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Episode #15: John Taussig’s Sailing Adventure Lessons as a Paramedic

Welcome back to Latitude 38’s podcast, Good Jibes! In this podcast, we’re bringing you the world of sailing through the eyes of the West Coast Sailor. Each week, you’ll hear stories and tips from the West Coast sailing community on cruising, racing, and just plain sailing. Cast off, laugh and learn, and become a better sailor. Hosted by John Arndt, Nicki Bennett, Ryan Foland, and the team at Latitude 38 – the sailing magazine for West Coast sailors since 1977!

John Taussing

This week’s host, John Arndt, is joined by John Taussig to chat about his craziest sailing stories and top safety tips. John Taussig is a paramedic, USCG 50-Ton Master License holder, adventure sailor, and Executive Director for Backcountry Medical Guides. He’s been an EMT and paramedic professional for 20 years and a lifelong sailor. Hear how to be safely prepared for your afternoon sail, rescue someone who’s hypothermic, the importance of communication on an adventure, John’s experience with the Panama Canal, and the time he was surrounded by a dozen orcas. This episode covers everything from extreme ocean adventures to top-notch safety advice.

Here’s a small sample of what you will hear in this episode:

  • Was John ever a racer?
  • What attracts him to spending time outdoors?
  • Is his wife a sailor?
  • What drives him to go on long cruises?
  • How do you rescue someone who is hypothermic?
  • What got John to be an EMT?
  • How should you prepare for your afternoon sail?
  • Short Tacks: What’s the most important lesson sailing has taught John?

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John Taussig

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Check out the episode and show notes below for much more detail.

Show Notes

Smooching in the Sand and Surf
Channeling Burt Lancaster and Deborah Kerr from the 1950s movie 'From Here to Eternity', the Poobah gently threw his future wife down on the sand, embraced her, and passionately kissed her as he rolled her into the breaking surf.
Stories of a Boat Building Legend
Today, November 15, is the first anniversary of Catalina Yachts founder Frank Butler's passing. Frank's son Dave wrote to us to share some memories of his dad.
Update on Delevopment
Treasure Island Mobility Management Agency is holding a Virtual Open House on November 17, 2021, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. to discuss proposed rates, discounts, and hours for the Treasure Island toll.