Learn to effectively respond to hypothermia, near drowning, and other on-the-water incidents in this informative workshop on February 10 and 17, 2023.

Whether you’re a commercial fisherman, USCG-licensed captain at any level, or a recreational boater in the Pacific Northwest — having the proper first aid training is not only essential, in some cases, it’s mandatory. Washington Sea Grant and the Port of Seattle Fishermen’s Terminal are co-sponsoring this Coast Guard-Approved First Aid at Sea workshop at Fishermen’s Terminal.

A topic of particular interest to PNW boaters is that of cold water immersion, hypothermia, and drowning. Cold water drains body heat up to four times faster than cold air. The sudden gasp and rapid breathing alone creates a greater risk of drowning even for confident swimmers in calm waters. In rougher open water this danger increases. Unplanned immersion in cold water can be life-threatening for anyone without protection from the temperatures or a lifejacket to help you stay afloat. When cold shock and hypothermia begin to impact your ability to think and act, lifejackets and floatation can create extra time for help to arrive or for you to get out of danger. Learn about this and much more.

Topics covered include:

  • CPR
  • Patient assessment
  • Hypothermia and cold water response
  • Near drowning
  • Shock and trauma
  • Burns and fractures
  • Choking and patient immobilization
  • First Aid kits

Choose between one of two upcoming workshops:

Friday, February 10, 2023

8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Friday, February 17, 2023

8 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Nordby Conference Room

Nordby Building

Fishermen’s Terminal

Seattle, WA


$100 ($50 for commercial fishermen)

Due to limited space, registration is required:

Register for the February 10 workshop: https://bit.ly/wsg-first-aid-2-10-23

Register for the February 17 workshop: https://bit.ly/wsg-first-aid-2-17-23

For more information, contact:

Sarah Fisken, 206-543-1225, sfisken@uw.edu

Washington Sea Grant, based within the College of the Environment at the University of Washington, helps people understand and address the challenges facing Washington’s ocean and coasts through marine research, technical expertise and education.