Its a boating thing

We offer a comprehensive full day of First Aid,CPR/AED designed for boaters
and half day basic First Aid, CPR/AED, designed for all.

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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

Boaters First Aid Class

The Approach

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

Open Enrollment First Aid, CPR/AED.
Class Schedule.

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
Thomas Bliss (left) with unknown K9, and Ashley.
Thomas Bliss (left) with unknown K9, and Ashley.

Captain Thomas E. Bliss

Master Mariner • Emergency Medical Responder

Captain Bliss has resided in the Maritime Community of Gig Harbor, Washington for the past 30 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 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, 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.