Recreational Boater First Aid at CWB Seattle
One of the challenges in “First Aid” training for the recreational boater and/or avid sailor is that you have generic classes and hybrid classes with not much in-between. The generic classes leave you wanting, and the hybrid classes could cost you thousands of dollars. A MedPic class is certainly worth it, but nonetheless pricy.
Modern first aid classes for the lay responder have been watered down to the point that why even bother. You can learn all of that from a YouTube video, and a good EMR (emergency medical response) book. Presently, the “Big Two Provider” classes are video driven, coma inducing, canned presentations that leave you saying; okay, I can do CPR, but what about the rest of it?
Finding a medium ground emergency medical response training course for the boater has been on the forefront of our minds here at Northwest Response for some time now. The Northwest Response cadre is comprised of Professional Healthcare providers, EMR’s, EMT’s, Emergency Department Nurses and Technicians. More over, we are sailors, Captains, Coast Guard Active Duty, USCG transitioning and USCG Auxilarist, STCW trainers, and some of us even teach the OUPV (six-Pack) through Master Mariner 100 ton courses. So we hear ya!
Over the past year, we have been fine-tuning a hybrid mariner centric emergency medical response course that you can actually use. We hit the tough stuff, the scary stuff, the #OMG stuff, but when you walk out of this class, you will feel empowered and confident to really respond. This is new ground!
We are very proud to debut “The Mariner Emergency Medical Response Course” in Seattle at the New Wagner Education Center at the Center for Wooden Boats on the shore of Lake Union.
This Course is presented by Northwest Response and Captain Thomas E. Bliss, and 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.
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About Your Instructor
Captain Bliss is a Licensed USCG Master Mariner and self-described “Safety Nerd” 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. Captain Bliss is operating
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. Captian 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 six (26) years Thomas 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 not only to educate professional mariners, but also to community recreational boating education. He is the founder of Northwest Response, a Lay-Responder Medical Training Enterprise, as well as Northwest First Aid; an event stand-by EMS service that provides care and medical coverage to thousands of event patrons from marathons to music festivals, and private corporate events. Captain Bliss is very proud to work with Destiny Harbor Tours providing fantastic on the water sightseeing tours in the South Puget Sound. Destiny also provides water Taxi Service for the University of Washington Husky Games ferrying fans from their boats to the stadium and back again for home games.
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.Shelley Dudley1/11/2019
Great CPR and First Aide Class !!!! Highly recommended with Thomas!Kay Drinkwater2/24/2017
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!Bill Davis9/25/2018
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.Ben Richardson3/01/2019
Tom taught the CPR, AED and First Aid class for our company and it was great. Our employees learned a lot and had a great time. Definitely recommend for team training.Jenn Nichipor12/26/2018
Best CPR/1st aid instruction I have seen or taken. I use these guys exclusively. Realistic talk, extremely personalized, and fun.Jeffrey Ericksen3/22/2017
Best CPR, AED and First Aid class I've taken through an employer. Thomas Bliss is entertaining and enthusiastic which makes learning fun and memorable. I picked everything up easily again and had the steps down quickly, all while laughing and enjoying myself. If you want your staff to retain what you are paying for, this is the outfit and your guy. Great class!Katie Quesada2/02/2018
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 TomMike Collins4/16/2019