Hawk Ventures was certified in 2014 as a Starfish Aquatics Institute (SAI) Training Center. This has activated us to offer the SAI Wilderness StarGuard® certification course. Our first course was held August 29-30, 2016 at Lake James in North Carolina, USA. It was run in conjunction with the Carolina Wilderness EMS Externship public program and Landmark Learning. The 2017 class, also run at Lake James, will be September 16-17th and is now capped. Our next planned course will be during the 2018 Externship season in Aug-Sep of 2018.

Seth Collings Hawkins, the owner of Hawk Ventures, has extensive experience in drowning medicine and water rescue. A competitive Masters swimmer, he is a certified Swiftwater Rescue Technician and Wilderness StarGuard® lifeguard and instructor. He also serves on the Board of Directors of Lifeguards Without Borders and is the medical director of Starfish Aquatics Institute and Landmark Learning. He is the co-author of the current Wilderness Medical Society Practice Guidelines on Submersion Injuries & Drowning  as well as author or co-author of the drowning chapters in Auerbach’s Wilderness Medicine (7th edition, 2017), Prehospital Trauma Life Support (9th edition, 2018), and Nancy Caroline’s Emergency Care in the Streets (8th edition, 2017).