Education By The Sea 2020 – CANCELLED

Cancelled due to the COVID- 19 crisis.

EMERGICON presents Education By the Sea, in conjunction with the Port Aransas EMS Conference, September 9th-11th, 2020.

  • 16 Hours of DSHS CEs available
  • CADS class will be offered on Wednesday, September 9th
  • Hotel discounts
  • Family-friendly atmosphere
  • T-shirt and breakfast are included on conference days

Things to Remember

  • Dress is casual, as is the atmosphere!
  • The Conference is being held at the Port Aransas Community Center located at: 710 W. Avenue A, Port Aransas, TX 78373
  • Your entry fee of $100.00 per person is due at time of registration and is payable by credit or debit card.
    • Current EMERGICON clients will be provided reimbursement for 2 attendees after the event.
  • You will need to sign in at the front door and pick up your name tag.

Where To Stay

Silver Sands Vacation Rentals
307 Sea Isle Drive
Port Aransas, TX 87373
Silver Sands Vacation Rentals offers condos, townhomes, and houses for rent that are ideal for groups. Each rental comes with a golf cart for your use during your stay.

Silver Sands Vacation Rentals Website

If you would like to book a vacation rental for your group, email Shana Craine at and use promo code EBTS2020 to get the conference rate.

Amelias Landing | Rates starting at $81.31/night
105 N Alister Street
Port Aransas, TX 78373

Amelia’s Landing Website

Call Mary at Amelia’s Landing at: 361-749-5572  and mention “Education By The Sea” for the conference rate.

Holiday Inn Express| Rates starting at $89.99/night
727 South 11th Street
Port Aransas, TX 78373

Call 361-749-5222 and use code EBS for the conference rate.

Holiday Inn Express Website


Email with questions.

Featured Speakers

Chief Officer Christopher Way, Kootenai County EMS, Idaho

Chief Christopher Way was appointed the Chief Officer of the Kootenai County EMS System in North Idaho on September of 2013.  Prior to his current position he served as an EMS Chief for a county in Southeast Kansas.  Chief Way attended Labette and Coffeyville Community Colleges for his EMS certifications and holds a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Business Management from Mid America Nazarene University.

Chief Way has been involved in EMS since January 1992.  For over twenty-six years he has served, initially, as an EMT and EMT-I and then in 1994 became a paramedic.  As an EMT he served on a rural Ambulance service while becoming a paramedic.  After becoming a paramedic he was hired in a large metropolitan EMS System and served in several roles including; paramedic, field training officer, clinical instructor, tactical paramedic, and Operations Supervisor/Shift Commander. To read Christopher’s full bio, click here.

Stephen Rahm, NRP

Stephen Rahm is a paramedic, educator, and author. He is the Chief of the Office of Clinical Direction and Co-Chair of the Centre for Emergency Health Sciences (cEHS), located in Spring Branch, TX. Stephen has authored numerous EMS textbooks and is published in a number of journal articles and scientific posters. He teaches critical care procedural anatomy classes at the cEHS, as well as around the country, and is a regular presenter at state and national EMS conferences. Stephen remains active as a paramedic with Bulverde Spring Branch Fire & EMS.

Chief Scott Lail, EMT-P, FP-C, CFE

Scott began his EMS career in 1992. Shortly after his arrival into pre-hospital medicine, he became a Firefighter with the City of Cleburne, Texas. With his love for education, Scott became the EMS educator for his Fire Department, and other local agencies in need. He also joined Tarrant County College in Fort Worth as Adjunct EMS Faculty.  In 1999, Scott became a Flight Paramedic with CareFlite in Dallas / Fort Worth, Texas.

For over 26 years, Scott continued to work both Fire and EMS as well as Flight. He is currently the Fire Chief, a certified Master Firefighter and an EMS Instructor with the Cleburne Fire Department as well as a Certified Flight Paramedic (FP-C).  He recently “hung up his wings” after 19 years as a Flight Paramedic with CareFlite, though he still maintains his flight status just in case! Scott has lectured at state, national, and international conferences with a reputation as a dynamic speaker. He also recently appeared in an episode of “Miracle Detectives” on the Oprah Winfrey Network.


Senior Attorney Steve Wirth from Page, Wolfberg & Wirth, LLC will lead the CADS session on Wednesday, September 9th. There will be a 10-minute break following each session.

Wednesday, September 9th

  • 7:00 a.m. – 8:29 a.m. Registration
  • 08:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Breakfast with Senior Attorney Amanda Stark
  • 9:00 a.m. – 2:35 p.m. CADS Training (Lunch Provided)
  • 7:00 p.m. Welcome Reception

Thursday, September 10th

  • 08:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Breakfast provided, visit with Featured Speakers
  • 8:50 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Featured Speaker presentations (Lunch Provided)
  • 6:00 p.m Shrimp Boil on the Beach

Friday, September 11th

  • 08:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Breakfast provided, visit with Featured Speakers
  • 8:50 a.m. – 2:05 p.m. Featured Speaker presentations (Lunch Provided)


Meet & Greet – details to be announced

Wednesday, September 9th


Annual Seaside Bonfire & Shrimp Boil – details to be announced

Thursday, September 10th

Sponsorship Information

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