Mavericks big wave safety

REDEMPTION RIDE

Riding for a Cause

Shawn Alladio: PWC Offshore Race Team. 300 mile endurance race, Ironman award

I was invited to Mavericks for an upcoming swell by Jeff Clark. I packed up my boxvan and four RWC’s and headed north.

Jeff Clark had opened the door for the next level of professional big wave surfing. He along with Gary Linden are the two most influential persons in big wave surfing / competitions. Their energies were a flood gate of talent. People from all over the world were planning on surfing this swell. It was right after the 1998 Reef@Todos event at Killers.

L-R: Jonathan Cahill, Kevin Vanderpol, Shawn Alladio and Jeff Clark at Pillar Point

I pulled up at the Mavericks café and was greeted with a lot of love by Jeff and Katherine, many of us had this amazing experience gifted by them. I sat down at a crowded table of strangers and ordered my food.

A man was sitting next to me and I turned to him and I said ‘Hi my name is Shawn who are you?’ He said ‘I am Ken Bradshaw’. I responded back to him, ‘Who is that’? People at the table laughed.

We struck up a conversation while I waited for my food that Katherine prepared for everyone who stepped into her café. When you went there, you knew what to expect and it was usually full of the worlds greatest surfing talent.

This was the second trip taken by Ken Bradshaw to Mavericks. It is now 1998. The last trip, tragically he flew home with his friend Mark Foo’s body back to Hawai’i. Mark had drowned at Mavericks in 1994. They both had flown out together for an epic swell to surf Mavericks for the first time. I was teaching a Rescue Water Craft course to the Newport Beach Lifeguards when the news announced the death of Mark Foo. It was a shock.

They did not get on the plane knowing that only one would return. That is a heavy thought to realize that we may be experiencing our best last moments of life. There is no plan for that. Four years have passed.

Ken was talking with me at Katherine Clark’s café about his last trip at Mavericks, the day his friend Mark died.

This was a sad conversation and it was a private journey as well. He said is was 'hard coming back to Mavericks'. I understand that, as most of us would.

I thought the best action would be to get back into the water and experience a fun day! These kind of moments in our lives are the open doors of healing and a measure of how we face our personal grief. Sometimes there is symbolism in our actions we must face to make peace with the past.

K38 Training at Pillar Point Harbor

I had four WaveRunners, I asked Ken ‘lets go have a fun day, let’s go have some fun’! I said we could ride off to San Francisco and back and race the whole way We could go around the rocks. We could turn off the work, forget about surfing and just have a really fun day. It was cold, and the coffee Katherine made as warm. He agreed enthusiastically and we were planned to head out the next day, I had everything we needed.

The morning arrived, I prepared all our eguipment and we launched at the Pillar Point Harbor boat ramp. It was a beautiful day, the sun was shining the winds were down, there was nobody out. The big swell was a few days away.

Also launching was Frank Quirarte who captured the essence of that day in one photo, of me jumping over a wave at Mavericks. This is my soul flying. It was like a metaphor of life and death.

Shawn's 1st Pro Women's race

Well, I didn’t jump the wave as high as I could. This is the same thing that Jonathan Cahill and I did when we faced 7 waves and headed into the face on them on November 21, 2001 on the 100' foot Wednesday. This is what it looked like, but the drop was 50' instead.

K38 at Mavericks

Knowing how to handle the craft in all conditions is an asset. Also being a freestyle professional in jet ski racing and so on I throttled down. I didn't want to damage the boat, so I landed her soft.

My boats perform a lot of different activities. We use them as race boats in sanctioned events, often combat military veterans would race these same boats we use for rescue. We use them for towsurfing, for course marshalling, for fishing, for rescue and loaned them to many a big wave surfer. I never modified my boats, always kept them stock.

Shawn Alladio IJSBA World Finals Ramp Jump Competition Event

My background is in Jet Ski racing. This is where K38 began in 1979 on stand ups. RWC rescue came from the IJSBA course marshal program, the first organized training. We all had the Jet Ski Fever. (We still do!).

All the technical advantages and mindset determination are the genesis of the Rescue Water Craft courses our students enjoy today. We pushed the throttle, we drove distances, saved lives and live the work, either recreationally or professionally. Yes there is a difference between the two.

Shawn Freeride on a Yamaha Super Jet in the surf

We were ready, a safety briefing, PPE check and we were off! I was happy. Ken and I raced up the coast towards Pacifica at full throttle. We raced back down to Mavericks at full throttle. I showed him how to work around the rocks. We rode until the tanks were empty.

The end of the day. Loaded up the boats, cleaned the gear and headed back to the Mavericks Café to enjoy another meal from Katherine. Ken told me that this experience helped him. It was a transitional moment. It was purposeful.

We smiled.

That is what we do with our Never Quit Challenges. We created endurance hardships to serve our soul.

When your friend dies, or loved one or perhaps a stranger; there are a lot memories and thoughts that rewind our lives back to those indelible moments. We dissect everything we could have done better or differently.

I know that when I went to find my sister’s grave in Los Gatos, I faced this redemption. It was the first time I had seen her grave. I was with her when she was dying when a child many years earlier and I lived with the hole in my heart, I was never able to say goodbye. My mother never wanted her surviving children to be sad so we were not allowed at her grave. I did not go there until 45 years later. My friend Denise Smith went with me. She was my witness of the magnitude of the sadness. It took courage for her to be there and stand in my grief with me. It was not a fun day. Thank you Deniece.

If any of my on-water moments at Mavericks were important, it would have been that day spent with Ken. Ken was able to say goodbye to Mark. The empathy and understanding we have for one another is what shine true. It becomes our compass and reminds us who we should be at all times. Passing through those very private and vulnerable sad moments of our lives are open doors of making peace with the mystery of death.

Mark Foo Memorial at Mavericks

I decided to make a memorial to honor Mark's soul. I brought up 4 Pohakus (volcanic rock from Hawai'i). I carved Mark Foo's name on one rock, and set it at Mavericks beach. It stands as a pillar to his memory and that day of redemption. Chris Bertish was with me for the dedication. We called up Tom Pohaku Stone on the phone in Oah'u and he did a dedication ceremony to bless the spot and purify the pohakus.

I was glad to be a part of the soul of Mavericks. Thank you to Jeff Clark for bringing all of us together through a wave called Mavericks.

It is good.

REFERENCE

Ken at Mavericks wearing my Yamaha Floatcoat. Yeah it was cold!

"KEN BRADSHAW: "I've probably put in 10 sessions or so at Maverick's. I've got boards and wetsuits and a place to stay there; I'm always ready. The reason I haven't been back (since '94) is mostly logistics, but sure, after being there the day Mark died, my motivation was stifled. It just didn't seem as important to go there any more. But it's a great wave, definitely worth pursuing. My whole goal at Maverick's is to do tow-ins there on giant days when the wind's a little wrong and there are no surfers in the water. That's what I really want to do."

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Posted: December 12, 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.

ENDURANCE

FACE THE STORM

When we make a commitment to learning and mentorship, we become members of a team, this is a vital partnership of trust.

This means we acknowledge our developmental intentions and through that we process a unified mutual promise to tell the truth to one another.

The transaction between both parties is mutable; we trust one another with our lives and our reputation, we care about our team.

The promise is to serve others by our learned truths, experiences and failures. It is a bond of accountability and it is vital to trust. Its not easy to tell somebody the truth. It is equally hard to hear the truth because it has to be brought out and discussed.

Usually an uncomfortable experience. If we can endure it, we pass through the fire and are honed on our edges to continue forward. Otherwise we may be set back on our ass again and have to repeat the lessons until we surrender to the message or methods.

Yet, the message needs to be practical as well on common ground.

You cannot run away from a commitment, if you do you cannot hear the truth. If we are unable to hear truth, we suffer a reckless and negligent future. Some good advice is to face the storm and endure it.

These are the things in training and on teams that has to be based on truth, and we cannot turn away from that. The truth will still have to be dealt with.

As we progress in our commitments, we strive to become more resilient, wiser and capable and this is why we take an oath, make an agreement and sign our contract which becomes our qualification.

This is all about serving a higher order rather than our pride and ego. Its about the mutual composition between service and recipient. It is a sacred trust. This is the agreement of truth. You ask for help, you give help, we do not devalue a commitment and we do not excuse our responsibility.

When you can trust, you can tell the truth.

Remember to face the storm, there is always a surety of calm that follows. This is the rejuvenation of influence, comprehension, understanding and forgiveness.

Remember to forgive yourself (and others) and give yourself permission to succeed.

If you can figure this out and work with others through honesty, you can and will change the world.

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Posted: October 6, 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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TRAIN THE BRAIN!

TRAIN THE BRAIN

We are trying to decide what kind of instructor we will be. Perhaps you are trying to decide what kind of Operator or Coxswain you will be?

With that question what is your purpose for others. They come to you for this answer. Survivors depend on you, have you forgotten them?

What does it mean to be a good Operator or Coxswain?

You can argue the details but cannot argue an acceptable standard.

There are subsets to being good or competent. It requires an abstract composition of functional roles base on behaviors and resulting actions.

These are measurable and determinable.

One step at a time. Then follow a sequence in a process of a pattern. Review be critical of your actions. Review.

Train your brain!
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Posted: October 1, 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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Gulf Livestock 1 – SAVE THE FORTY!

Join the world's largest digital Search and Rescue Team

SAVE THE FORTY!

Become a Save The Forty Teammate today! Use the Profile Image on your Facebook page profile to bring awareness to this lifesaving mission you are a part of!

On August 14, 2020 the Gulf Lifestock 1 departed from New Zealand heading for China. The livestock ship encountered heavy seas due to Typhoon Maysak. A distress signal was sent at 1:20am in the morning on September 2, 2020, as the ship had been taking on water and soon sunk forcing the men into life rafts.
Two survivors were found and a deceased shipmate sadly was recovered. We believe there is hope of rescue of the forty remaining survivors. But we need your help!

Like the Facebook page: Gulf Livestock 1 Volunteer SAR group

They are out there. They need your faith, encouragement and support and so do their families.

Please join the worlds largest Search and Rescue Mission. Get your friends involved, share the posts, engage and let’s bring the men home to their families! We can do this with your help, you can make miracles happen.

Get on the Save The Forty SAR team today! What can you do? Like the Save the Forty Facebook page. Sign up your crowd sourcing volunteer work. Help us track fraudulent fundraisers and support the legitimate ones!

If you are a resourceful person, share to other groups, The 40 shipmates need search and rescue members who can help this mission go viral and gain new members. The 40 needs you to share posts, ideas and follow through with leads.

Please use these hashtags:
#SAVETHEFORTY #GL1 #GULFLIVESTOCK1 #SearchandRescue #Crowdsourcing #Volunteer #ResumeSAR #SOS

Join the private group: Volunteer Search and Rescue Group for Gulf Livestock 1

Sign the Petition: https://www.change.org/p/australian-department-of-foreign-affairs-resume-the-search-for-gulf-livestock-1-survivors/u/27699571?cs_tk=AsuUT7aqG2QSBM73Xl8AAXicyyvNyQEABF8BvPRQFWCmpSn2PWFby8ATLhM%3D&utm_campaign=f8327086f6c24a3cbd014e8df5e1df51&utm_content=initial_v0_4_0&utm_medium=email&utm_source=petition_update&utm_term=cs&fbclid=IwAR2RixrBP-mTfdThQ_VPQlytZvD4WH_SW6Nk5MAMoYtsUyGcEVEXWVRoYkQ

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Posted: September 12, 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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

WHAT MAKES A GOOD COXSWAIN?

A highly trained one. Why?

A complex question cannot take one minute or one sentence structure to placate the format of thought that would not entertain a necessary discussion. The discussion must be productive.

It requires a CON-versation. If people are satisfied with a quick answer, they are the problem. They encourage mishaps. They most likely defend them. These are called excuses.

What is worthy discussion is the proper formulation to a rule, getting to the ‘devil in the details'. It is called conscious. That is our active and aware internal warning system that alerts us what we should not do.

This is a warning, its internal and its sacred. This is what keeps people alive under pressures unknown.

Precisely the determination in a moment facing death, mortality, not existing, can be held within a fraction of a second decision.

What was it in me that caused me to ride head on into a mountain of a moving wall of ocean water, instead of turning and running in panic? And not one wave, but a train of waves out to sea on a very small power boat, which makes no sense.
I made a decision based off of a bevy of input that was manifest inside me through hard work, attending to the details and listening to God. That internal guide of life, the miracles we cannot explain.

There is an answer to this. It’s not the one people want to hear.

What does highly trained offer to the profound listener? They know what is coming. They can anticipate the situation unfolding in front of them and they understand what their positioning should be in advance.

This is become they do not lack the know-how. It is understood that those who cannot handle effectively the risks, known or unknown are behind the curve of anticipation. They are delayed, waiting for something to happen to face it and apply facts. Underway you have to be 3 steps ahead, not 6 steps behind. This is not complex reasoning, its common sense.

The potential of what we are hunting is to secure a future experience of a conscious goal we want to attain. If that goal is haphazard, a poor imitation or an apprehension of reality, the selection will actualize in a terrible result. This is a strong possibility.

If the actual experience is not realized as a successful mission, the preparation was wrong. This must be attended to; it is called remedial action. The problem is this type of person is already dangerous.

They have no platform of realistic measures versus a potential never realized. This is the trap. They put the past forward of the future and reward mishaps, don’t accept or realize the poor choices.

There is an ethical argument regarding these kinds of choices, these poor performers, these haphazard programs. The safety of the program is held hostage in the actions of the program. If they don’t exist, it will be easy to see in truth.

We’ve attained enough historical evidence to see this as a pandemic of neglect instead of an encounter of Watermanship behaviors.

THE VALUE OF EDUCATION IS CONVINCING

The problem is the handlers of the boat or the program are not good. Our goal is to create that which is good, that means we are accountable.

The pressures, risks and demands are not on the boat. Those who earned it by vetting, are. They don’t operate under a lie. It requires effort, dedication and study. Study in the books, and study on the water; study of the craft.

They are not learning it be trying to recreate it. Mishaps are not glorified as capability, but admonished as failure.

They don’t think that free is full steam ahead. They invest in their behavioral learning.

Knowing that the process of acquisition of knowledge is the way.

What does ALL OF THIS MEAN?

Our training decisions have to be right.

Or our field decisions will be wrong.

When people want a free, fast, short answer, it’s precisely the time to get away from them. Don’t let them on your boat and do not go on the water with them. Stop the harm.

Encourage them to get properly trained and engage in the boating education process. Nobody can help a broken ego fix itself, but you can protect your own by ethical choices.

Start thinking and performing on a level that your operational choices can transform Watermanship as an actual function and represent our community instead of harming it.

Instead of being tempted to make horrific mistakes, understand that you control the helm.

The boat does not hit the rock, capsize or lose control.

And here we have the truth of our choices, what we select is our responsibility. It is not potential; it is what we did right from the start.

Faithfully yours,

Shawn

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Posted: July 17, 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.

GET INTO THE CONVERSATION

WARES = Water Rescue Education

WARES is an ethical and altruistic movement to evolve water rescue worldwide.

WARES is a collaboration of fact-based evidence shared in the spirit of cooperation.

Sourced by those who are doing the job. This is not a strategy to train but to share crowd sourced educational and operational evidence from those who are on the water, on the boat, the survivors, and the stories of those who perished.

What went wrong, marginal or succeeded during incidents?
What Personal Protective Equipment has proven its merit? What needs to be adjusted or adopted?

WARES is the virtual proof from the results of a variety of responses from mutual aid public safety agency professionals to the volunteer or professional guide.

Every incident offers insight, wisdom and takebacks.

Many are manifest in the absolutes learned of accidents and injuries. What equipment was broke or damaged, how did it happen, was it preventable?

The results of poor behaviors and selection in the field or the quick and vetted maneuvers that proved worthy, we need to not lose these lessons, but pay close attention.

STAY STEADY

It is a contextual sourcing of global supporters who are ready to move ahead. Those stalwarts who believe in the ethos and risks entrusted to those who work the frontlines at the edge of a continent, the shore, aerial deliveries, the boat, the swimmer stroke.

We have CONversations which result in solutions, not repeated mishaps. We are not looking to reward the accident and excuse the lesson.

From those whom are at the helm. Join the movement, join the CONversation.
Hashtag #WARESed

WATERRESCUECON
A curated convention sourced around water rescue conversations brought to you by the minds and creators of rescue water craft safety and water rescue disciplines of a variety of educational outlets. This is our cultural world fairground for our future, our public need and for preservation of life, including our own.

WaterRescueCon is programmed for you to be a participant, it is like not like past, it is a stand-alone modern experience. Hashtag #WaterRescueCON

Faithfully yours,

Shawn Alladio & K38

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Posted: April 10, 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: 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.

Change is You

It's not spare change!

Change is the only way out of a dead end.

You are the word.

You are the change.

Be sure you imitate through scrutiny and not on your own.

You can't fake it till you make it.

Study and be genuine.

Because you matter.

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Be a contributor to our maritime culture by leading the way, all the way around the world.

The time is now.

Faithfully yours,

Shawn Alladio & K38

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Posted: April 10, 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: 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.