Meeting Space at Marina’s Maritime Academy

Several first aid and CPR classes are on the calendar for the Northwest Maritime Academy classroom at Gig Harbor Marina & Boatyard.  Sign up for one of these life-saving courses soon and check out the attractive space for your own company training or seminar.

A training through Northwest Response for pediatric and adult first aid, CPR and AED was held in the spacious classroom overlooking Skansie Brothers Park on Veterans Day, taught by Capt. Thomas Bliss, director of the Northwest Maritime Academy. A free awareness class on CPR and use of an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) is scheduled for Jan. 4 from 6 to 8:30 p.m.

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Northwest Maritime Academy offers classes and meeting space

“A couple of times a year Northwest Response has open enrollment, free CPR and AED classes, ” said Bliss, who is a licensed captain with the U.S. Coast Guard and a Coast Guard-approved survival instructor. “It’s giving goodwill to the community and is a good opportunity for people to see what we have here with the classroom, the vacation rental and The Club venue.”

The classroom space in the Northwest Maritime Academy, right above The Club @ The Boatyard, is available for rentals when not in use by academy classes for $250 for up to six hours and has seating for 24 people at 12 rectangular tables. Maximum seating capacity is 125 people in rows of chairs with no tables. The classroom is accessible by stairs from the boatyard and also from street level, without any steps, near the entrance to the Queen’s Cabinet ladies’ boutique on Harborview Drive.

Northwest Maritime Academy offers classes and meeting space

“This is another venue at the boatyard and there are so many opportunities here,” said Bliss, who also teaches seafarer classes throughout the year as a full-time maritime safety instructor.  He pointed out the appeal of the total package of facilities at Gig Harbor Marina & Boatyard for groups coming here:  the classroom space at the Northwest Maritime Academy combined with The Club @ The Boatyard venue, the full catering kitchen and the beautifully decorated vacation apartment rental with panoramic views of the harbor.

Bliss added that the roomy and well-lit classroom is ideal for a company’s corporate team-building sessions, wealth management seminars,  board meetings, lectures, volunteer trainings or other classes. The academy classroom features a 65″ high definition television with all connections available, a quality sound system and wireless video streaming capability. There is a restroom just off the classroom and the catering kitchen is available downstairs next to The Club @ The Boatyard.

Northwest Maritime Academy offers classes and meeting space

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At the recent pediatric and adult first aid class, attendees were fairly current on their first aid skills and were there for a refresher course. They included a psychotherapist in private practice on the Key Peninsula, a stay-at-home mother, a volunteer in informal education with the Girl Scouts, and a woman who works in community employment with adults with disabilities.

“The first thing you should be concerned with when you come upon a scene is your own safety,” said Bliss, who works as an emergency medical responder for special events. “Checking the scene for safety is rule number one.”

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Bliss, who started his emergency training as a ski patrolman, has worked full-time as a maritime safety instructor since 2008. He is also an emergency medical responder instructor, teaching the lay responder all the way up through professional responders for police and fire departments. He cautioned class participants that 60 percent of all well-intentioned rescuers become victims themselves.

Northwest Maritime Academy offers classes and meeting space

IMG_0005a (1) (Medium)Go to Northwest Response to learn more about course offerings and to register classes.  For more information contact Capt. Thomas Bliss at: or 253-358-2447. Or contact Danielle Taylor, hospitality manager at Gig Harbor Marina & Boatyard at or 253-858-3535.






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