Develop Your Rescue Character

RISK WHAT YOU DO NOT KNOW

When you write your mind is thinking

When you are thinking you are learning

When you learn you can define what you are doing

When you do what you learned you become what it is you are practicing

This is how you develop your character, you study, you write, you practice

You take the risks of training to acquire the benefits of the knowledge

Then you have gained power that defines who you are and brings purpose to your actions

Stand up for your reputation. Practice how to learn.

Faithfully yours,

Shawn

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Posted: August 31, 2020

Content Creator of Rescue Water Craft and Personal Water Craft boating international education standards: Shawn 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!

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RELATIONSHIP OF RETENTION

STRUCTURE YOUR SAFETY

Do not pander to your training to do just enough to get by, you need to challenge that which you are learning. You need to research and think how to be practical in operations and safety.

In your training you need to know what you are doing and why you are doing it. In K38 courses we request that our students to be able to ‘define their behaviors and actions’. They need to take control and not poorly imitate us, that would be disastrous.

In your training notebooks write down facts. Base them on evidence. Research the differences. Risk what you need to know not what you poorly imitate; those are very low stakes you should never gamble on.

The harsh realities of risk assessment, risk management and risk mitigation require, if not demand of your character to represent accordingly. This is not at 27% retention value or even 50%. You need to set a firm goal of 100% and consistent safety.

Anything less will become a mishap. That may affect others beyond your own control such as the department, your teammates and survivors.

You are developing your risk awareness more when you train with purpose. Don’t go through the motions and check that checklist box. Study and evaluate fearlessly. Most important have a conversation about it before, during and afterwards, seek out other credible professionals who will tell you the truth you need to hear.

Education is how you formulate your thoughts, then you need to write them down. You can apply this to your life personally or professionally. It should be part of your way of moving yourself and your capability forward.

This is how you support your team.

CLAIM RESPONSIBILITY

Otherwise you have no argument to the knowledge you are learning. You are only a reader, a voyeur of someone else’s experience. Being a reader means you have low retention value.

When you go through the motions of an in-person training, you pass your class, but later you fail in the field because you have no control over what you learned. You did nothing to retain that which passed by you in a blur.

You pick up the highlights you attached yourself to but your 27% may have missed the 4% of meaning and the rest of the % if your upcoming disaster. You prevent it. You have full control of this.

Someday you will be investigated on your knowledge. Your success and failure lie in how you think. You need to figure this out and without arrogance you need to determine how you are going to do this. Nobody can enable it for you.

It starts with getting your pen out, or your laptop computer. You cannot do this on a cell phone, that sets you up improperly and permits failure.

You have to know your equipment. What does ‘knowing your equipment’ mean?

You practice hands on and book knowledge. You empower seamanship and watermanship boating skills. You get into your Rescue Water Craft and start learning how it works and how you maintain it.

This is the example of the broken system of training we observe by poor performance we witness in videos. These people think they are doing great. It’s a lie, they are marginal. They are heading for an accident and cannot see it coming. They are unable to interpret the risk mitigation, management and assessment.

K38 does not teach like this, we negotiate your future with you. It is determined by your decisions and willingness to engage knowledge. You determine your risk and your responsibility.

Our instructors do not reject your sacred obligation to stand up for your reputation and your skills. We know that is your role. We are your professional guides, challenging your bad behaviors, mindset and hands-on skills.

Remember this: no person should be congratulated for an accident, or rewarded with a medal or citation afterwards, that is corruption at its finest level of excuse.

Faithfully yours,

Shawn

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Posted: August 31, 2020

Content Creator of Rescue Water Craft and Personal Water Craft boating international education standards: Shawn 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: Visit page terms and conditions. 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.

International Water Safety and Rescue Society Charter

Structure Your Ambition

The International Water Safety and Rescue Society is made of managers, instructors and participants incorporating or cross referencing a variety of skills and response to risk management practices.

This knowledge is that which honors our ancestor’s experiences because this information is ancient in context.

There is no need to ‘learn lessons from an accident’, but to heed our ancestor’s warnings and experiences they handed to us in trust as stewards of these principles of preservation of life.

Our risk culture is imperative to enforcing an effective risk code of conduct and ethics, integrating incentive and performance accountability, defining the responsibilities and roles consistent in defense of risk mitigation.

The society is measured through its communication values determined by the applicable risks.

Participants recognize the specifics of risk and ensure their views on risk align before an incident occurs or assumptions were misaligned with the reality.

Planning is where the stakeholders join efforts under Subject Matter Experts (SME) guidance within this society.

Subject Matter Experts can prove their SME history with verified documentation and their source materials and have the rightful experience to construct and determine the best outcomes based upon these contributing facts.

The frequency and impact of risk response is what an assessment is based upon. Management actions are specifically responsible to reduce the likelihood or negative impact and increase the positives.

However, this is dependent upon the managements agreed upon risk management strategy and practices for their personnel and equipment use.

• Avoidance
• Acceptance
• Monitor
• Reduce controls
• Transfer controls
• Share controls

These responses are based upon action plans with corresponding assignments to the appropriate owners within the management placement hierarchy structure according to the risk levels and warnings.

This is where the risk assessments serve as gatekeepers of response measures.

Emerging risks can bring negative consequence and widespread failure.

Question: What is training?

Answer: Training is an accurate representation of identifiable outcomes to prepare for the assigned risk tasks and testing methods.

Training is a plan to address unpredicted outcomes to prevent errors in order to represent and reintegrate new practices and safety measures before approving a program or its participants.

This is monitored through recurring assessments to ensure functionality and retention of skills.

The society is constructed to develop resilience with the predictable and unpredictable outcomes. To ensure that safety and programs do not experience catastrophic events and to avoid fraud or negligence in the construct of the risk.

This is the voluntary challenge of resilience to avoid catastrophe.

MAVERICKS AND MAVENS

The risk takers are the ones who test and push the risk to new levels because they are trying to learn. They are not found within a department or agency.

They are found in the public, and are a vital construct of agency dependency. They communicate to the world their actions and they are observed for their investments, sacrifices and lessons they tested to save others from catastrophe.

Imitation ensues from these mavericks often without regard for their input, sometimes it is poor, reckless and negligent or substandard practices that mimic these actions. This is where a program can find sustainable or get lost in its own hubris and left behind in innovation and safety.

Often, our society witnesses the catastrophic failures where these experts are dismissed when they should be lauded and given credit due. We can do better in this regard for promotion of a spirit of cooperation.

These are the creators of risk solutions responders rely upon because they are doing; they are risking with their own support measures or lack thereof and funding it themselves with no compensation for their efforts.

Managers, instructors and students are gleaning from their experiences, do not dismiss their historical evidence.

The faculty of conscious is in the ethical orientation morally of that which is good and that which protects property and lives through the actions of those within the society.

ETHICS

The endurance of the safety risk pedagogy and methods are part of a water safety and rescue hierarchy that is designed to protect health, environment, animal welfare, equipment and human safety.

The society deals voluntarily with rebuilding and improving the representation of safety in risk practices.
The voluntary admission of program managers and participants is a team effort.

 Address Challenges and Problems
 Admit and assess Failures.
 Do not reward Accidents, mishaps or failures
 Stop a program when it’s negligent before it becomes gross negligence
 Develop necessary skills and acquire verified equipment
 Budget for the needs and sustainability of program success
 Progress is measurable, maintain effective records for review and accident investigations

Program anomalies are what managers and instructors did not understand or was foreign to them.

This is because their training may have been at or below the status quo and already at risk at its inception.

Program management is consequence of discovery or naivety.

This type of situation creates chaos in programs and actions. When a program was designed with inherent or potential future damages those inherited structures will threaten and damage the program.

Failure should not stop a program; but the failure should be pursued during training so it can be corrected in remedial actions, and progress effectively documented prior to release approval to serve public performance.

The construct is to create a professional and manageable program based on profound and meaningful information that prevents chronic abuse of safety through ignorance and to ensure mission success.

The cure to risk potential or post-accident investigation is securing effective or new information that is garnered outside of the damaged management system, the community and the instructor program or association.

If this is ignored the risk failure will continue to engage. The associated risk is preventable by decisions made in the hierarchy of the structure and individuals who represent this.
Intrinsic manager, instructor, responder values have multiple responsibilities. We have a destiny lined out in our goals and in our participation in these systems.
These responsibilities have to be taken seriously, because your good and your bad affect results. Positive improvement should be a continual and repetitive action and behavior.

THE WHOLE TRUTH

Question: What is a professional responder or manager?

Answer: A person who utilizes a planned and standardized sequence of actions based on tested and authorized behaviors overseen by a third-party assessor for authenticity.

The subsequent results are verified equipment, understanding of the assigned risk of their personnel and its mission; capability to respond (or not respond depending on the severity of the situation) to the level of their qualification successfully.

Professional responders often work on a variety of identifiable teams tasked to a set mission either regionally or outside of their jurisdiction and with additional outside resources (mutual aid) in response to persons or animals in a variety of risk environments.

A. Local Response
B. Natural Disaster
C. Catastrophic Disaster
D. War, Bio or Terrorism Threat
E. Cyber Security Threat
F. Celestial Event

GOALS

1. These actions and behaviors have predictable outcomes
2. These actions and behaviors have assigned roles and rules
3. These actions are evidential facts based off historical experience that is chronicled
• Positive Outcomes
 Public Trust
 Health and Environment protection
 Agency Trust
 Equipment Protection
 Teamwork Flow
 Safety is enabled
 Emergency decisions enacted positively
• Negative Outcomes
 Program degradation
 Instructor Reputation Damaged
 Failure to perform assigned duties
 Equipment damaged or lost
 Accidents
 Injuries
 Death
5. These actions and behaviors should not be repeated after ‘lessons are first learned’

6. These actions and behaviors should be reviewed and updated as new technologies and anomalous experiences are identified

7. Behavioral Training sequenced in steps or stages for retention of the standards and safety practices
• Positive Enabling Outcome
• Negative Disabling Outcome

8. Positive outcomes are based off of a predicted and tested action or behavior
• Planned sequences of response to events based off of past to current knowledge
• Identify the sequences of action and behavior that may contribute to an ascent and to enforce those that may exist for potential downgrades
• Critical review and assessment of after action reports and remedial assigned tasks

9. Negative outcomes are based off of an unpredicted and untested action or behavior

• Unplanned sequences of response to events based off of untested or unknown knowledge
• Retraining to adhere to the ascent and direction of identifiable sequences of actions
• Identify the ascent of mistakes, decisions, sequences, equipment and personnel decisions making processes in the post incident or pre-training objectives for correction

10. Risk levels and Responder stages of professional development and equipment limitations
• Low
• Moderate
• High
• Severe
• Extreme (Go-No Go)
11. Continuation on advancing the trust of planned, predicted, sequences that are decided upon in actions and behaviors to avoid a descent in risk; accident, injury and death prevention

• Enforcement of Academic Honesty
• Program corruption and the growing vulnerabilities of this practice
• Financials challenges
• Personnel issues: Physical fitness, skills conformity, knowledge retention, discipline
• Identification of counterfeit, fraud and plagiary in program or instructor stewardship
• Standards enforcement and conformity
• Professional assessment of Subject Matter Expert curriculum development. Surety that only verified SME’s are drafting the curricula
• Third party assessor for course curriculum and instructor levels
• Verified instructors providing verified courses to student cadre with recurring training and updates

12. These actions, behaviors and equipment have a supporting corresponding annual sustainable budget.

• Measure of performance and records management
• Measure of equipment viability, inspection, purchase
• Recurring Verified Training on a timeline schedule
• Equipment maintenance schedule
• Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
• Replacement of damaged or destroyed equipment or PPE
• Communications suite
• Emergency Equipment and Accessories

Risk management programs (managers-instructors) require monitoring a quality management system that has been audited by a third-party scrutineer for compliance and conformity to international standards.

Risk management programs are driven by five primary determinations:

• Public trust and investment funding
• Regulatory requirements
• Management priority
• Personnel and program safety and education
• Risk levels and Personnel - Equipment capability

Note: Budget not included but a primary driver of program success or failure

These unique risks and attributes are gained through a holistic view of both the society, the agency and the individual to better understand manage each attributable unique risk.

Do not forget to add into this equation the most important factor: the public. Who these people are and what their needs are in a moment of crisis. Their location and situation dictate the needs and response. This is their story and you need to be ready to finish viewing their book to the ending.

NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH

This aggregated outlook focused on risk exposures regardless of geography, location, team or agency allow our water safety and rescue society to best be able to interact between risks, alternatives and forward-looking scenarios. It also warns us to hold ourselves responsible.

This is the encouragement our society participants need. Be brave through competency, be prepared through actions and practices and be meaningful with your purpose; so, you know what you can do and when you can do it.

This helps to be better organized as an individual and a society and ready for the consequences we entertain.

The destination is not conducted by one person, but it is borne on our individual efforts. We all have a significant role to play in a manner that does not cause harm. Safety is a responsibility; it is also a behavior.

PERMISSION RIGHTS MEAN RESPONSIBILITY

Your responsibility in this society is to participate professionally with appropriate behavior. Your responsibility is to understand the standards and to protect them, endorse them and enforce them with yourself and others. Do not praise incompetent actions or issue praise or reward.

This is each person’s fault and success; collectively we all need to be held responsible and take a code of ethical conduct as a society; knowing you are not alone.

Through this each individual learns their specific role and responsibility within the hierarchy and the safety of those involved.

It begins with a conversation.
It is good.

So help me God.

Faithfully yours,

Shawn

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Posted: August 16, 2020

Content Creator of Rescue Water Craft and Personal Water Craft boating international education standards: Shawn 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: Visit page terms and conditions. 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.

Know Thy Self

Don’t be seduced by the work enthusiasm itself

Be prepared for tragedy. That being to avoid your own.

At some point in your career you will be facing this and you need to be prepared. If you are not ready a true Hell will manifest in a personal catastrophe, so don’t let it bring you down and those around you.

Just like training for the mission, you need to train for tragedy and the hurts that lurk in our thoughts hidden secretly in our brain. We wrestle with the moral visuals of horrific events, these brittle fragments of the miracles or unspeakable experiences.

To be careful with leading a meaningful professional life and your range of work you must not be naïve about the reality of the natural and human tragedy of work that is associated with your discipline.

You have to defend yourself with internal mechanisms of spiritual and emotional survival.

You will be exposed to tragedy, to a structural trauma, yours and theirs. Yours may not be physical.

You will witness things that bad people do. You may visit it within your own thoughts.

You cannot be naïve about these truths.

You have to know what evil is, and the complexity of tragedy, loss, grief and disaster. This is not an unknown, it is a fact. You will be facing it, and visiting it in your dreams.

Face it, forage for the truth and the harm, know its shadow and yours. Otherwise you will not be prepared for the job, the reality of nature and the dark aspects of human behavior.

You will not be a good fit for the job, you may become a problem because you did not prepare. This is where people end up becoming victims of their work. This work can devour those not prepared, and it may nip at you from time to time.

The first discussion to have with yourself is can you handle this? Are you the right person for the endurance of this pathway? What is your counter measure to combat this inner war? You need to negotiate this now, not when you find yourself in an unexpected funk.

Water Rescue is not a happy plush toy. It is not being a hero; it is not the high we get off of helping others. Its grimy, drastic, deadly and dangerous. It’s more like wrestling with the precipice between life and death and you are an assessor. We arrive at those incidents with intention to intervene on a selection process of actions.

That does not make any of us a self-appointed God, a hero, or a savior. It is a choice that you made a bargain with. Its hard work, its effort, it’s a dervish between right and wrong, accident and preparation, prey and predator.

For water safety measures, this can be a volunteer, or paid professional. Both require training for the calls.

Although, most of the world’s water rescues are conducted by the general population in the moment of, or during a catastrophic event, and they do pretty good.

They may not be exposed to repeated attempts of intercession. The numbers of instance may not correlate to long term exposure of trauma. You may want to bargain now how you take a break to recharge the spirit and the flesh.

Running on a high tempo of an adrenaline flush, also has a hormonal depletion.

You have to know about balances, checks and rebate checks. Because sometimes the coupon is not enough to redeem.

And you need to increase the flesh association with nutrition, that feeds the brain.

There is emotional stimulus you can explore outside of present experience, start practicing your critical thinking and observation.

Every tragic encounter you have to reset from the chaos witnessed. There is a cost for every action, and you exhaust bits and pieces, just like burning fuel. Make sure you don't run out of fuel stranded on a dead end street.

You have to add more tools from the past tragic experience so you can constantly move forward and away from inner chaos.

The Predator in Our Mind

It makes you a person who ‘attempts’ to intervene and place yourself, your equipment and possibly your team in peril. If you have not faced any of these, you need to do this, or you will be naïve in the moment of tragedy. Then your naivete will cost you greatly.

You may have deep depression, or PTSD. The only way to grasp reality is to wrestle with its truths. If you are naïve you will be your own victim of circumstance. If you are at that point not willing to take a look back at yourself, you will blame outwardly as a victim.

Life is not fair and we have a duty to be prepared for pathological victimization. People do not think through very well what reality is. The heartbreak, the suffering witnessed. These are characteristics of life that cannot be taken personally.

There are accidents, they have causes. Weather is its own pattern of life. Earth is alive below us and we live on a broken crust. The atmosphere is a bubble of pressures and astral influences. Humans are for the most part good and bad. The deciding difference is which side they make peace with and which side they ignore.

A good mentor who has walked ahead of you is a good anchor for support. You want to look towards the durable, strong, and enduring icons and legends. What is it about their personality? How further can your learning objectives go to support your own mental and spiritual safety? Do you have a relationship with a God of your choice that guides you away from ownership of not having any hope in life?

A lot of people want to be a ‘water rescue’ responder. Wanting something is not doing it. Doing it is tragic.
• Prepare for tragedy.
• Prepare for managing the grief of witness, your own, your team and survivors.
• Prepare by understanding the 5 levels of risk management and focus on the extreme.

Prepare by establishing a spiritual base you can rely upon when times are tough and you question the purpose and meaning of life. (The answer is being purposeful by having meaning and defining it).
• Prepare by understanding that humans are evil (Malevolent).
• Prepare by understanding of the measures of power influenced by weather, Earth and atmospheric events.
• Prepare by understanding your equipment and PPE, how to use it properly, inspect and when to retire.

Depression has facets some of it is an effect of emotional kill joy from bitter, jealous, petty colleagues.
The negative human interface can be a catalyst that pushes another problem forward. ‘Pushing buttons’ is an effective measure to get to your vulnerable areas of your person and cause you to blow or go.

If you get down low spiritually and emotionally or even physically; you have to keep moving. If you find that you are down and you hold yourself down with reinforced negative thoughts, you will have a harder time getting back up.

Exercise, thinking, moving, activity and nutrition that builds you up with proper rest is key, but don’t shirk from life. Face it with courage. Be brave and remember who you are.

The time to prepare for tragedy is now, train your mind. Start by addressing the evil and disaster potential that has a pattern throughout all of Earth and human history. When you gather perspective, it is easier to face and restrict buying into any false fairy tales. The facts and nothing but the facts!

Tragedy is characteristic of life. History proves to us the evidence of its measure.

Life does go on, with or without us. When disruptive negative events happen, life keeps shifting to the next reference. A good reference is when you have a negative and bitter thought, immediately chase it with a corresponding positive one. Train your mind how you train your body. Strengthen your inner determination.

Make sure you have a plan, and not just for doing they job, getting a paycheck and planning a vacation.

This is a vital part of how we organize our spirit in the value structure of loss vs. gain. Our real mission is to come home safe; and to do that, we plan.

The highest value is to plan for our spirit as well, it’s what drives us! And without that, we are just another statistic.

Faithfully yours,

Shawn

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Posted: August 5, 2020

Content Creator of Rescue Water Craft and Personal Water Craft boating international education standards: Shawn 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: Visit page terms and conditions. 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.