This class is designed for boaters and goes into greater depth for trauma, control of serious bleeding, head neck & spinal injuries, patient handling and evacuation procedures.
Runtime: 7-8 hours.
Northwest Response also offers a "Basic" First Aid, CPR/AED class, the full open enrollment schedule is below.
All of our classes are approved by
OSHA, L&I and The United States Coast Guard for Masters License.
Class Delivered by Professional Emergency Medical Responders
USCG, OSHA & L&I Approved
Approved for Master Mariner License
Two Year Certification
Learn to Save a Life
"Believe me, my young friend, there is nothing -- absolutely nothing -- half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats."
~Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame.
This course is presented by Captain Thomas Bliss, EMR of Northwest Response
Essential Boater & Professional Mariner Course Topics
Recognizing an Emergency
Infectious Bloodborne Diseases
Personal Protective Equipment
Good Samaritan Laws
Emergency Actions Plans
Chain of Survival
Caring for Cardiac Arrest
Multiple Provider Approach to CPR
Swollen, Painful or Deformed Limbs
Altered Mental Status
Breathing Difficulty, Shortness of Breath
Asthma and Inhalers
Severe Allergic Reaction
Marine Animal Stings*
Animal and Human Bites*
USCG and other HELO Ops/MedEvac
Medical Reporting forms
Patient Care Reports
Wrap up Q&A
Control of Bleeding
Using a Tourniquet
Using a Hemostatic Dressing*
Open Chest Injury
Open Abdominal Injury
Head, Neck or Back Injury
Captain Thomas Bliss, EMR
About Your Instructor
Captain Bliss is a Licensed USCG Master Mariner, 30 year resident of the Maritime Community of Gig Harbor, Washington.
He dedicates his time to educate professional mariners, and recreational boaters with a career highlight of completing an essential shipboard Emergency Medical Response training for the crew of the 269′ National Geographic, Lindbald Expedition vessel “Venture.”
Thomas 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.
A former Assistant Director for Fremont Maritime Services/India Tango; he specialized in Maritime Safety and Response Training. And, as a cold water survival expert; 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 continues to honorably serve with the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary as a COXSWAIN, the USCG/AUX Gig Harbor Detachment Leader, and also serves as a Flotilla Staff Officer.
Thomas established Northwest Response (NWR) in 2012, and serves as Director of this Lay-Responder Medical Training Enterprise and Event Stand-by EMS service that provides care and medical coverage to thousands of event patrons from marathons, music festivals up to and including large and small private corporate events.
NWR also specializes in on-site First Aid Classes from Wilderness, Advanced, Bloodborne Pathogen, and Asbestos Training as well as providing Respiratory Fit Testing and Certification for numerous companies throughout the Puget Sound area.
Messing about in boats is about the most enjoyable part of living in the Pacific Northwest. However, when you cast off the lines and get underway, even the simplest of injuries can lead to a very miserable journey.
Knowing what to do in the event of a simple injury or the unthinkable life treating medical emergency are essential skills that every boater must possess. There is no 911 at sea, and help could be hours away even if you are only a few miles off shore.
This course will help you acquire and/or refresh vital First Aid Skills.
Don't take a chance; learn to save a life today, and have fun while doing it.