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Mariner and Recreational Boater Advanced First Aid CPR & AED Class Seattle

March 2 @ 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM PST

boaters first aid course at the Center for Wooden Boats Seattle


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  • positive review Just completed a First Aid & CPR course taught by Thomas at Northwest Response. This course was excellent and fun, and it satisfied the Coast Guard requirements for my Captain’s license. I highly recommend it!

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    Bill Davis

    Great CPR and First Aide Class !!!! Highly recommended with Thomas!

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    Kay Drinkwater
  • positive review Captain Bliss not only has a deep knowledge base, but he is able to make the training come alive by applying real life experiences and telling stories of true situations he and his colleagues have encountered that drive the training home. I was riveted from the moment training began until the class ended and it was time to go home. I highly recommend this instructor and this training.

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    Shelley Dudley

    positive review I highly recommend Northwest response to Mariners who are looking to upgrade their licenses and in need of CPR, first aid and AED refresh. Tom was an outstanding instructor with a lot of tips for trauma in the marine environment. Thanks Tom

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    Mike Collins
  • positive review Tom was great! Funny, good stories to make things real and helped out team to feel like they were more comfortable with their knowledge!

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    Joel Mertens

    positive review Great instructors, learned new skills in a fun way. Highly recommend!

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    Linda Erwin-Gallagher
  • positive review I recently attended a marine first aid/ cpr course and was verify satisfied with the class. It was very informative and they did a great job of keeping it relevant.

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    Ben Richardson

    I try to keep current on my CPR and AED training because it is always better to know than not know when bad things happen. I think I learned more from Thomas Bliss then with any other past instructors.

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    Stu Cluff

We are very proud to debut this course in Seattle at the New 
Wagner Education Center at the Center for Wooden Boats on the shore of Lake Union.

This Course is Approved by The United States Coast Guard for OUPV - Master Mariner. 
Additional Approvals; Washington State L&I (Labor & Industry), and OSHA.  
This course is not intended for those seeking STCW First Aid Certification.

The course is presented by Northwest Response &
The Center For Wooden Boats, Wagner Education Center. 
Captain Thomas E. Bliss is your presenter.

Captain Bliss is a Licensed USCG Master Mariner who logs approximately 2800 hours a year in various safety training courses from BT (formerly BST), Emergency Medical Responder, complex SAR (Search and Rescue) training courses and Fast Rescue Boat OTW operations.

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Bill Davis

positive review  Just completed a First Aid & CPR course taught by Thomas at Northwest Response. This course was excellent and fun, and it satisfied the Coast Guard requirements for my Captain’s license. I highly recommend it! 9/25/2018

As a cold water survival expert; Thomas has traveled to the far reaches of the planet including the Beaufort Sea, 270 miles north of the arctic circle to teach cold water survival to seismic ship-board exploration crews.

Captain Bliss also works alongside Captain Jeffrey Sanders of The United States Maritime Academy for OUPV thru 100 Ton Masters Captains Licensing certification, often offered at the Center For Wooden Boats.

Captain Bliss recently completed essential shipboard Emergency Medical Response training to the crew of the newly christened 269' National Geographic, Lindbald Expedition vessel "Venture."

For the past twenty seven (27) years Captain Bliss has resided in the Maritime Community of Gig Harbor, Washington. He is a former Assistant Director for Fremont Maritime Services/India Tango where he specialized in Maritime Safety and Response Training, and continues to serve with the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary as a COXSWAIN, and Flotilla Commander for the Bremerton Flotilla 4-5, and USCG AUX Gig Harbor Detachment Leader. He also served as a Flotilla Staff Officer in Communications (SO-CS) in the 13th Coast Guard District. 

Thomas dedicates his time to educate professional mariners, and recreational boaters. Founder of Northwest Response, Medical Training Enterprise, and Northwest First Aid; event stand-by EMS providing care and medical coverage to thousands of event patrons from marathons to music festivals, and private corporate events.

About Our Process

We Foster Education

Northwest Response is dedicated to educating and empowering lay responders through professional emergency medical responders with the knowledge and skills necessary to make informed, safe decisions when responding to a medical emergency whether on the job, or at sea.

We Pursue Excellence

Northwest Response trains responders; we are not a certificate mill. If your goal is to learn how to respond to a medical emergency, or train your crew, then we are your training solution.


Northwest Response trainers are dedicated healthcare professionals from EMR’s through Paramedics, and a few Captains too.

We are passionate about training, and saving lives. You get real world examples, and real world expectations in emergency medical response.


Most of our clients report back to us how informative and fun it is to attend one of our classes. We believe that adult education should be fun and informative; never a dull moment in our courses.

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Course Certificates are issued by HSI - Medic First Aid.

Accepted by The United States Coast Guard, Washington State Labor & Industry & OSHA.

Used by thousands of private and public organizations, these scenario-based programs promote learning and retention because they are designed to engage students, no matter their learning styles.

Developed and refined over 40 years, the straightforward, consistent training programs have built the confidence to respond in millions of individuals, and are backed by outstanding customer service and technical support.

Current, Evidence-Based, Peer-Reviewed and Accepted
MEDIC First Aid training programs are recognized, accepted and approved by, or meet the requirements of, nearly 1,800 state and provincial regulatory agencies, occupational licensing boards, national associations, commissions and councils in more than 120 occupations and professions.


The Event

01Every Response starts with an event. It is critical for the safety of passengers & crew for the response be a coordinated, and pre planing is essential. No matter how small your vessel is, calm thoughtful response is the key to successful response, we will help you to discover your plan.

02Shoreside communications can be the difference between life and death. In this course we will discover some of the ways to make notifications, and get the additional help you need during a shipboard medical emergency, including communication with local area authorities, USCG, local LE Marine Patrols and other ships in your area that may be able to lend assistance.

03Knowing what to do and when to do it. Prioritizing personal and vessel safety when responding to an emergency situation Navigational Responsibilities. The importance of creating and using an emergency action plan


The initial response process to sudden illness, injury, and the importance of universal precautions to prevent the transmission of disease.


05In this course you will discover the assessment, care and treatment of "The Usual Suspects" plus a few more.  This is not an episode of the hit TV show "HOUSE," we stick with the basics.
• Cardiac
• Respiratory Distress
• Brain Attacks
• Sudden Illness
• Diabetic Emergencies
• Environmentally caused
     Heat & Cold Related

• Soft Tissue Injuries
• Injuries to bone's & muscles
• Head Neck & Spine Injuries
• Burn Care
• Frostbite
• Drowning
• Shock
• Poisoning
• Electrocution
• Emergency Patient Moves
• Telemedicine
• Hypothermia
• Hyperthermia

Pre & Post Care

06Its amazing how much $$$ we pour into our boats, but yet one of the most over looked pieces of equipment is your emergency medical response kit. You needn't spend thousands of dollars on a kit, but nonetheless you need to be ready for "The Usual Suspects"

You will be provided with "the list" and how to make your own kit for far less than a retailer in the "Boating" space.

During this course we will break open a few kits and examine the contents, including a SOLAS First Aid Kit.

• Why you should have an AED onboard
• Can you control arterial bleeding?
    • Tourniquet's or Hemostatic Agents?
• What OTC and Rx Meds should you carry?
• Resuscitation Devices?
• Head, Neck And Spine Immobilization devices.



Closing out our day together we will work on post care packaging of a critical patient for transport. You will learn how to use a backboard, C-Collar (cervical collar).  Prep for a Helicopter MedEvac, and prepare a patient for transport.

• Assessment of a patient
• Using patient care reports
• Basic Bandaging
• Control of Arterial Bleeding
• Splinting

Boating Emergency Medical Response Books to Consider for Your Ships Library.


March 2
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
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The Center For Wooden Boats
1010 Valley Street Seattle, WA
Seattle, WA 98109 United States
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