ONE IS NONE

Winning is Better than Losing

One is None so get on a winning team! There are always two teams, the winning team and the losing team.

The winning team goes for the long steady haul putting in the hours, the education and paying attention to the win.

The losing team is disorganized, doesn’t respect their equipment and is in it for themselves and not for their team mates.

Every mishap should be critically reviewed by peer experts to prevent harming people. Every training session should be reviewed.

Physics and theory are science and science is based on evidence; they are called ‘facts’. These elements are part of the collaboration of progress, use them in your scrutiny process.

Mishaps are based on a lack of fundamental knowledge or disregard for known standards or disrespect of seamanship skills.

PRUDENT MARINER

Don’t be a statistic like that other guy, become a boating safety expert!

You will need a subject matter expert fielded in the maritime community to achieve this. You need a competent mentor.

This will not happen in lifeguarding, it will not happen in fire rescue, it will not happen in surfing, it will only be achieved from the source: BOATING. You have to become a boater first, everything else lines up second.

Let’s dig into this subject. What is the objective?

Perhaps you would attach your boating responsibility to this: To not cause harm to yourself, others or your equipment.

Mentorship is Security

What can you do? What can they do?

The first place is to seek a boater education.

I emphasize 'BOATER' and not lifesaver. Forget the lifesaving part for now, that's the wrong focus and that is what trips these people up.

Find a competent mentor and listen to them.

Give them recognition for what they taught you as you protect what you learned; that is how you recognize the scale of achievement you attain. It's called respect, and in the boating community that ranks high.

In fact if they are creating repetitive mishaps and have the word 'RESCUE" emblazoned on their PWC they need to remove it ASAP until they become a responsible boater. That may call for some humble pie.

Get your basic boating education in place, make it a priority. Put the time in.

Study maritime law and rules.
Understand SOLAS, understand navigation, start with these basic essentials. From there the rest is easy!

We encourage all egos to stand down 'temporarily' and humble their learning ability. You will need your ego for later when you can manage it in concert with maritime law and navigational skills.

Then they will prove to themselves and those they work with that they are a prudent mariner by embracing seamanship skills.

The old saying goes 'Knowledge is Power', so use it!

K38 Way of Training is the evidence based Right Way. Proven and tested. We did it the right way because we care and listened to our mentors.

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Posted: June 12, 2019

Content Creator of Rescue Water Craft and Personal Water Craft boating international education standards: Shawn Alladio is the world’s foremost authority and leading subject matter expert. She cares most about her community and the culture surrounding the safety of event service providers and Rescue Water Craft operators, working hard and dedicated towards protecting their reputation, distributing safety information and continuing to train these amazing individuals to the highest standards of care.

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SAFETY MATTERS BECAUSE IT STANDS FOR SOMETHING

THEORY EXCUSE FOR EGO

As your online mentor I would ask you to start thinking critically, open your attitude and park your ego. But only for a little while, you are going to need your ego later on the water.

Let's understand how learn defining what is taking place in sequence of operational security.

So, I encourage you to look at physics. What does this mean?

Well its not based on theory its based on scientific evidence!

PRUDENT MARINER

We tend to put up defense when our pitfalls are identified. This is something that comes up in training for us as instructors, how can we not 'offend' someone who doesn't know what constructive criticism is or how much it matters!

Criticism is not negative, in fact its necessity.

Any person who cannot take constructive criticism is the wrong fit for boat operations. Because risk does not give a damn about their emotions.

If they vocalize a string of defensive excuses such as blaming the boat, the dock, the rock or the wave and fail to identify their selective decision in putting their craft in those situations they hold onto dangerous thinking! We cannot accept this, we must take responsibility for our maneuvers.

When operators become defensive and cannot admit their errors, we have to pull them off the boat and get them back in training. This is the best way to help them and to protect their reputation and get them on the right track.

CONSTRUCTIVE CRITICISM IS NOT BLAME

Constructive criticism is the fast track to success!

If you are defensive and have problem with instruction, guidance and critical peer review, you need to stop it. That is fear talking from a weak position that will harm you.

Don’t be that person. If you are unable to take criticism you are not trainable. That means you are a liability waiting to explode.

These type of people are a boating safety problem, it will be revealed at some point because everyone runs a camera and cameras don’t lie. They are moving backwards, not forward.

As friends in boating safety we don't want to see our colleagues fail. We will not lie to them. We will tell them what they need to know so they can succeed.

If we fail to be honest with those who are struggling or operating dangerously we would not care about them. We are sad when we see our colleagues fail, when crisis strikes we take no joy in their problems. We are all in this boat together, we are one team, but we all need to pull our oar in stride or we won't get anywhere.

Most folks will take any attention they can get without retrospective scrutiny of their motives, especially if its negative. First we need to identify the negative of our operations and challenge it to physics and safety.

Negative attention is more seductive than responsible actions. That is why weakness prevails, its easier to be weak than strong.

Yes, our community has a multitude of chronic abusers; lauding their mishaps as if they should get a medal for surviving repetitive negligence. We see too many of these Zero Heroes. They need to be fixed so they can rise up instead of going backwards.

What we need are competent Coxswains who represent our boating community with honor and seamanship skills. Men and women who respect our maritime heritage and nautical ancestry. We all need to enforce competency to take the stage and put these careless operators in the queue for learning.

How do they get away with it? It’s not because they are great, it’s because a Personal Water Craft is very forgiving! Give our boats their credit due! We have to constantly assess ourselves as well and make sure we are walking the walk honorably in our helm behavior.

Your safety is first. If you have an operator who is reckless, say something. When any person fails to recognize evidence-based facts, don’t get on a boat with them! Protect yourself first and choose wisely who you will board with.

That’s a tough one for publicity seekers, because the general public cannot weigh risk versus gain and drama is the immediate reward.

Critiques and constructive criticism only sting if you recognize yourself as the problem and realize you are not up to par.
It won’t sting at all if you are willing to learn and have a hunger for appropriate knowledge.

In fact, imagine how fast your increase will be!

Most professionals hunger for constructive criticism, its called ‘training’. Reviews are part of the learning process and are taken seriously.

Be very hungry and ask for a review!

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Posted: June 12, 2019

Content Creator of Rescue Water Craft and Personal Water Craft boating international education standards: Shawn Alladio is the world’s foremost authority and leading subject matter expert. She cares most about her community and the culture surrounding the safety of event service providers and Rescue Water Craft operators, working hard and dedicated towards protecting their reputation, distributing safety information and continuing to train these amazing individuals to the highest standards of care.

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Have any questions? Join the Rescue Water Craft Association
and discover what your community is doing to modernize standards, safety and reduce liability!
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Use at your own risk. Please take a qualified Rescue Water Craft training course and maintain proper records and respect all the PWC, RWC, PPE, and gear OEM manufacturer warning labels and cautions.

EVIDENCE DOES NOT LIE BUT PEOPLE DO

EVIDENCE IS SAFETY

Evidence does not lie, but people often do. People do this to cover up insecurity and to protect their mistakes. It is tough to admit our wrongs.

People of courage can admit when they are wrong. They have character that realizes their responsibility in the framework of action. Essentially they hold themselves accountable.

It may take repetitive mistakes to surrender to the reality of the evidence.

We understand, its similar to training methods where our instructors are guiding and correcting safety behaviors, but our students are willing to learn. They actually are SEEKING this criticism to generate success!

SACRED TRUST

Many let their pride hold them hostage and cause harm to those around them. Mainly because its a convenient behavior that serves them from succeeding. If they can get more people on that team, they create a lesser capable experience and they can hide behind false flags.

Success is not afraid of failure, in fact embracing failure is the key to succeeding and not repeating it!

Typically haphazard operators are often masked by false heroics and encouraged because when someone is wrong, its easier to surround yourself with more wrong to protect the wrong, and that does not make it right!

The strongest type of evidence is that which provides direct proof of the truth of an assertion.

They are easy to see in photos, videos and online stories, and each of these operators can be helped to develop the proper mindset needed to be a Coxswain. Even instructors are not immune to redemptive behaviors after course review of results. Video is very helpful in these remedial actions.

Does anyone scrutinize their videos before they load them for the world to review? If the obvious mishap is the relevant focal point of a video, the intention is clear. They are seeking negative attention at the sake of risking an accident.

They fail to realize that their career is at stake and that maritime law does not permit excuses seen in video presentations. In fact maritime law will use these videos as case example for prosecution.

We wrote the book on Rescue Water Craft and evidence was our teacher.

TRUE STRENGTH LIES IN SAFE BOATING BEHAVIORS

Our community has a lot of newbies who are not well versed in boat operations, but they are out there and performing. They are enjoying their experiences but are not exactly applying themselves towards learning anything that would be helpful.

Most are just imitating poor behaviors that will lead them to a mishap or an injury. Let’s not do this. You get to make your mind up right now what kind of RWC operator you want to be?

Once I had a surfer attack my professionalism because theirs was under scrutiny of a Personal Water Craft mishap they were in control of and were lucky to not have killed someone or harmed themselves. He accused me of only having theory to share and not knowing my business. Cheap shot and closed the door to learning something that could have helped him but he preferred to protect his future reputation with reckless and negligent operations of a motorized vessel. That means something! And its wrong.

This is what happens when people are afraid of knowledge and cannot understand what contributions they make for their mishaps. This man is still creating mishaps operating in denial fully fueling his ego. Nothing learned, nothing gained, surrounded by poor mentors who are just as fearful as he is.

Let’s call it what it is and not sugar coat a lie.

Get your training sorted.

Get your qualifications in order.

Your horizon will change with your competency and we can't wait to hear your good news!
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Posted: June 12, 2019

Content Creator of Rescue Water Craft and Personal Water Craft boating international education standards: Shawn Alladio is the world’s foremost authority and leading subject matter expert. She cares most about her community and the culture surrounding the safety of event service providers and Rescue Water Craft operators, working hard and dedicated towards protecting their reputation, distributing safety information and continuing to train these amazing individuals to the highest standards of care.

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Have any questions? Join the Rescue Water Craft Association
and discover what your community is doing to modernize standards, safety and reduce liability!
Join the Rescue Water Craft Association

Use at your own risk. Please take a qualified Rescue Water Craft training course and maintain proper records and respect all the PWC, RWC, PPE, and gear OEM manufacturer warning labels and cautions.

DO YOU NEED A LIGHTNING DETECTOR?

LIGHTNING AND YOU

You might want to consider investing in one of these. If not, you do need to constantly monitor the NOAA weather channel on your radio and take action if you see thunderstorms moving into your area of operation.

Make sure you have a plan of action in place or a policy for your personnel for lightning.

There are many different types of handheld devices you could use with an RWC and you do not have good comm’s with your ground staff via radio, check out these devices. They are small, compact and affordable.

If you operate in a high-risk area consider an electronic device such as this:

Product Description- The AcuRite Lightning Detector could save your life. It detects cloud-to-ground, cloud-to-cloud and intra-cloud lightning strikes within a 25 mi./40 km range and notifies you with a loud alarm, flashing red LED light and text message on the backlit display. It also displays a running total of the number of strikes detected.

CONDUIT

And its enhanced interference rejection feature prevents false lightning detection. Pocket-sized for portability, this weather-resistant unit has a no-slip clip and two modes of operation: outdoor and indoor. Operates on 2 AAA batteries (not included) with an 8 – 10-month battery life expectancy. $25USD (Source: Tom Hawes)

Posted: June 11, 2019

Content Creator of Rescue Water Craft and Personal Water Craft boating international education standards: Shawn Alladio is the world’s foremost authority and leading subject matter expert. She cares most about her community and the culture surrounding the safety of event service providers and Rescue Water Craft operators, working hard and dedicated towards protecting their reputation, distributing safety information and continuing to train these amazing individuals to the highest standards of care.

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Have any questions? Join the Rescue Water Craft Association
and discover what your community is doing to modernize standards, safety and reduce liability!
Join the Rescue Water Craft Association

Use at your own risk. Please take a qualified Rescue Water Craft training course and maintain proper records and respect all the PWC, RWC, PPE, and gear OEM manufacturer warning labels and cautions.

How to Move Your RWC Safely

Watch Your Back

How do I move a 1,000 lb. Jet Ski on the sand near the waterline? It's pretty simple.

Here is a quick review of what I do to pivot the Rescue Water Craft. I have watched many people over the years who have not been mentored properly in how to move a boat without strain or scooping the jet pump cover into the sand.

Maybe this advice will help you?

Don't forget this: Sand is sandpaper. The more you ground your RWC and the more you drive up on the sand you are going to damage the keel. Sometimes it is significant. Oftentimes with sand groundings the sand is a light cover, below the surface are heavier hard objects that hull can come in contact with such as rocks, cobble or shell.

These boats are not made for that and Coxswains should use due caution because of breaking motor mounts, ruining the bottom hull and leaving an asset unusable or out of service for repairs. Our Kawasaki Jet Ski™ hull is fiberglass/gelcoat construction.

If you have a Yamaha WaveRunner™ that hull is constructed with NanoXcel™ and cannot take hard repeated groundings without rendering the hull with severe damages. We see lot of hull damages from boaters not knowing their boat!

PRUDENT MARINER

As your online mentor I would ask you to start thinking, open your attitude and park your ego, and learn to define what is taking place. So, I encourage you to look at physics. What does this mean?

Dry curb weight of the craft. Do you know what it is?

It is 932.7 lb. (dry), (422.74 kg)

This RWC model is holding a full fuel tank of 20.6 gallons. Gasoline weighs roughly 6.3 pounds per gallon, depending on the density of the FUEL. If using the metric system, the approximate mass of gasoline is 2.8 to 2.9 kilograms, depending on its density. (X 20 Gallons, x 77.97 liters).

The forward hatch has 2 pelican cases and lines fully loaded. Boat can hold up to 50lbs. stowage. (22.67 kg)

STRUCTURE OF REALITY

So, what I want you to do is look at mass weight, weight distribution and where the most centered mass is. it’s not at the waterline aft, it’s at the waterline forward. The sand is soft, the boat will ground in.

It’s good to put the craft angle on a list off the centerline like you so I do in the video so you can star the initial pivot. Also remember, don’t stop moving, keep the forward motion going (back to physics).

Make sure there are no other PWC's or objects in the rotational pivot point path from bow to stern.

Tidal changes make a grounded boat difficult to get back to the waterline by yourself. This can help in those situations.

This works well, it's easy and any senior citizen like myself can do it. 🙂

I've been moving thousands of Jet Skis since 1979, I think I got this covered lol

What is your goal for moving a grounded craft? To not cause harm to your back, or strain. To be able in some situations to move a Rescue Water Craft without asking for help, especially if there is none.

K38 Way of Training is the Right Way.

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Posted: June 11, 2019

Content Creator of Rescue Water Craft and Personal Water Craft boating international education standards: Shawn Alladio is the world’s foremost authority and leading subject matter expert. She cares most about her community and the culture surrounding the safety of event service providers and Rescue Water Craft operators, working hard and dedicated towards protecting their reputation, distributing safety information and continuing to train these amazing individuals to the highest standards of care.

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Have any questions? Join the Rescue Water Craft Association
and discover what your community is doing to modernize standards, safety and reduce liability!
Join the Rescue Water Craft Association

Use at your own risk. Please take a qualified Rescue Water Craft training course and maintain proper records and respect all the PWC, RWC, PPE, and gear OEM manufacturer warning labels and cautions.

What it Means to be a Rescue Water Craft Coxswain

RESPONSIBILITY IS MEANING

One must have the internal dedication and fortitude to apply oneself towards mastery, proper use of vessel care and inspection; maritime law, and seamanship skills.

To use proper care and utility of personal protective equipment, communications and navigation.

To be competent working as an individual or on a team under duress during recoveries of humans and animals with extreme pressure from the elements applied at the moment while on a mission.

To finish the ending with a safe transport and consideration of a stable vessel and survivor care.

To act properly when at the helm or on-board towards the goal of patrol duties and rescue needs.

To be able to determine the scope and risk of operations and changing directions.

PRUDENT MARINER

To be able to alter a life-threatening experience by degrees of severity and measured responses.

To decipher the past events in chronological order for inspection, review and critique and remedial correction when required.

To face these moments with courage and the spirit of examination and faith in their practices.

To be truthful in standards of operation and to act up on them while managing the risks for all on-board.

To not cause harm and to come home safe.

To be physical fit and mentally strong.

To be a diligent critical thinker.

To execute demanding vessel handling skills in dynamic conditions and maintain stability.

STRUCTURE OF REALITY

To do these things one must not have the audacity to claim one is a Coxswain simply through having hands on the helm, but to act out the safe behaviors and live it as a way of being.

This requires self-inspection and remarkable observation of fact, rule and danger, and an investment in preventing on-duty tragedy.

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Posted: June 10, 2019

Content Creator of Rescue Water Craft and Personal Water Craft boating international education standards: Shawn Alladio is the world’s foremost authority and leading subject matter expert. She cares most about her community and the culture surrounding the safety of event service providers and Rescue Water Craft operators, working hard and dedicated towards protecting their reputation, distributing safety information and continuing to train these amazing individuals to the highest standards of care.

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Have any questions? Join the Rescue Water Craft Association
and discover what your community is doing to modernize standards, safety and reduce liability!
Join the Rescue Water Craft Association

Use at your own risk. Please take a qualified Rescue Water Craft training course and maintain proper records and respect all the PWC, RWC, PPE, and gear OEM manufacturer warning labels and cautions.