Sea Grant Workshops

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Sea Grant WorkshopWashington Sea Grant is offering three workshops aimed at boaters in May and June. Two of the workshops are covering the topics of first aid, First Aid at Sea, in Seattle (May 4 and June 5) and the third covers diesel engine maintenance, Diesel Engine Maintenance Workshop, in Gig Harbor (May 24). The workshops are a part of the organization’s ongoing mission to provide valuable, potentially life-saving skills to professional mariners and recreational boaters in an accessible way and at affordable cost.

Sea Grant WorkshopThe US Coast Guard approved First Aid at Sea workshops are co-sponsored by Washington Sea Grant and Fisherman’s Terminal. Skills covered include CPR, patient assessment, hypothermia, cold water, near drownings, shock, trauma, burns, fractures, choking, immobilization, and first aid kit essentials. They are both in the Nordby Conference Room at Fisherman’s Terminal in Seattle, and held from 0800 to 1700 hours. Tuition is $100 ($50 for commercial fishermen) and pre-registration is required by calling 206-543-1225 or emailing

The Diesel Engine Maintenance Workshop is co-sponsored by Washington Sea Grant and the Gig Harbor Boat Shop. The session covers troubleshooting and maintenance underway, lubrication, electrical, cooling, and exhaust systems in marine diesel engines. The workshop is hosted at the Gig Harbor Boat Shop at Eddon Boat Yard from 0900 to 1600 hours. The fee is $60 and pre-registration is required via the contact information listed in the previous paragraph.

Washington Sea Grant is based at the University of Washington and provides statewide research, outreach, and education services to address challenges faces our ocean, coasts, and communities. Washington Sea Grant is member of the National Sea Grant College Program, which is a part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and Department of Commerce.

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Norris Comer is an award-winning writer and the former Managing Editor of Northwest Yachting magazine. He was raised in Portland, Oregon and got his BS in Marine Science at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, FL where he lived aboard a 1973 Catalina 27 before moving to Washington and an Albin Vega. He has worked as a commercial fisherman, wandered aimlessly around the world, studied oil spills, and was a contestant on the Norwegian reality TV show "Alt for Norge."

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