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First Aid & CPR Classes @ NWMA

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Come on down to beautiful Gig Harbor and get trained in American Heart Association Heartsaver® First Aid, CPR and AED with Capt. Ben!

By Capt. Benjamin Garman, Administrator of the Northwest Maritime Academy

The Northwest Maritime Academy in downtown Gig Harbor is holding the American Heart Association Heartsaver® First Aid class on Sept. 7 and 10, 2018. Choose either day. The class runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and costs $70. The certificate is good for two years.

To register, click Courses at the top of the Homepage of this website. Then click Calendar & Registration and choose the class you want on the Calendar

  • For the Sept. 7 class register here
  • For the Sept. 10 class register here

The NWMA Difference:

First AidHere at the Northwest Maritime Academy (NWMA), located at Gig Harbor Marina & Boatyard at 3177 Harborview Drive, we believe that the core of good, effective training is using the actual equipment you will see in the field and having as much hands-on training as possible.

What this means for the AHA Heartsaver class is that we use the best Force Feedback CPR manikins on the market. These interactive manikins measure chest compression depth, compression timing and have chest rise for breaths, which are the 3 most important elements for effective CPR. NWMA also has top-of-the-line equipment for all other elements of the class.

For the first aid portion of the class we get messy. Applying a bandage to a clean. pristine arm will not happen in the field so it will not happen in my class. There will be red stuff and panicked, moaning students so that when you are dealing with the real thing you will be ready — plus, it just makes the class fun. Students having fun always learn more better.

At NWMA you are a real person with a name! In each class we all get a name tag and use it. Calling people by their name is polite and in a real world situation it will make everything go much more efficiently. In the class we are going to become fast friends so “hey you” is not going to cut it.

Top 3 Response List!

First AidWhether it is at one of the NWMA classrooms or if we come to your worksite for on-site training we ask every student this question: What are the top three most likely emergency situations you might come upon during your day? Then, we teach to these scenarios.

For example, for a babysitter: infant choking simulation, child head wound simulation, child burn simulation. Factory worker: chemical burn simulation (skin or in eye), fingers cut off with band saw simulation (blood loss, amputation, first aid), heart attack in the lunch room. Sailor: concussion from crane lift accident, rope burn across hands, acid wash down-spill (acid in eye or on skin).

Who Should Take the Course?

Every person on earth! Often, first aid training is required by your employer, but it is a good thing for everyone to have, even kids. We also satisfy the United States Coast Guard requirements for elementary lifesaving with this class, so if you need that you have come to the right place.

What Will You Learn?

  • The components of high-quality CPR for adults, children and infants
  • The American Heart Association Chain of Survival
  • How to use an Automated Electronic Defibrillator or AED
  • Effective ventilations using a barrier device
  • CPR
  • Relief of foreign-body airway obstruction (choking) for adults and infants
  • Trauma control and blood loss prevention and first aid

What Should I Bring?

First AidCome with a great attitude and wear clothing that allows you to move around freely. The Northwest Maritime Academy believes in practical, real world training so you might have to “clear the scene” of dangerous tools or other obstacles. Be ready to move, lift and shout to get the job done.

Be sure to get the hard copy book or E-book for study and as a test aid. We do not stock the book on-site so please get a copy ahead of time at the following locations:

See you in class! If you have any questions please feel free to call or email and we will get back to you ASAP. Call: (253) 358-2447, or email:



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