Dr Gordon Giesbrecht is a professor of thermophysiology at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg where he runs the Laboratory for Excercise and Environmental Medicine, and studies human responses to excercise and work in extreme environments.
Gordon combines practical experiences as a wilderness instructor with 20 years of human cold research, conducting hundreds of lab and field trials which have led to the publication of more than 100 articles about cold physiology and pre-hospital care for human hypothermia. In 2006, Gordon teamed up with outdoors expert Jim Wilkerson to publish 'Hypothermia Frostbite and Other Cold Injuries'.
Gordon has been featured on the Discovery Channel, National Geographic and a number of television networks including David Lettermen's Late Show where he actually immersed himself in ice water on live TV to demonstrate the effects of Cold Water Immersion. He has also popularized the effective slogans 'one minute-ten minutes-one hour or 1/10/60' for immersion in icy water and 'Seatbelts-Children-Windows-Out' for escaping vehicles in water.
Dr Giesbrecht will take our Boot Campers through the various phases of Cold Water Immersion with intensive classroom discussions and a series of real world 'in-the-water' tests in order to effectively communicate his messasge of survival in the most harsh and unforgiving of water conditions. Let's hope that they're up for the challenge.
Since the late 1980's Ted Rankine has been the Host and driving force behind one of the most popular magazine-style shows, Power Boat Television. On the program airing in Canada and the U.S., the promotion of the use of lifejackets was a constant and important message to viewers.
Ted has been involved on the front lines with such organizations as the Canadian Coast Guard, the United States Coase Guard, Canadian Safe Boating Council, Canadian Power and Sail Squadrons, United States Power Squadrons, NASBLA and has been instrumental in the production of countless safety initiatives for TV, print, web and DVD distribution.
In 2006, Ted joined Gord in Alaska to help with a Cold Water Immersion project for Discovery Channel and again in Manitoba for the production of a Winter Ice Roads safety program.
In Spring of 2008, they'll don the parkas once again to create a milestone in reality TV programming on Cold Water Boot Camp.
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