Its a boating thing

A comprehensive full day of first aid designed for boaters

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These Courses are Approved by:
The United States Coast Guard for
OUPV – Master Mariner & MMD.
USCG Course # AMESHI-197

boaters first aid

By Mariners for Mariners

Delivered by Emergency Medical Responders, Captains, and
Recreational Boaters in Healthcare.
OSHA and L&I approved

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The Approach

Course presentation is in a 4.5 Hour or Intensive 8.5 Hour format

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About The Classes

The Recreational & Professional Mariners First Aid class is based on the Nationally Awarded course developed by ASHI, and is specifically developed to address the kinds of medical emergencies we may encounter whether recreational boating, or piloting a commercial vessel.

There are two classes, one is a basic class for all responders that runs about 4.5 hours, and the other is a more in depth 8 hour intensive with much more valuable content and hands on practical work.

Items in blue are additional content included in The Advanced Class

Course Content

  • Recognizing an Emergency
  • Personal Safety
  • Infectious Bloodborne Diseases
  • Standard Precautions
  • Personal Protective Equipment
  • Legal Consideration
  • Good Samaritan Laws
  • Emergency Actions Plans
  • Chain of Survival
  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation(CPR)
  • Caring for Cardiac Arrest
  • Multiple Provider Approach to CPR
  • AED Operation
  • Primary Assessment
  • Secondary Assessment
  • Choking Assessment
  • Altered Mental Status
  • Fainting
  • Stroke
  • Sudden Injury
  • Control of Bleeding
  • Using a Tourniquet
  • Using a Hemostatic Dressing*
  • Shock
  • Internal Bleeding
  • Amputation
  • Impaled Objects
  • Open Chest Injury
  • Open Abdominal Injury
  • Head, Neck or Back Injury
  • Emergency Moves
  • Spinal Injury
  • Brain Injury
  • Concussion
  • Swollen, Painful or Deformed Limbs
  • Burns
  • Nosebleed
  • Injured Tooth
  • Diabetic Emergencies
  • Seizure
  • Breathing Difficulty, Shortness of Breath
  • Asthma and Inhalers
  • Severe Allergic Reaction
  • Poisoning
  • Heat Exhaustion
  • Heat Stroke
  • Hypothermia
  • Frostbite
  • Marine Animal Stings*
  • Animal and Human Bites*
  • Emotional Considerations
  • Patient Packaging
  • USCG and other HELO Ops/MedEvac
  • Medical Reporting forms
  • Patient Care Reports
  • Wrap up Q&A

Captain Thomas E. Bliss

Master Mariner • Emergency Medical Responder

Captain Bliss has resided in the Maritime Community of Gig Harbor, Washington for the past twenty eight (29) years, and 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.

Thomas dedicates his time to educate professional mariners, and recreational boaters, and as a cold water survival expert 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, and completed essential shipboard Emergency Medical Response training to the crew of the newly christened 269′ National Geographic, Lindbald Expedition vessel “Venture.”

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, USCG District 13, Division 4 Vice Commander (VCDR) and USCG AUX Gig Harbor Detachment Leader.

Thomas is the Founder of Northwest Response (NWR) which was established in 2012.  NWR is a Medical Training Enterprise that also provides event stand-by EMS services and medical coverage to thousands of event patrons from marathons to music festivals, and private corporate events. 


  • 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

    I'm thankful that our event, the Seattle Pride Parade, routinely deals with minor medical incidents, like heat exhaustion, dehydration, cuts & bruises, ankle sprains, etc. Northwest Response handles these cases with compassion and thoroughness. If a more serious incident arose, however, I'm confident that Thomas Bliss and his colleagues would approach the situation with consummate poise and professionalism. I recommend them highly.

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    Marc Ackerman

    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
  • 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 Davis Avatar
    Bill Davis

    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 Richardson Avatar
    Ben Richardson

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

    Linda Erwin-Gallagher Avatar
    Linda Erwin-Gallagher
  • 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.

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    Jenn Nichipor

    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

    I've worked with NW Response on several festivals & events this summer. Their staff is calm, collected, great with various levels of customers (from intoxicated adults, to very particular 6 year olds). They are always prompt, the booth looks professional, they are very responsive to radio calls. The best on site medical team I have worked with.

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    Michael Chandler
  • 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

    I have hired Northwest Response for two years in a row to provide medical services / monitoring onsite for a special beer event we host in Ballard (800-900 people). They have been professional, friendly, and very easy to work with for both booking and onsite services. I would definitely recommend them!

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    Stacy Shipp