GRASONVILLE — Valliant Wealth Strategies, an independent practice whose advisors offer full-service financial planning services, has announced sponsorship of an upcoming CPR Certification and Emergency Preparedness course designed especially for pleasure boat operators and passengers.  The course will be held Friday, May 17th from 3-5pm at the Oyster Cove Clubhouse in Grasonville. CPR Certification training, Automated External Defibrillator (AED) and First Aid information will be administered by Ryan Killough, RN, owner of Heart Rescue, LLC.

Managing Partner and avid yachting enthusiast, Bruce Valliant, said the idea to sponsor a CPR and First Aid event tailored specifically for the water was inspired by discussions with friends and colleagues, who admitted they were unsure of what to do should they encounter a life-threatening emergency at sea. “Being on the water could delay the time it takes for First Responders to reach you. Spending time on the water led me to realize that members of the boating community, myself included, need training like this because it could potentially save lives.”  Valliant’s business partner, spouse and admiral, Mary Ellen added, “Bruce is a very knowledgeable and prepared captain. He owns much of the planning for our excursions and secures the necessary safety precautions every time we set sail. But it occurred to me that I should also know how to administer CPR and first aid because, God forbid, something should happen to him while we are out on the water.”

Heart Rescue owner and CPR instructor, Ryan Killough, is also an ER nurse with Shore Regional Health and agrees with the Valliant’s assessment that preparedness is everything. “I’m excited to partner with the Valliant team for this event because we will not only cover CPR and training but also injury emergencies such as how to stop-the-bleed and the benefits of having an Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) on board your vessel. In the event of Cardiac Arrest caused by a heart attack, timing with CPR and AED use is everything. So, our goal is to offer captains and their crew this training so they can to equip themselves for any life-threatening emergency and enjoy a safe and happy summer on the water.”

The cost of the training is $25 and attendees will receive an American Heart Association certification card upon completion.  Space is limited and reservations are required to attend. Please visit to RSVP or call 410.810.0800 to get more information.  Valliant Wealth Strategies is located at 3033 Kent Narrows Way S., Suite 5, Grasonville, MD 21638 and 110 S. Queen Street, Chestertown, MD, 21620.