Recreational Boater First Aid, CPR/AED classes at CWB Seattle

Recreational Boater First Aid, CPR/AED classes at CWB Seattle

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.



What does a seizure look like, and what to do.

What does a seizure look like, and what to do.

Signals of seizures include:

  • A blank stare.
  • A period of distorted sensation during which the person is unable to respond.
  • Uncontrolled muscular contractions, called convulsions, which last several minutes.

A person with epilepsy may experience something called an aura before the seizure occurs. An aura is an unusual sensation or feeling, such as a visual hallucination; strange sound, taste or smell; or an urgent need to get to safety. If the person recognizes the aura, he or she may have time to tell bystanders and sit down before the seizure occurs. Febrile seizures may have some or all of the following signals:

  • Sudden rise in body temperature
  • Change in consciousness
  • Rhythmic jerking of the head and limbs
  • Loss of bladder or bowel control
  • Confusion
  • Drowsiness
  • Crying out
  • Becoming rigid
  • Holding breath
  • Upward rolling of the eyes Although it may be frightening to see someone unexpectedly having a seizure, you should remember that most seizures last only for a few minutes and the person usually recovers without problems.

When to Call 9-1-1

Call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number if:

  • The seizure lasts more than 5 minutes.
  • The person has multiple seizures with no signs of slowing down.
  • The person appears to be injured or fails to regain consciousness after the seizure.
  • The cause of the seizure is unknown.
  • The person is pregnant.
  • The person has diabetes.
  • The person is a young child or an infant and experienced a febrile seizure brought on by a high fever.
  • The seizure takes place in water.
  • The person is elderly and could have suffered a stroke.
  • This is the person’s first seizure.
  • If the person is known to have occasional seizures, you may not have to call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number. He or she usually will recover from a seizure in a few minutes.

What to Do Until Help Arrives

Although it may be frightening to watch, you can easily help to care for a person having a seizure. Remember that he or she cannot control the seizure. Do not try to stop the seizure. General principles of managing a seizure are to prevent injury, protect the person’s airway and make sure that the airway is open after the seizure has ended.

  • Do not hold or restrain the person.
  • Do not put anything in the person’s mouth or between the teeth.

People having seizures rarely bite their tongues or cheeks with enough force to cause significant bleeding; however, some blood may be present.

  • Make sure that the environment is as safe as possible to prevent injury to the person who is having a seizure.
  • Remove any nearby furniture or other objects that may injure the person.
  • Give care to a person who has had a seizure the same way you would for an unconscious person.
  • When the seizure is over, make sure that the person’s airway is open. Usually, the person will begin to breathe normally.
  • If there is fluid in the person’s mouth, such as saliva, blood or vomit, roll him or her on one side so that the fluid drains from the mouth.
  • If the child or infant has a febrile seizure, it is important to immediately cool the body by giving a sponge bath with lukewarm water.
  • The person may be drowsy and disoriented or unresponsive for a period of time.
  • Check to see if he or she was injured during the seizure.

Be comforting and reassuring. If the seizure occurred in public, the person may be embarrassed and self-conscious. Ask bystanders not to crowd around the person. He or she may be tired and want to rest. Stay on the scene with the person until he or she is fully conscious and aware of the surroundings. For more information on epilepsy, visit the Epilepsy Foundation at


Where is the nearest AED? (Automated External Defibrillator)

Where is the nearest AED? (Automated External Defibrillator)

Where is the AED in your neighborhood?

Citizen responders have been using AEDs (Automated External Defibrillators) combined with quality CPR to save thousands of lives each year around the globe.  Every week I read another story about ordinary people doing the extraordinary in saving the life of a loved one, friend, coworker and stranger using publicly accessible AEDs combined with CPR.

The Cardiac Chain of Survival is simple:

  1. Immediate recognition of cardiac arrest and activation of the emergency response system
  2. Early cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) with an emphasis on chest compressions
  3. Rapid defibrillation
  4. Effective advanced life support
  5. Integrated post-cardiac arrest care
The problem with any chain is its weakest link, and in way too many cases of Sudden Cardiac Arrest; the weak link is the lack of access to an AED.  Surviving a Sudden Cardiac arrest depends on the Cardiac Chain of Survival.

It’s a numbers game for surviving an SCA, and for every minute that goes by, the chances of survival drop by 10%. Survival varies widely among communities, yet overall averages around 8% in the U.S.  Implementing a system of care including early recognition, 9-1-1 CPR instructions, early defibrillation, and high-quality professional CPR, along with guideline-based, post-arrest care could save as many as half of these victims.

Cardiac arrests are more common than you think, and they can happen to anyone at any time.  Rural communities especially need to address these needs as response time is critical.  How long before EMS reaches your home or office?

“Nearly 383,000 out-of-hospital sudden cardiac arrests occur annually.
88 percent of cardiac arrests occur at home.
Many victims appear healthy with no known heart disease or other risk factors.”

Automated External Defibrillators have yet to catch on with the average homeowner or small business office, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t one nearby.  Take the time to learn where there are.  Grocery stores, schools, the neighbor, the local library, many public and private homes and offices now have AEDs as part of their emergency preparedness programs.

AEDs in the home, AEDs in the office, AEDs in your neighborhood; it’s a no brainer!  The cost of ownership has been drastically reduced to less than the price of a new Flat Screen TV, and if everyone on your block, office floor, or apartment building chipped in to purchase this potentially life saving device, the cost of ownership becomes negligible, because saving a life is priceless!

Comment below if you know
where your local AED is. 
Share your knowledge; it could save a life!

Cardiac Emergencies at Sea

Cardiac Emergencies at Sea

Be Ready for Cardiac Emergencies at Sea When Every Second Counts!

At sea, whether on a large ship or a small boat, access to emergency services is often hours away. This means that in the event of sudden cardiac arrest (SCA), your crew must be prepared to act within the critical ten-minute window. While CPR is an important life-saving step, without immediate access to an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) during a sudden cardiac arrest you risk the safety of both your passengers and crew. With its advanced lifesaving AED technology, a HeartSine® samaritan® PAD (public access defibrillator) is a critical item in your on-board safety kit. This lifesaving technology can significantly increase the chance of survival for a passenger or an employee who suffers an SCA hours away from emergency support.

“AEDs are less than the cost of a flat screen HDTV”

Why HeartSine?

  • Highest level of protection from moisture and dust (IP56) offers unmatched robustness in both wet and dry environments – a necessity on decks where protection is needed against strong jets of water
  • Significantly smaller size, fits nicely within constrained storage spaces
  • One-change maintenance, due to one expiration date on the pads and batteries, means less inventory to manage and order, which is often a challenge with devices on multiple vessels
  • Top vibration rating MIL-STD-810F 514.5+
  • Easy to use by all rescuers, regardless of skill level, due to simple two-button operation, intuitive voice/visual prompts and no lid to open or complex displays or controls
  • Industry leading 10-year warranty for maximum reliability and lowest total cost of ownership
  • Complete AED solution available to manage all aspects of your AED deployment—from installation to maintenance—through a single point of contact

Why Northwest Response?

  • Free CPR/AED response training for crews in the Pacific Northwest (some restrictions apply)
  • Northwest Response is an Authorized HeartSine Distributor
  • Northwest Response trainers are Emergency Medical Responders (EMR), Emergency Medical Technician’s (EMT), and Paramedics
  • Northwest Response is Licensed by The American Red Cross and ASHI/HSI-Medic to deliver quality Emergency Medical Response training for Lay responders through Emergency Medical Responders.
  • Approved by the United States Coast Guard per 46 CFR 10.205

How to order

To get the latest pricing on Maritime AEDs please call the Northwest Response AED specialist
253-358-2447, or email our team using this following online form

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We are available 24/7 Coast to Coast. Semper Paratus!

HeartSine samaritan® PAD Public Access Defibrillator and Northwest Response.

The Maritime choice in Emergency Cardiac Response.

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American Red Cross Adult and Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED Course

American Red Cross Adult and Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED Course

Red Cross First Aid, CPR/AED Courses in Bremerton

The Bremerton office of The American Red Cross and Northwest Response are pleased to announce that the  Adult and Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED Course’s is again at the Bremerton office of the Red Cross after a complete classroom upgrade and remodel.

The Adult and Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED course incorporates the latest science and teaches students to recognize and care for a variety of first aid emergencies such as burns, cuts, scrapes, sudden illnesses, head, neck, back injuries, heat and cold emergencies and how to respond to breathing and cardiac emergencies to help victims of any age – adults (about 12 years and older) and pediatric (infants and children up to 12 years of age). Students who successfully complete this course will receive a certificate for Adult and Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED valid for two years.

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