On Friday evening, Dr. Kamler told his gripping story of the 1996 blizzard on Mount Everest that claimed the lives of numerous climbers.  Dr. Kamler was the only physician on the mountain that day, and his photos and anecdotes about the incident were riveting.

At the end of his talk, Dr. Kamler received a standing ovation from the crowd led by Dr. Bruce Murphy, CEO of the Arkansas Heart Hospital.

It was fantastic to have Dr. Kamler here in Arkansas, and it will be great to welcome him back to Little Rock this March 9-10, 2018 for the Expedition Medicine National Conference!

Mrs. Sara Bledsoe, Dr. Greg Bledsoe, and Dr. Ken Kamler at the Arkansas Heart Summit

Mrs. Sara Bledsoe, Dr. Greg Bledsoe, and Dr. Ken Kamler at the Arkansas Heart Summit

Harvard Infectious Disease Expert Dr. Michael V. Callahan coming to Little Rock!

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We're pleased to announce out newest faculty addition to the Expedition Medicine National Conference: Michael V. Callahan MD  DTM&H  MSPH.

Dr. Callahan is a well-known expert in the Infectious Disease Division of Massachusetts General Hospital.  He has lead numerous research projects in his area of expertise, and from 2005-2012 he led DARPA's $270M biodefense therapeutics program.

Dr. Callahan is a frequent national lecturer and excellent teacher.  We're incredibly excited to have Dr. Callahan on our faculty list for the March 9-10, 2018 Expedition Medicine National Confernence in Little Rock.  Be sure to register early as space is limited!

Dr. Callahan's full profile:

"Michael Callahan is a physician scientist boarded in medicine, ID, tropical medicine (DTM&H), Mass Casualty Care (DMC) and Rescue Medicine Command MD#17. Dr. Callahan's clinical appointments are at MGH/Harvard Medical School, and Visiting Professor at King Chulalongkorn Medical Center in Bangkok, Kaduna, Nigeria and Panama City, PN. His focus is emergency clinical trials for catastrophic infectious diseases such as Ebola, H5N1, MERS, Zika Virus, Chikungunya and complex dengue viral disease. He has developed drugs in market and expedited Phase 2 trials to support Animal Rule decisions including EUA-OLU trials for H5N1 (Jakarta), H7N9 (Nanjing), cutaneous anthrax (Gombe) burkholderia (Phnom Penh), Ebola (Isiro, Monrovia) and Lassa (Kaduna, Kano). From 2005-2012 he led DARPA's $270M biodefense therapeutics program where he developed multiple drugs in clinic and launched Prophecy, a international physician-to-foreign government clinical trials network to support regulatory decisions for zoonotic and biodefense therapies. In 2010 he was awarded the DARPA Achievement Award, the highest award in the Agency. Biotechnology achievements include: CRP-liposomal amphotericin (Ambisome; Gilead); cPG (Pfizer) MIMIC (Sanofi), pH1N1 vaccine, Nicotinia-expressed Ebola therapies (Leaf/Mapp); 2 vaccines from FSU BW programs and inception, development and funding of DARPA's Accelerated Pharmaceuticals Programs (AMP; 7 INDs; 3 NDAs), 7-Day Biodefense (4 INDs), the MIMIC platform, Rapid Altitude & Hypoxia Acclimatization (ENO; Phase 2),: Prophecy (7 international trial sites) and CLIO (licensing agreement disclosed under CDA). In 2012 Dr. Callahan was recruited as President of Unither Virology a United Therapeutics company (UTHR), leading a R&D team executing a $45M NIH contract to accelerate a antiviral from lead to Phase 2 for dengue and flu, and to develop next-generation antivirals against RSV, Zika, Chikungunya and transplant-associated viral indications."

What Do People Think About Our ExpedMed Courses? Let's Ask them and Find Out!

One of the things that is most gratifying to us at ExpedMed is the excited feedback we get from those who come to our events.

Our ExpedMed events have been attended by hundreds of clinicians from all over the world, and it's always incredibly fun to hear their feedback and their stories.

At one of our past events we took some quick interviews with participants and asked what they thought of the teaching at ExpedMed. Curious? Click on the video below to see for yourself why people ar so excited about ExpedMed.

Don't forget to register for our Little Rock conference! It's coming in March and space is limited!

 

Tiger Attacks Woman in China Drive-Through Safari

With most urban people having few encounters with truly wild animals these days, a lack of appreciation for the strength and, at times, ferocity of large predators unfortunately develops.  People who take risks around these creatures sometimes learn the dangers too late.  

In this video, a woman steps out of her car in a drive through safari in China and is attacked by a tiger. (Warning: Graphic Content)

At our ExpedMed events, we discuss animal attacks-- how to treat them, but also how to prevent them.  Learn from our experts why wild animals should be respected and how best to protect yourself and your travel companions.

 

 

Dr. Will Smith, Medical Director, Grand Teton National Park & Teton County Search and Rescue, coming to Little Rock!

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Will Smith, Medical Director of Teton National Park and Teton County Search and Rescue in Jackson, Wyoming is coming to Little Rock as a member of our ExpedMed faculty!

Dr. Smith has extensive experience in Wilderness Medicine and Search and Rescue.  He has managed mass casualty incidents at high altitude, and has completed multiple deployments overseas as a Lt. Colonel in the US Army Reserve Medical Corps.

We are honored to have Dr. Smith's involvement in our Expedition Medicine National Conference and look forward to hearing his lectures this March!

Dr. Smith's complete bio:

Dr. Smith practices Emergency Medicine in Jackson Hole, Wyoming and is clinical WWAMI faculty for the University of Washington School of Medicine, as well as the Medical Director for the US National Park Service.  Locally, he serves as the Co-Medical Director for Grand Teton National Park, Teton County Search & Rescue, Bridger Teton National Forest, and Jackson Hole Fire/EMS.  Dr. Smith also serves as a Lt. Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve Medical Corps, recently completing his 3rd Middle East deployment.  LTC Smith has practiced medicine around the world on 6 continents, from the 'Baghdad ER' to Easter Island.  His combat experience combined with his pre-hospital EMS experience as a Paramedic, and his technical Search and Rescue skills have lead to numerous speaking engagements at Wilderness and EMS conferences/seminars around the world. Dr. Smith has also been appointed to several national committees (American Heart Association), authored numerous book chapters and consensus guidelines on Wilderness and Rescue Medicine, and serves as a Subject Matter Expert for DARPA. He has founded and runs Wilderness and Emergency Medicine Consulting (WEMC), LLC. More information can be found at www.wildernessdoc.com .

 

ExpedMed Faculty Member Discusses Venomous Snake Bites: Dr. Tim Erickson

The faculty we invite to our ExpedMed events are true experts in their field.  In this video, Dr. Tim Erickson discusses venomous snake bites and how to treat them.  Tim is a clinical toxicologist at Harvard and will be coming to Little Rock this March to teach in our Expedition Medicine National Conference.  Be sure to register early for our event. Space is limited!

 

ExpedMed coming to Little Rock, Arkansas!

It's been a few years since we've held an ExpedMed event, but we're excited to announce that the Expedition Medicine National Conference is back and will be held in Little Rock, Arkansas in March 9-10, 2018.

We've already confirmed a stellar nationally known faculty, and will be holding the event at the beautiful Heifer International headquarters.

Follow this blog for updates regarding this event, and other announcements by ExpedMed. 

As always, feel free to contact us with any questions, and be sure to register early since space is limited!

 

CME on Little Saint Simons Island: Beach Interview

Ever want to get away on your own private island?

What if you could enjoy 10,000 acres of pristine beauty with seven miles of undeveloped beach?

February 28-March 3, 2013 ExpedMed will be going to Little Saint Simons Island for a CME event in this amazing wilderness location.

Check out our information page on the event and our video interview with one of the Little Saint Simons Island naturalists.

Only a few rooms left for this truly incredible adventure.

Hope you guys can make it.  

ExpedMed 2012 Expedition Medicine National Conference this Week!

Just a reminder to everyone that this week is the Expedition Medicine National Conference.

Classes begin Friday morning and end Sunday around lunch.

Give us a call if you're interested in attending.  We're going to have a lot of fun.

Charles Ickes

I just posted a new article over on the ghbledsoe.com website about a guy named Charles Ickes who is listed as a coauthor on some malaria research papers.

Ickes is interesting because he was an incarcerated prisoner at Stateville Penitentiary serving time for armed robbery at the time of the research publication.

If you are interested in Travel Medicine or Topical Medicine, the Ickes story is a fascinating historical tidbit from years gone by.

ExpedMed CME Adventures: Polar Bears of Churchill


An up close visit with one of the polar bears of Churchill.When we began building ExpedMed, we tried to look for ways to expose medical professionals to Expedition Medicine and Wilderness Medicine experiences in authentic ways.  We recruited the best faculty and published an acclaimed textbook to help us present these important topics.

In 2009, we began offering CME trips to give our participants "hands on" experience in exotic environments.

Our goal was to partner with the best travel companies in the world. Our partners were expected to have not only exemplary records of safety and expertise in their travel programs, but also be committed to eco-friendly policies and sustainable growth practices that invest in local, indigenous poulations.

Downtown Churchill, CanadaOur first trip was with Tusker Trail, one of the preiminent safari and trekking companies in Africa.  Tusker leads our Kilimanjaro CME trips each year.

Our most recent trip was to Churchill, Canada to visit this remote outpost that sees more polar bears than anywhere on earth.  We selected travel company Frontiers North Adventures to partner with our ExpedMed team, and the result was a great experience in the "frozen tundra."  This is a quick report on our trip...

Our trip was in later October and began in Winnipeg, Canada.  

Winnipeg is a medium-sized city in which I was able to spend a few days.  During my time in Winnipeg I took a recommendation from Urbanspoon and visited Hermanos, a local restaurant.  The food at Hermanos was great.  I went there twice and got great service and ate the ribeye each time.  Fantastic.  I even splurged one night and tried their Black Gold dessert which was incredible.  Great place to eat.

The morning of the trip, our ExpedMed group boarded a shuttle and were transported with the rest of the Frontiers North crowd to a private jet for our flight to Churchill.  It was efficient and stress-free.  We had plenty of space to spread out and we landed in Churchill without any problems.

When we were on the tarmac, the wind was howling and the temperature was noticeably cooler than it was in Winnipeg.

I was ecstatic to finally be in Churchill, a town I had read about years before as an amazing intersection of polar bears and humans.

We spent that first day touring the small town and visiting the "polar bear jail," a place where polar bears are sent when they wander into town. 

Churchill has been dealing with polar bears for so long, they have developed a system for protecting the humans in this remote outpost and also being respectful and protective of the bears.  Any polar bear that wanders into Churchill is either tranquilized or, more often, caught in one of the large polar bear traps.  Once captured, the bear is sent to the "jail" for a period of time then flown outside the city and released.

Late in the afternoon our group boarded a famed "Tundra Buggy" and headed to our lodging for the next few days:  the Tundra Buggy Lodge.

Those touring Churchill can decide to stay in town or in the Tundra Buggy Lodge.  Our group booked rooms in the Lodge so we could get the feel for staying out on the Tundra, in the environment of the awesome creatures we hoped to see.

The next few days went by quickly.

We spent our days rolling around the tundra looking for bears and the evenings sharing excellent food and good company in the Lodge with our fellow travelers.  

While Churchill and the Tundra Buggy Lodge were interesting experiences, the bears were the stars, of course.

Polar bears are incredible animals, well-adapted to their frozen environment.  I had seen a few during my trip to the North Pole in 2008, but these bears were up close-- really, really close.  It was a privilege to see these magnificent beasts a few feet away from our Buggy, and a series of moments that I will never forget.

At some point in the future I hope to post some more about Churchill, our ExpedMed adventures, and polar bears, but for now I must round this up.  I'll finish with a few more photos and a video of one of the big bears as it approached out Buggy heading for a seal carcass.

Our plane arrives in Churchill

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Great White Shark Cage Diving CME Itinerary

Hey guys.

For those of you who want more information on our ExpedMed Great White Shark Cage Diving CME Adventure , we just posted the detailed itinerary.

For those who can't find the time to click over to the Great White Shark Adventure informational page, here's the itinerary below.

More information about our dive partners, Shark Diver, can be found on their website:  www.SharkDiver.com 

 

Shark Diving Itinerary

Welcome to Shark Diver.Your dive expedition to the Pacific's most pristine and robust white shark dive site leaves from San Diego's famous H&M's Landing, 10 minutes from San Diego's airport and home to California's long range fishing fleets. Shark Divers vessel the MV Horizon boards divers from California to Isla Guadalupe. We are on site usually 20 hours later and beginning your first exciting white shark cage dives after a hearty breakfast. We take a maximum of 12 divers per trip - perfect for dive clubs, corporate groups, film crews, and photographers.

Day One

Boarding begins at 9:00pm -11.00pm on the evening prior to your expedition date. Prior to boarding most of our divers have booked with the Holiday Inn Bayside under our special Shark Diver Rate, we are happy to be working again this year with the Bayside, our 8th season with them. Divers generally come in a day early and take advantage of the Baysides free airport shuttle service and 7 minute location from the international airport. Our divers also like discover San Diego's Gas Lamp District, home to some of California's top restaurants and entertainment venues located minutes from the hotel. If you're coming to San Diego early plan on visiting the town. We generally depart from the docks at 11:00-12.00pm. Travel time to Guadalupe is approximately 20 hours. Once you arrive to the vessel you'll be greeted by Martin Graf, your dive operations manager. Martin holds the enviable distinction of spending the most time at Isla Guadalupe aside from the shark researchers at CICIMAR. His wealth of shark knowledge and dive operations prowess makes Martin our top choice again this year to run the white shark program on the MV Horizon. He also speaks German and Swiss fluently and works in tandem with the entire vessel crew who you'll soon get acquainted with. For now it's time to get settled and into bed, try and get some sleep because in a few hours from now the next time you set your head on your pillow just know there will probably be two or three white sharks swimming underneath it!

Day Two

We will arrive at Guadalupe approximately 9:00 am (breakfast time). The arrival to the island is, and remains, one of our favorite moments. For many of our shark divers who booked with us almost a year ago this is it, the Island of the Great White Sharks, you have arrived. If you're an early coffee drinker this moment will be etched in your mind for the rest of your life as you stand on the bow of the vessel taking in the scene. Guadalupe's craggy volcanic flanks rise 4000' to literally scrape the bottoms of cloud formations here, it's a big island. The large rock off to the tip of the island is Point Norte, or Shark Fin Rock, we'll pass this on to the small bay just ahead, white shark central. Upon arrival, we anchor, deploy our huge shark cages and begin operations. Breakfast is served in the galley, and Martin will be doing an in depth dive safety review prior to your cage time. Cage diving rotations are usually one hour at a time and the vessel is divided into four crews of three with six divers in the water at any given time. Your first cage dive is usually preceded by someone yelling "White Shaaaark!". A few years ago we had a young deck hand "Mikey from Main" who's tell tale white shark yell is a tradition we carry on to this day. Welcome to cage diving, keep your eyes open as you walk down a short ladder into the industries largest shark cages, chances are in a few minutes you'll ba face to face with the Great White shark. Lunch is served around noon and for most divers this is a welcome break from the morning and getting used to the world of cage diving. We pick up the afternoons cage diving rotations after lunch or power through depending on the shark action this day. Dinner is served approximately 6:00pm. After a hot shower and a change into your post shark encounter clothes, it's time for a sunset beer, or three on the bow with the other newly minted shark divers. Congratulations, it took you a long time to get here, but you did it, and now you're ready for the next two days of white sharks, and more. You are an official Shark Diver.

Day Three

If we decide to try a different site, we move early and begin operations at sunrise. Cage diving continues throughout the day and rotation times will be increased. Usually we stay in place as our crews and vessel captain know where to place the vessel and where the sharks are. Chances are you'll see another long range boat in the bay, but the sharks will transit from boat to boat, and with the density of animals on site everyone get's into sharks. We may get boarded by the MX Navy while were on site. They will board each vessel at least three or four time during the season. They are looking for valid commercial shark diving permits, passenger manifests, and some water or a soda. These young marines work very hard with little pay, so we always offer them lunch and water. Do not be surprised to see guns, this is a a typical Mexican boarding procedure and they have been doing this since 2008. The good news is their presence deters unlawful sport fishing boats who, in 2007, hooked a white shark right in front of us. Fortunately we sent a small boat over to them to film what they were doing and they soon cut the line and ran away. Having the MX Navy on site is a good thing. Day three ends as day two did, by now you have moved over to the expert class of Shark Diver and you know what the color of a white sharks eye really is. Only a real shark diver knows this so consider yourself one of the fortunate few. Like we said before, tonight when you go to sleep just know that a few feet below you lurk some of the white sharks you have come to know over the past few days. Shredder with his unique dorsal fin, Fat Tony, Mau, or even Bruce. They'll be here when you wake up.

Day Four

By now, everyone will be old pros and enjoy the relaxed feel of things. Your shark cage team will be some of your best friends even after this latest adventure with Shark Diver. Cage teams typically assign names for themselves, "The Wild Ones", "Team Dark Tide" when it's time to go cage diving you're team is ready and able, knowing where all the gear is located and how to suit up. Our photographers will be focused on getting the "best of the trip" shot and shark fans will now be able to accurately measure, sex, and identify each new shark. Shark Diver has a share and share alike policy towards shark images. Basically if you happen to nail the best trip shot, share it. Each night we provide memory sticks so divers can offload images and share them with each other. That way every divers goes home with the absolute best images they can, a group effort. The last cage rotation is always bitter sweet, time to say good by to animals that have captured our imaginations since, for many, childhood. It's amazing but sometimes if you really connect with an animal, there's a moment where the two of you just click. Shredder has been clicking with divers since our first season, and we hope you get to meet him this year, as he has proven to be quite a unique and wonderful animal.We depart around dinner time and head for home, make sure you take some last minute snap shots of Shark Fin Rock on the way out, usually the light is just right and it's a great way to say good by.

Day Five

We travel back to San Diego and arrive at the docks approximately 5:00 - 7:00 pm.