DO NOT TAKE SAFETY AT SEA FOR GRANTED

YOU ARE YOUR RESPONSIBILITY

“A Moment for Safety Will Save a Lifetime of Regret” – Wake of Fame Inductee Brian Bendix

The only reason you are reading this is because you care.

1. If you are a passenger on a Personal Water Craft (PWC) you assume your own risk of safety. Prepare, study and take responsibility for your actions underway and prior to departure.

2. If you are an operator or owner of a Personal Water Craft (PWC) you assume your own risk and safety and those you bring on board. Prepare, study and take responsibility for your actions underway and prior to departure.

Boating is a lot of fun! The pursuit of this experience bears the responsibility of being safe so you can enjoy the outing and come home safe.

There is an amazing amount of content on the internet warning people, free information, free boating courses, free downloads for Owner’s Manuals, forums and groups you can join.

Paid or free you have every opportunity to empower your experience and that of others! Make sure you invest in your personal safety and that of all you have on board your PWC.

You cannot blame the boat, the weather, the water, or your friends. Your safety begins with you!

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15 Pages
Published January 21, 2020
Completed: January 20, 2020

Author: Shawn Alladio is the world’s foremost PWC authority and leading Subject Matter Expert and Founder of K38. She cares most about her community and the culture surrounding the safety of event service providers and Rescue Water Craft coxswains. K38 is dedicated towards protecting reputation, distributing boating & water safety information and continuing to train these amazing individuals to the highest standards of care and seamanship skills.
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RWC Readiness Dimension

The structure of maritime authority and governing boating and water safety rules is based on ‘safety at sea’ measures and a hierarchy of order within a risky and dangerous activity.

This is derived from an organized system of practices based off the evidence from around the world of what people did wrong, how programs failed and what those results were and the faith to make it better.

The role of instructors it to make this world wide learning experience not only safer, but to enforce the safety practices and invest in the student cadre these resolutions.

Its based on a set of skills, the integration of the manner of these practices, the mindset determination of the individual and the boating safety culture.

Training programs are broken into functional categories, and those categories are identifiable domains that reflect the carriage of the student embodiment.

The capacity to fulfill the best practices or standards that you study under also incorporate the study of who you are as an individual. The mindset of a person is the greatest domain. Its based off their complexity of experience and behavioral training and functions in the real world.

These routines are dependent on the pattern of the complexity that involves boating safety.

The maritime possibilities of risk have to be directed at individual solutions with the perceived path while underway. That is a constantly changing dynamic.

If you think you are on the edge of a moving precipice and the boundary is just off your bow, your role is to stay steady and reduce any potential mishaps.

Each time you cross over that next wave (boundary) your performance of that pattern is the realization of your performance value. Was it safe? How do you determine what safe is?

THIS IS YOUR FUTURE

Encourage yourself to look at your operations from an objective perspective. The things you have not experienced yet are not your known module, you have to transfer into the unknown potential to understand the stakes you are engaged with.

The direct encounters you have with each wave, swell, directional change, current vectors of wind force and survivors are complex causalities you must solve on those boundaries.

You find the meaning of safety at sea by the cultural context of the law, the standards, the examples and prior mishaps, possibly even your own.

When you interact with your Rescue Water Craft, TAD and Crew you begin to gain sense of those realities that are not contained within your text book manual. You have to collapse the potential of the unknown into reasonable and transferable actions.

Do not give excuses to the actions you examine. Specify what you experienced if you want to attain operational security from your past to move forward your capable response. The unknown is the manner you use with your specified education history. Use this review process to transform yourself, rather than hold yourself hostage from pathological defense.

The analysis of the objective problem is the key. Your Rescue Water Craft is your model of success, it delivers you to the point of contact desired. This vessel represents your success. However, if it suffers a failure operationally, it becomes a possible threat.

How good are your inspection methods? Do you know how to fix it, to troubleshoot and to afford the budget for repairs?

The Rescue Water Craft is only good when its functional, otherwise it’s a significant liability and a danger to the risk metrics engaged. Geographic and weather compliments will add to this challenge along with the survivor

We are territorial beings, in our regions we become protective. In our failures we become defensive. This does not serve the greater good of our maritime culture.

That territory is challenged by what you do not know, it creates a delusion of where people think they are versus what nature will prove to them in reality.

BOUNDARY OF POTENTIAL

You are only as good as you know what to do. If you do not know how to match your behaviors and place them into motion, you will not aim for the success metric of Rescue Water Craft operational security.

You need to know how to act in your territory of domain aka Rescue Water Craft operations. When operators drive outside of their known RWC territory, they begin to lose control of their situation because they have not mastered that next domain. The possibility of the unknown can have disastrous results.

They can also allow an Operator to awaken to the moment and transcend the unexpected if they maintain a safety mindset.

Being prepared means to not rest in the past, but seek the future solutions.

You can make a dangerous situation worse. Tragedy is what we strive to avoid creating.

You are reaching from familiar territory to the unexplored territory. People do not like change. They know how to behave where they recognize the actions are predictable.

The risk areas in training are to prepare Coxswains for those areas that are unknown and unpredictable.

We are engaged with the chaotic and unpleasant measures of how we can die in an aquatic environment. When we use our training structure, we have to manage our mindset with reasonable balance.

Every time you train you are familiarizing yourself with the new behaviors, and this takes time. You have to associate new actions.

You are working with the danger imposed to make sense from it though your own behaviors. There are multiple pathways of learning, narrow your analysis to attend to necessary results.

Be careful about the abstract ideas of unchallenged methods, do not be distracted from the realities of risk in the maritime environment.

In training you compare results. Pay close attention.

That is the structure a good instructor will deliver and nature will defend. It is your role to make sense of it.

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Posted: January 21, 2020

Content Creator of Rescue Water Craft and Personal Water Craft boating international education standards:
Shawn Alladio is the world’s foremost PWC 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 coxswains. K38 is 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? Come train with us and discover what your community is doing to modernize standards, safety and reduce liability!

Caution: 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.

History of the WNY PWC Challenge Coins

THE HISTORY

Craig R. Witt is the founding member of the WNY PWC club based in the Buffalo, New York area.

Back in 2017, the first recreational WNY PWC (Personal Watercraft) event began gaining traction within the PWC community.

This was due to the work that was generated from previous years local events.

These community events gained industry support through the motto ‘We Support Those Who Support Us’.

#WeSupportThoseWhoSupportUs

One of the outstanding supporters was Ken KGees. He had reached out from a military based PWC club, looking to support these efforts. He secured a monetary donation that was gifted to WNY PWC.

TEAMWORK

WNY PWC was inspired by this generosity and decided to “pay it back” through activities that honored a military tradition of mutable respect.

Enter Craig R. Witt. ‘As former veteran myself, I had a challenge coin in my night stand and began searching how to have these made for our PWC events’.

Ken Gees agreed with the concept and together they began working on the original design.

Each year WNY PWC carries on this tradition by having an amazing sponsor cover the cost of this highly collectible challenge coin, These WNY PWC challenge coins show the event ride logo on one side and the donating sponsors logo on the opposite side!

These challenge coins are a club and rider tradition that is carried on each year

STAY TUNED

We can’t wait to see how many coins their members will collect moving forward this outstanding tradition. They have structured some fun opportunities for their members who present their challenge coins at future events.

Stay tuned for those stories…….

For more information please visit: Follow the Club on their Facebook page

Special thanks to Craig for sharing the club information and KGees for his dedication.

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Posted: January 20, 2020

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? Come train with us and discover what your community is doing to modernize standards, safety and reduce liability!

Caution: 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 YOU DO NOT KNOW IS THE PLACE TO START

WHAT IS THE DUNNING - KRUEGER EFFECT?

“People tend to hold overly favorable views of their abilities in many social and intellectual domains. The authors suggest that this overestimation occurs, in part, because people who are unskilled in these domains suffer a dual burden:

Not only do these people reach erroneous conclusions and make unfortunate choices, but their incompetence robs them of the metacognitive ability to realize it.

Across 4 studies, the authors found that participants scoring in the bottom quartile on tests of humor, grammar, and logic grossly overestimated their test performance and ability. Although their test scores put them in the 12th percentile, they estimated themselves to be in the 62nd.

Several analyses linked this miscalibration to deficits in metacognitive skill, or the capacity to distinguish accuracy from error. Paradoxically, improving the skills of participants, and thus increasing their metacognitive competence, helped them recognize the limitations of their abilities.”
– Dunning/Krueger

Source: Semantics Scholar

FALLING AND FAILING IN THE RESCUE WATER CRAFT CULTURE

You can see them in videos and all over the internet, making claims that you know are reckless, dangerous and negligent, but they are oblivious to. You see it in organizations, associations, departments, teams and instructors.

How can obvious warning signs that are unsafe practices be so easily ignored or unrecognized? This behavior lies in the individual’s self-assessment of over inflated value. This can lead to poor estimation of actual capabilities and lure an Operator into a false sense of security.

This is where we view frequent accidents on videos of Operators using a PWC beyond their actual capabilities. The relevant skills are missing. These detrimental behaviors are costly and only serve a self serving bias and do not reflect our professional operations.

We never arrive at the pinnacle of our objective. We are constantly striving for the horizon of knowledge. This is a mighty journey, do not over place yourself.

When asked do I consider myself an advanced RWC Coxswain, I respond ‘yes, but I have so much more to learn’.

Our enthusiasm for using a Rescue Water Craft and diminishing the boating safety requirements for competency has become a maritime cultural whitewash. It has brought all of us to this monolith at some point in our career.

Usually the wake-up call is a fatality in training or destruction in the field during a call-out. This is where lessons will be learned rather than taught to prevent.

People who are not able to recognize their RWC operational incompetency if tested could not fulfill the reciprocal RWC skills necessary to become competent.

Their logic of performance is based upon the very flaws lacking in their scope even though they boast confidence based on ‘feelings’ rather than ‘facts’, they are a time bomb ticking.

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Why does this matter? Because safety is not a word it is a behavior in place for providing consistent boating operations. We have many predecessors in our ancestral maritime culture who have given us the path towards success. It should not be ignored by the new generation of RWC operators.

The fix for this would be to challenge an Operator as a Coxswain, because the standards are askew between the two.

Stiff regulations of evolutionary boating knowledge are determined by a Coxswain. An Operator is basically anyone at the helm of a Personal Watercraft.

How to avoid the pitfalls of your own meta cognition regarding Rescue Water Craft competency? You have to be critical of yourself; actions, motives, skills and knowledge base.

This is why the scrutineers of instructors must be thoroughly tested based on the science of evidence, fact and performance.

In our boating safety culture, Instructors are the first round of success or failure. If they are not competent in their own scrutiny of the knowledge base, they will turn out the next generation of lower than average Coxswains and Crew members.

However, If an Instructor has been examined after intensive Coxswain training and has the ability to consistently apply themselves to learning and knowledge annually with their recertification, they will be avoiding what is called the Dunning-Kruger effect.

Instructors are not immune to self-inflation. This is why we should all question the content and challenge it for professional development. That type of scrutiny is valid for our safety and those we serve.

KNOWLEDGE IS A PROCESS FOR THE IGNORANT

When a person first engages in learning the RWC knowledge foundation, they previously did not harness now becomes inspiration.

Their prior ignorance of the subject of Rescue Water Craft operations and subsequent instruction afterward, they may feel the invigoration of knowledge.

This is a wonderful experience of inspired purpose, but you are just beginning, it’s the baseline of promise. It is not the destination.

This ignorance can be dangerous if they believe they are an immediate expert.

That takes years of cognitive reasoning with practical applications in the scope of the domain regarding these small power craft. It cannot happen with one class, or one year or even five years.

To master the knowledge base is an intensive process and progress laden struggle, and you should not do this alone. Ask for help. Ask for evaluations, research and study. (Keep repeating that)

Group misconceptions are also on the rise mainly due to the rapid post firing of internet posts that are not scrutinized by governing bodies of education or expertise.

Taking an RWC course does not make you an expert after a few hours or days. Keep training, get on the boat on the water and develop the skills your instructor warned you about.

TO BE OR NOT TO BE

Behavioral training is a significant influencer on our skills, and this can go in an upward or downward trend. Poor imitation is not success.

Knowing something does not make you an expert. Understanding the realities, history and physics behind it with real world data and scrutiny does.

You can be the nicest person on a Personal Watercraft, and well-liked by your friends and colleagues.

But-If you cannot conduct a positive pivot point secure stop on a Rescue Water Craft 50 times, you don’t know what you are doing. And both port and starboard side swings please! After that we will move onto 25 other skill assessments to determine your competency.

This absence of operational knowledge can ruin reputations, damage equipment and injure or kill people.

Isn’t that enough to scare you into a self-evaluation process of your skills? Probably not.

If you are humble and willing to professionally develop your skills, begin here: Focus on your analytic skills. Look at past historic accidents and videos with repetitive operators creating mishaps. Have you missed something? Do you see yourself in the video?

The ethernet universe is cursed with misinformation regarding Rescue Water Craft operations. It is impossible to correct the dangerous operators and educate their adoring fans.

First red flag: Do not seek negative attention from an accident (mishap).

CONSIDER THE OBVERSE

If a Subject Matter Expert who is internationally recognized points out the flaws of safety or operation, listen to them.

Challenge the advice. Be open to the support you are receiving.

You may even help them. Ask me how I know? I had to admit my own shortcomings in knowledge when I stacked up against seasoned boat Captains and Coxswains in the early 1990’s. I quickly realized how little I know about power boating from a technical maritime advantage. I soon wised up and altered course.

‘Criticism in the scope of learning and is the gateway to progress’. (A good affirmation I use)

This is how we construct our positives from our negatives; where failure can endure the process of capacity unfulfilled or neglected.

Be your own Devil’s Advocate. Be hard on yourself, because you care about your reputation.

Write down the opposing views of the positive ones you embrace. What could go wrong? Why would that take place? What sets the pattern in motion for an accident? Do you know what a mishap is and what to consider?

If you changed one thing in your RWC pattern of operations, how much more effective do you think you would be? Are you open to change? Do you have courage to make improvements?

You won’t know until you go.

Reference the Authors: Unskilled and unaware of it: how difficulties in recognizing one's own incompetence lead to inflated self-assessments.

By Justin Kruger and David Dunning (Authors)

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Posted: January 19, 2020

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? Come train with us and discover what your community is doing to modernize standards, safety and reduce liability!

Caution: 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.