Who We Are
Sea Courses is recognized as Canada’s leader in CME (Continuing Medical Education) seminars. We are the only company in Canada with a primary focus and mandate of providing physicians with a range of CME AWAY™ opportunities on cruise ships, at resorts and on custom designed tours.
Founded in 1995 by Dr. Martin Gerretsen and Mr. Harvey Strydhorst, the company was specifically designed and developed to provide physicians and allied healthcare partners with continuing education courses.
On June 30, 2015 Sea Courses merged with Ontario based travel agency group, Uniglobe Adventure House Travel. This is a Canadian owned and operated independent agency led by Mr. Ron Dawick, a travel industry leader with over 45 years of retail travel, airline and tour operator management experience.
What We Do
We provide physicians and allied health care partners with continuing education courses on board cruise ships, at select resorts and on custom designed tours around the world. Along with all the newly expanded Sea Courses team, the founders Martin Gerretsen and Harvey Strydhorst continue their pivotal roles in the merged operation. The company now offers:
- CME conferences on land, at sea and on tours
- Expanded full travel services including air arrangements, travel insurance and any additional travel arrangements required
- New technology/resources to further ease the booking process
Principles of Sea Courses CME Programmes
- Live, certified courses for health care professionals
- Evidence-based with practical pearls and take-home messages
- Opportunities for in depth discussions and case study evaluations
- Unbiased and with no pharma-industry sponsorship
- Opportunities for networking between faculty and participants
- Opportunities to foster health, wellness and rejuvenation
About Our Faculty
The Faculty members for each Sea Courses program are carefully selected. Faculty are chosen based on their knowledge of their subjects, their presentation skills based on previous evaluations as well as input from various sources and their ability to transfer knowledge in the most effective and entertaining manner. Both their topics and their learning objectives are reviewed by the planning committee for that program. Many of the Faculty have been involved in the development of National Guidelines and been involved in the development and review of many CE presentations. As our courses are designed to allow for maximum interaction between faculty and attendees, we look for speakers/presenters that can work as a team and are open to feedback and discussion.
Meet the team
Owner & President
Experience – Ron has spent his entire career in the travel business. His experience includes holding senior executive positions at airlines, tour operators and retail travel companies. Ron and Sea Courses joined forces in 2015. He recognized the unique nature of the business and welcomed the opportunity to build on its success. In the past two years, not only has the company expanded its cruise offerings, but under Ron’s direction has added resort and land tours, giving Sea Courses the most complete array of CME AWAY™ opportunities for physicians.
Favourite Destination – London, England; The Bahamas.
Bucket list – The Galapagos Islands, Great Barrier Reef to scuba, and an African Safari!
Hobbies – Reading, scuba diving, golfing & being with my family.Travel Tip – For important and complicated travel plans, always use a travel professional to assist you!
Vice President & Manager Of Oakville Office
Experience – SuZanne has spent her entire career in the travel business. She has been with Adventure House Travel for 5 years and Sea Courses since 2015.
Favourite Destination – Kenya, especially Maasai Mara and the South Coast of Mombasa, New Zealand, Venice, Mykonos.
Bucket list – The Galapagos Islands, India’s Golden Triangle & the Gange River, South Africa and Antarctica.
Hobbies – Reading, hikes with our Portuguese water dog, Abbi, taking in an NBA game.Travel Tip – I cannot offer packing tips, as I am the one with the most amount of luggage. Wherever your journey takes you, remember to take it all in and make lots of memories, sometimes we get lost in the hustle and bustle and need to take a moment to just breathe.
Manager Of Vancouver Office
Experience – Leanne is the Manager of Sea Courses based in Vancouver B.C. She started with the company in Oct 2016, after being in the travel industry for 13 years as a risk analyst and product specialist.
Favourite Destination – Prague, Rotorua and Sarajevo. Although, visiting trendy and electric cities like Portland and Nashville in search great food, breweries and music can't be beat!
Bucket list – Eastern Europe has her heart, but her next adventures will likely lead her to trekking Machu Picchu, watching wildlife migration on Safari, or road tripping across Route 66!
Hobbies – In her spare time, you can find her hiking and playing on the trails in North Vancouver with her French bulldog, Lewis.
Travel Tip – If she can offer one piece of travel advice, it would be to venture off the beaten path and get lost on purpose. It will lead to the most random experiences and create the best memories!
Co-founder & Management Advisor
Experience – Harvey is one of the co-founders of Sea Courses and served as President until 2015. He has been working in the travel industry for 30 years and was one of the shaping forces that made Sea Courses the successful company that it is today!
Favourite Destination – Any place warm.
Bucket list – All new places that would add to my country count.
Hobbies – You can find me with family and friends, eating and drinking, hiking and biking, or performing and listening to classical music. Time is now more on my side so you may expect some cooking and gardening.
Travel Tip – Make the best plans and then go with a positive attitude to participate in the adventure.
Director of Planning & Development
Experience – Experience – My career in the Travel Industry has given me the opportunity to work in various positions with tour operators and airlines. I’ve been with Adventure House Travel 8 years and recently moved over to join the Sea Courses Team.
Favourite Destination – Israel is one of the most fascinating countries I have visited. From the historic ancient sites, to the modern-day world, the diversity is immense and alluring. Hawaii’s beauty and island culture will always be a favourite. Loved Spain & Italy and would return to either at any opportunity.
Bucket list – At the top of my list would be New Zealand, Dubai, Egypt to cruise the Nile and an African Safari, but to be honest, just about anywhere I haven’t been.
Hobbies – Cooking and enjoying time family & friends. Cross border shopping trips are always on the radar. Most winter weekends are spent following the National Lacrosse League.
Travel Tip – Make sure you always pre-select your seats on flights. Why not treat yourself and upgrade to Premium seats on long haul flights. The extra leg room and perks can make all the difference for your in-flight comfort.
Manager, Marketing & Communications
Experience – Kirsten grew up travelling frequently with her family, and it has always been a passion of hers. She’s been working in the travel business for 5 years and with Sea Courses since 2015.
Favourite Destination – Iceland, because of the “otherworldly” landscapes and Scandinavian culture, and Nassau, Bahamas because it was a frequent getaway destination when she was a kid.
Bucket list – Cambodia, Ganges River, Galapagos, Antarctica!
Hobbies – Anything with her dogs or that allows her to be outdoors; NLL games; scuba diving; hiking!
Travel Tip – Overnight flights are always my top pick, sleep on the flight and rely on coffee upon arrival to overcome jetlag! Venture off the beaten path and typical tourist routes to really experience a foreign culture and your surroundings. You also can’t take too many photos!
Experience – Lindsey is a newcomer to Sea Courses and the travel industry, and is a recent university graduate. She has been travelling throughout her entire life and has organized humanitarian trips in the past.
Favourite Destination – The Dominican Republic, because the people are some of the nicest she has ever met and Ireland, as it is one of the most beautiful countries in the world, that she was fortunate to have the opportunity to live in!
Bucket List – South Africa, Australia, and Iceland.
Hobbies – Playing basketball, reading and doing charity work.
Travel Tip – Always have an open mind about new experiences and try new things every time you travel. You never know if you’ll have the opportunity again!
Experience – Karen has been in the travel industry for 1.5 years with Sea Courses.
Favourite Destination – Alaska, because the whale watching and the scenery are stunning.
Bucket List – Japan, as she would love to visit the Buddhist temples.
Hobbies – Cooking, playing softball in the summer and volunteering for various organizations.
Travel tips – When she goes on vacation, she always travels with earphones, a reusable water bottle and a pillowcase from home
Experience – This is Patti’s first year with Sea Courses, but she has been in the industry for 38 years.
Favourite Destination – South Africa, Ireland, Turks and Caicos, and locally Victoria and Halifax.
Bucket List – European River Cruise, Arctic, Tahiti, The Galapagos Islands, Jordan and so many more!
Hobbies – Golf, reading, and running.
Travel tips – Always bring excitement to experience new things, as well as lip balm with SPF and sunglasses, because it is going to be a beautiful day. Don’t forget a book in case there is no WIFI!
Experience - Peter has been in the travel industry for 17 years and it has provided him with the opportunity to travel to many different countries.
Favourite Destination – Maui
Bucket list – The Galapagos Islands and Safari
Hobbies – Travelling and watching hockey
Travel Tip – Only pack what you need and not what you think you might need.
Experience – Archana has over 2 decades of industry experience and was very pleased to have joined Sea Courses this year.
Favourite Destination – Banff and Jasper, Mauritius, Nepal and Mumbai.
Bucket list – Alaska, The Galapagos Islands, Tahiti, Iceland, China, Australia and New Zealand.
Hobbies – Reading, painting, badminton, and being creative in anything I do, but mainly spending time with my Great Pyrenees.Travel Tip – Do not hesitate to take a plunge to try out new things. Have a healthy meal before heading out to the airport, carry a book, comfy clothes, shoes, hat and a light backpack for excursions - to carry a light sweater for an unexpected windy day.
Experience – Todd has been with Sea Courses for 13 years and has been in the travel industry 23 years.
Favourite Destination – Antarctica, The Galapagos Islands, Tahiti and Iceland. The best trip was Antarctica!
Bucket list – Todd would like to do an around-the-world wine-tasting trip, hitting New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, Europe and then finishing back home.
Hobbies – Bicycling around his beautiful home city of Vancouver, British Columbia and wine-tasting any chance he gets!
Travel Tip – Avoid a big breakfast on a cruise ship. You can eat lots of bacon & eggs at home - save your calories for the wonderful dinners they have on ship!
Experience – Rita has been in the cruise world for 11 years now. Her favourite role so far was being on board crew with Disney Cruise Line.
Favourite Destinations – Capetown South Africa (Garden Route Wineries, fine dining, & Safaris), Hawaiian Islands (Waterfalls & local BBQ)
Bucket List – 1 month sailing between Greece & Croatia. I love anything Mediterranean.
Hobbies – Local North Vancouver trails, I love to cook & try new dining in Vancouver
Travel tips – Ask the locals where to eat.
Experience – Janice has been with Sea Courses for almost 11 years and has been working in the industry for over 30 years.
Favourite Destination – Vienna, Santorini, Paris
Bucket list – Finding a special dog and the time to enjoy said dog.
Hobbies – Reading, Art, Spectator Sports - Horse Racing/Show Jumping; Hockey, Baseball, Curling
Travel Tip – Always plan on arriving at least one or two days early! Schedule flights that are comfortable, allowing enough time for connections (some airports are massive to navigate) and don't just focus on price.
Experience – Growing up in a country that is famous for history, culture and its Pharaonic civilization (Egypt) gave her the passion for travel and tourism. She has 15 years of experience working in different countries around the world.
Favourite Destination – Egypt, France, The Greek Islands, Turkey. My favourite trips have been to Prague, Vienna & Budapest.
Bucket List – I wish to visit Peru & The Galapagos Islands, Iceland and Japan.
Hobbies – Tennis, reading, cooking & travelling to any country.
Travel tips – 1- Always visit the famous cities but look for the hidden treasure within.
2- Collect a small gift from each place you visit & write a quote about it. You’ll be amazed about what you read every time.