USCG Captain’s License First Aid-CPR Requirements

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Northwest Response is owned and operated by a Licensed Master Mariner and OUPV-100 Ton USCG Approved Instructor.  All of our First Aid, CPR/AED Courses are Approved by the United States Coast Guard for Master Mariners.  Our courses are not to satisfy STCW requirements, however are approved for Masters.

Whether you are new to first aid, or a salty sea dog, we have a class for you. 

8 hour ready for anything class
4.5 hour initial covers just the basics
2 hour Blended Learning

  • 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

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

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    Linda Erwin-Gallagher

    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
  • Best CPR/1st aid instruction I have seen or taken. I use these guys exclusively. Realistic talk, extremely personalized, and fun.

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    Jeffrey Ericksen

    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 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

    Tom was a great First Aid and CPR teacher. He is very knowledgeable and clear and funny in his teaching. Highly recommend.

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    Steve Coombes

The Big Class

8 hours of intensive mariner specific training.  Held at The Center for Wooden Boats "NEW" Wagner Education Center


Patient Packaging
Dealing with Trauma
Comms & Evac

Initial Basics

This is your standard initial Basic First Aid, CPR/AED Class.


Sudden Illness
SCA & Heart Attack
Trauma Response

Captains License First Aid CPR

Blended Learning

All the lecture at your own pace. Perfect refresher class.


80% On-Line
20% in Classroom
100% USCG Approved

Deliverd by Captains
for Captains

Seattle First Aid, CPR/AED Training Classes.

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About Your Instructor

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

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.

We have classes in the South West Sound too!

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Pacific Maritime Association First Aid Training


May 10th Port Townsend American Red Cross First Aid, CPR/AED Class


Virginia Mason Mother’s Day Half & 5K Marathon; May 12th, 2019


First Aid – CPR/AED Blended Learning May 15th, 2019 at the Center for Wooden Boats


May 17th Bremerton Red Cross Pediatric/Adult First Aid, CPR, AED Class

San Juan Island Marathon, Half Marathon; May 18th, 2019

SOLD OUT! Bremerton Red Cross Pediatric/Adult First Aid, CPR, AED Class


May 21st, 2019 Red Cross Blended Learning Adult & Child-Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED


Private First Aid Training for Kitsap Transit


Rainier To Ruston Team Relay Run; June 2nd, 2018

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