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First Aid/CPR, Respirator Fit-Testing, Lifeboat Training & More

The Northwest Maritime Academy, located appropriately in the heart of “The Maritime City” in downtown Gig Harbor Wash., is running on full steam with a slate of vital course offerings. From basic First Aid and CPR to Able Bodied Seaman classes, there is something for everybody at the NWMA.

New Academy Administrator Benjamin Garman of Gig Harbor came on board this spring and he hit the deck running to line up his courses, which are aimed at more than just seamen.

“I’m not just targeting mariners here,” said Garman. “I’m targeting people.”

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Capt. Ben Garman, administrator of the Northwest Maritime Academy, holds a 200 Ton Near Coastal captain’s license and has worked on container ships as an Able Bodied Seaman since 2008.

One of his first offerings this summer is for respirator fit-testing, which is required annually for anyone who deals with hazardous substances and wears a respirator for work.

This includes people working in the medical profession, at construction sites, in factories, machine shops, as welders, painters and on ships, piers and boatyards. Click the fit-testing link above to learn more and to sign up.

The Northwest Maritime Academy will also continue offering First Aid and CPR courses, so keep checking here and the Northwest Maritime Academy website for scheduling.

Northwest Maritime Academy Offers Courses Around Puget Sound

The NWMA holds trainings in various locations around Puget Sound for the convenience of students: In downtown Gig Harbor at 3117 Harborview Drive, at Gig Harbor Marina & Boatyard; at its training davit at NWMA @ Pier 91, 1602 West Garfield in Seattle; in La Conner and Anacortes.


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Lifeboat training

Required lifeboat deployment training takes place at NWMA @ Pier 91 on Seattle’s waterfront – conveniently located to serve the area’s huge cruise ship industry.

The Academy in its various locations offers many training opportunities aimed at mariners — which includes all personnel on ships, from officers and mates to cooks, bartenders and housekeepers on cruise ships. They are all required to have annual training on deploying lifeboats, for example, said Ron Roark, director of the Northwest Maritime Academy.

“The target for our trainings is marine and non-marine people alike,” says Roark.

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