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Surf Survival Camp at Harmony Hotel

Oct 2, 2012

Author: Press Release

What do you do if the surf gets too big, you step on a sea urchin, or your buddy slices his leg open during a wipeout? Thanks to Nosara’s Harmony Hotel you can find out at its first Surf Survival Camp, Nov. 10 - 17, 2012.

Led by Dr. Andrew Nathanson, one of the authors of the best selling handbook Surf Survival, guests will experience a week of hands-on wilderness first-aid workshops, fitness tips for getting the most out of the surf season, and learn how to avoid surfing injuries.  

“With surfing’s ever increasing popularity, the world is beating a path to our door,” says Irene Morales, general manager of the Harmony Hotel, “Therefore we want to provide the skills people need to truly get the most out of a surfing vacation. And true to Harmony’s nature, we have included plenty of yoga and relaxation time as part of the program.”

The Harmony Hotel Surf Survival Camp package includes a seven-night stay in either a Cocos room or Bungalow; daily Asana yoga classes; daily a la carte breakfasts; two dinners and two lunches; a choice of two of three activities including: a stand-up paddling tour, kayak tour, or ziplining excursion; one 60-minute massage; and transfers to and from the Nosara Airport. Surf Survival Camp packages start at $3,125.70 USD for a Cocos room, based on double-occupancy. Single occupancy pricing is also available.

As part of the on-site instruction from Dr. Nathanson for the Surf Survival Camp, guests will learn to:

- Minimize the risk of surfing injuries

- Rescue a surfer / swimmer in trouble and perform CPR

- Repair wounds using skin staplers, wound adhesives, and steri-strips

- Prevent and diagnose common tropical diseases

- Treat bites and stings from dangerous marine animals

- Prepare for a remote Surf-ari and put together a first-aid kit

- Make splints for sprains and fractures and re-set dislocated joints

Dr. Nathanson is a clinical associate professor of emergency medicine at the Alpert Medical School of Brown University and works at a level-one trauma centre. Nathanson has published numerous studies on surfing, windsurfing, and sailing injuries, and organizes a biennial Wilderness Medical Society conference on marine medicine.

“I am passionate about teaching surfers the basic medical skills surfers need so they can be safe whether surfing at their own home beak, or venturing to a remote island in the South Pacific,” says Nathanson. “I cover everything from what you should have as part of a first aid kit, and how to deal with common skin and ear problems, to what you should eat for maximum energy while out on the water.”

For parents looking to provide their children with a better understanding of the risks and rewards associated with surfing, the Surf Survival Camp is open to anyone aged 12 and up. A second Surf Survival Camp is also planned for summer 2013.

To learn more about the Harmony Hotel Surf Survival Camp, email surfsurvival@harmonynosara.com or visit harmonynosara.com.

About The Harmony Hotel

Inspired by the old school tropical destinations of eras that appreciate low-key glamour and total escape, the Harmony Hotel is the perfect setting for people to get in tune with their natural rhythm. For more information, visit harmonynosara.com.


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