HOW MUCH DOES A SEARCH COST?

Big Crow Island, New York

How much does a search cost? How do people put themselves in these situations?

Easy to answer that - they never think it will happen to them. Then it does.

Incident date: July 10, 2019

Yes, we make mistakes. We know that. So what are you willing to do about that? Make another mistake and another?

The warning signals are flashed all over the media, but we have folks who ignore the call to action.

Seriously now, you don't want to be embarrassed or stress your loved ones out do you? Of course not!

Then prepare to stay out of the headlines and police reports.

These incidents happen for a number of reasons such as:

1. Poor preventative maintenance and inspection
2. Poor communication with family or friends on land
3. No functioning electronic communication devices
4. Unfamiliarity with the areas recreating
5. Unfamiliar with risk associated with decisions (no thinking of the worse case situation)
6. Not check the fuel level or riding distances
7. Running aground due to low visibility or not checking the tides
8. Not checking the National Weather Service or monitoring the channel underway for alerts

Naussau County police and mutual aid agencies rescued a stranded Jet Ski from the marshes Wednesday night, south of Merrick, in Merrick Bay.

A distress call was received about 8:45 pm and multiple fire departments including Merrick Fire Department responded for the search and rescue. The Jetskier was missing and his boat was unaccounted for and it was getting dark.

Merrick Fire Department Marine 1 had been searching with other agencies for nearly 2 hours. Their personnel heard a faint whistle blowing north of their location.

The three Marine 1 crew members confirmed this was a distress signal. They pointed out the area the sound was traveling from. If not for these alert crew members the outcome for this PWC operator could have been much different.

NCPD Marine 11 was notified and the NCPD helicopter flew to conduct the aerial search in the direction.

1. Nassau County Police, 7th Precinct
2. NCPD - Marine Bureau
3. Nassau Police - Aviation Bureau
4. United States Coast Guard Station Jones Beach
5. Wantagh Fire Department
6. Freeport Fire Department

ONE IS NONE

Shortly thereafter the Nassau Police helicopter located the missing person in the marsh on Big Crow Island, he was recovered and taken to Wantagh Park.

The Personal Water Craft Operator refused medical attention.

This was a significant mutual aid call-out requiring multiple assets to determine the location of the survivor.

Calls at night in remote areas such as this type of terrain are not always easy to access. There may be safety limitations placed on responders to make contact. Night operations are an entirely higher level of risk for responders.

BE THE ONE WHO HAS PREPARED

This Personal Water Craft operator and all others need to take heed to the lessons learned here. This incident should not be repeated but used as a case example for personal safety and preservation of life.

1. Bring a Marine VHF radio and have it connected to your lifejacket
2. Use a tracking device such as SPOT or inReach. Buy the Search and Rescue insurance. These have built in
GPS
3. File a float plan!
4. Make sure you are familiar with the area of operation
5. Do not operate 30 minutes prior to sunset, night riding is illegal and if you get into trouble you just
complicated your survival rate drastically due to exposure and low visibility
6. Do not ride alone! One is None!
7. Attach a high pitch whistle to your lifejacket strap. That is exactly what saved this individual, but the
search time could have been limited by better preparation of the Operator.
8. Carry on board all the Federal, State required or suggested signaling devices:
• Handheld Flare
• Electronic Flare
• Smoke Flare
• Water Whistle
• Signaling mirror
• Fog horn aerosol can
• Stowage protective case

Do not rely on a cell phone. You may drop it overboard, get it wet or the battery will fail, this is not your first choice for communication, but a Marine Band radio set to Channel 16 is!

If we count all the individuals involved from multi agency support through the command we are looking at over 100 trained persons having influenced this recovery to some degree. Not to mention the millions of dollars in assets used. We are thankful to have outstanding support from departments such as these.

But it is a relationship. The recreational boater needs to take responsibility for their choices.

Everyone must be prepared. If you are not prepared, don't launch.

There is no exception and no excuse to entertain.

You are 100% responsible for everything that takes place once you launch your Personal Water Craft.

Research your boating laws, don’t just take a course, make your behavior part of lifesaving.

How much is your life worth?

A whistle? You bet it is!

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Posted: July 11, 2019

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

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PREVENT ILLNESS

COVER UP

DO NOT EXPOSE SKIN

We work in a water world and its rift with hazards and dangers. Many of these are obvious, from predators to inclement weather and dangerous water conditions. We cannot protect ourselves from everything that is possible or probable, otherwise nobody would ever enter the water, yet we go to help others and assume that risk.

Our skin becomes soft and easy to chafe from friction on the seat or re-boarding, with the physical load of being a Rescue Water Craft Coxswain or crew member we require full protection for personal safety. It's really a 'no brainer'. Cover up so you can reduce the risk of abrasion or lacerations.

We need to know what we are dealing with and understand the things we can do to mitigate the risk measures that are in our control. Take care of your personal protective equipment!

K38 requires that students come to class prepared with their Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). This means full coverage to protect their body from scrapes and cuts. We do not allow board shorts, or students who are barefoot.

We know waterways are contaminated after rainfall when counties issue health alerts. These alerts are directed to microorganisms called pathogens.

Exposure to sewage-polluted water is the most common source of illness in recreational water users, even swallowing a small amount may induce sickness. Sewage makes its way to waterways most commonly through sewage overflows, polluted storm water urban runoff, malfunctions in treatment plants, boating waste, and septic systems malfunctions.

This is why we hear the recommendation to avoid contact with waterways for 72 hours after a rain event, especially near a storm water drain. Seventy-two hours is used as a general rule because natural processes help return bacteria levels to normal during this time period.

Ocean currents play an important role by diluting and dispersing stormwater runoff, which is why elevated bacteria levels can remain persistent at enclosed beaches with little circulation.

However, as RWC first responders we do not always have a choice when the call comes to deploy for a mission. We are boat based, but we can be splashed by water and maintain water contact. But we do have a choice in maintaining our personal protective equipment and ensuring it is ready to go.

ILLNESSES
We have all had one or several of these throughout our career. None of us have come out of the water without some kind of impact. It could be as simple as not cleaning your PPE and allowing an environmental for bacteria to breed.

They are a wide range of non-enteric and enteric illnesses. The most common is gastrointestinal illness (AGI).

These symptoms include vomiting, diarrhea, nausea, fever and stomachache. Different types of polluted water pathogens such as viruses, protozoa and bacteria can cause serious infectious disease of AGI
Non-enteric illnesses include ear, eyes, nose, and throat infections

Some of the most common bacteria causing soft tissue infection after water exposure include Aeromonas species, Edwardsiella tarda, Erysipelothrix spp., Vibrio vulnificus and Mycobacterium marinum. But that is not all, we have unknown or unseen pollution to contend with.

A Streptococcus (GAS) bacteria
Group A streptococcus (GAS) is a bacterium that is often found in the throat and on the skin of people. GAS is most often associated with “strep throat” and impetigo (blisters on the skin). On rare occasions, GAS can cause severe, life-threatening illness like toxic shock syndrome and necrotizing fasciitis (flesh eating disease).

Sometimes described as "the flesh-eating bacteria"

Staphylococcus (or "staph") Bacteria
Staph is resident flora of the human skin, meaning that it normally resides on the skin but does not cause disease. Staph is a gram-positive bacterium that can enter the body through cuts, abrasions, or by coming in contact with the mucous membranes of the nose, eyes, and nostrils causing disease and infection.

The infection often begins with a little cut, which gets infected with bacteria. This can look like honey-yellow crusting on the skin.

These staph infections range from a simple boil to antibiotic-resistant infections to flesh-eating infections.

The difference between all these is the strength of the infection, how deep it goes, how fast it spreads, and how treatable it is with antibiotics. The antibiotic-resistant infections are more common in North America, because of our overuse of antibiotics.

LEGIONELLA

The deadly bacteria species, legionella, thrives in the mist of warm freshwaters and enters the lungs when tiny legionella-containing water droplets are inhaled. It is most often found in public spas, hot springs, rivers, and lakes, but outbreaks have occurred at beach shower facilities.

Cellulitis
One type of staph infection that involves skin is called cellulitis and affects the skin's deeper layers. It is treatable with antibiotics.

The signs of cellulitis are those of any inflammation -- redness, warmth, swelling, and pain. Any skin sore or ulcer that has these signs may be developing cellulitis. If the staph infection spreads, the person may develop a fever, sometimes with chills and sweats, as well as swelling in the area.

Infection-producing germs that can lurk in water include Pseudomonas aeruginosa, which causes swimmer's ear (an infection of the outer ear canal, known medically as otitis externa) and skin rash (dermatitis). Others include cryptosporidium, Giardia lamblia, shigella, and E. coli, which can cause diarrhea.

Diarrhea may occur when contaminated water is swallowed and driven into the mouth or nose. (do not swallow water)

What is Vibrio vulnificus?

Vibrio vulnificus is a bacterium that normally lives in warm seawater and is part of a group of vibrios’ that are called "halophilic" because they require salt.

How do persons get infected with Vibrio vulnificus?

People can get infected with Vibrio vulnificus when they eat raw shellfish, particularly oysters. Occurring naturally in the warm coastal waters, particularly during the summer months, Vibrio vulnificus has the potential to cause serious illness.

Persons who have wounds, cuts or scratches and wade in estuary areas or seawater where the bacteria might be present can become ill. There is no evidence of person-to-person transmission of Vibrio vulnificus.

What type of illness does Vibrio vulnificus cause?

Symptoms of Vibrio vulnificus in wound infections typically include swelling, pain and redness at the wound site. Other symptoms of Vibrio vulnificus infection include; nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, diarrhea, fever, chills and the formation of blistering skin lesions.

Individuals experiencing these symptoms should contact a physician immediately for diagnosis and treatment.

ERYSIPELAS
Erysipelas is a bacterial infection that occurs in the top two layers of skin. It is also commonly referred to as St. Anthony's Fire because it can be very painful and cause an intense, burning sensation.

Erysipelas is similar to cellulitis but affects different skin layers. Streptococcus is the usual culprit.

With erysipelas, the skin infection is usually very red and swollen, and there will be a sharply defined border between the normal and infected skin tissue.

FOLLICULITIIS
Folliculitis is a relatively common infection of the hair follicles. It may be caused by bacteria and fungus and is characterized by tiny, red bumps that are filled with pus.

BLADDER INFECTION

A bladder infection is a type of urinary tract infection (UTI). This refers to an infection anywhere in the urinary tract, such as the bladder, kidneys, ureters, or urethra.

Most cases of bladder infections are acute, meaning they occur suddenly. Other cases may be chronic, meaning they recur over the long term. Early treatment is key to preventing the spread of the infection.

What causes a bladder infection?
Bacteria that enter through the urethra and move into the bladder cause bladder infections. Normally, the body removes the bacteria by flushing them out during urination.

Bacteria can sometimes attach to the walls of the bladder and multiply quickly. This overwhelms the body’s ability to destroy them, resulting in a bladder infection.

INFECTIONS

According to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), most bladder infections are caused by Escherichia coli (E. coli). This type of bacteria is naturally present in the large intestines.

An infection can occur when bacteria from the stool get onto the skin and enter the urethra. In women, the urethra is short and the outside opening is not far from the anus, so bacteria can easily move from one body system to another.

Cuts, Scrapes or lacerations

• Wear a full personal protective equipment that is properly sized, cleaned, fitted and no tears or holes
• Clean lacerations immediately
• Use good hygiene
• Wash you hands with warm water and mild soap and rinse with water after changing a wound bandage
• Use waterproof bandages for cuts and scrapes larger than the damage area, replace as needed
• Avoid touching other people’s wounds
• Don’t share razors, toothbrush or other personal items
• Use clean towels, bedding and clothing.
• Shower after each training session, scrub and clean skin, hair and under fingernails/toenails
• Clean your booties, wetsuits gloves and gear after every use
• Contact your doctor immediately if you have a skin, nasal, eye, ear or respiratory infection
• Be aware of alerts or advisories and monitor the weather in your area of operation.
• Do not train or be in the water with any open wound or scrape

Suggested Cleaning Agents
(please consult with your personal doctor, conduct your own research)

1. Water & soap
2. Vinegar
3. Bleach solution diluted 10:1
4. Isopropyl Alcohol
5. Antibiotic ointment and fresh bandages
6. Hydrogen Peroxide (sometimes not recommended for wound care)
7. Iodine
8. Colloidal Silver
9. Oregano Oil

Investigate the products listed above. See if they apply to you and how you would incorporate them or not. Safety is a behavior and its a huge responsibility. We need to look out for ourselves first.

This is a justification to clean out the bilge and wash down the craft. We cannot fully decontaminate a boat due to the foam and rubber components, but we can maintain a clean vessel and a dry bilge and make sure our PPE is ready for us to wear.

Our personal health and safety matters, so don't delay to conduct your research. Now is the time, don't wait until after the fact.

Reference:
https://www.cdc.gov/healthywater/swimming/swimmers/rwi.html

https://www.ninds.nih.gov/Disorders/Patient-Caregiver-Education/Fact-Sheets/Meningitis-and-Encephalitis-Fact-Sheet

https://pubs.usgs.gov/circ/1981/0848d/report.pdf

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Posted: June 30, 2019

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

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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.

ARE YOU TRAINABLE?

Not All Knowledge is Equal

"The blind leading the blind" is an idiom and a metaphor in the form of a parallel phrase.

It is used to describe a situation where a person who knows nothing is getting advice and help from another person who knows almost nothing.

It can be traced back to the Upanishads, which were written between 800 BCE and 200 BCE.

This is not just ancient wisdom it is wisdom of the moment.

If someone can be honest with you and tell you that your Rescue Water Craft operations are harmful and wrong. You need to listen and be quiet until they have finished explaining the reasons why.

And if you shut up and listen to them, you can figure out that you are wrong and you won’t be corrected anymore, you will correct yourself.

LISTEN AND LEARN

When you can start asking questions of your actions and utility, you will be trainable. You will succeed.

A person who tells you directly that you are causing harm and can explain it with precision and evidence, you have been given a tremendous gift. Be quiet and listen. Don’t give any excuses!

When you start to think properly and with a safety mindset, you will start to learn about the things you don’t know about. You can exit stupidity and you can become distinctive in thriving functionality! Who wouldn’t want that?

Those who do not care about you want you to fail. Why would you allow them to abuse your potential?

Those who tell you what you need to hear care greatly about you. They are standing up for you.

Listen to them.

KEEP ASKING QUESTIONS

Those who tell you that you are doing well when you are failing, their motive is to cause you from succeeding.

Redeem yourself from their audience, get away from them, you deserve better.

If something doesn’t seem right, question it, don’t stop questioning until you discover the end of the answer, the root and the genesis.

Mistakes are a given, ignorance is a given, there are things that you can do that will allow you to succeed on a level of competence you will be stunned to discover!

Detail the expertise you seek.

You can start with something as simple as one item you use: Inspect your engine cut off switch.

Have you done that yet? Do you know what you are looking for? Do you have an annual inspection requirement and inspection lists you manage? Is this a positive habit of yours or do you neglect it?

If you neglect the simple safety measures, you will not be able to see the accident ahead of you.

If you answered no to all of these or one of these its time to start planning for your future success!
It begins with listening.

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Posted: June 12, 2019

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

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Have any questions? Join the Rescue Water Craft Association
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ONE IS NONE

Winning is Better than Losing

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

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

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

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

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

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

PRUDENT MARINER

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

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

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

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

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

Mentorship is Security

What can you do? What can they do?

The first place is to seek a boater education.

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

Find a competent mentor and listen to them.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Posted: June 12, 2019

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

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

SAFETY MATTERS BECAUSE IT STANDS FOR SOMETHING

THEORY EXCUSE FOR EGO

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

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

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

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

PRUDENT MARINER

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

Criticism is not negative, in fact its necessity.

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

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

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

CONSTRUCTIVE CRITICISM IS NOT BLAME

Constructive criticism is the fast track to success!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

In fact, imagine how fast your increase will be!

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

Be very hungry and ask for a review!

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Posted: June 12, 2019

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

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

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

What it Means to be a Rescue Water Craft Coxswain

RESPONSIBILITY IS MEANING

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

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

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

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

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

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

PRUDENT MARINER

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

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

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

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

To not cause harm and to come home safe.

To be physical fit and mentally strong.

To be a diligent critical thinker.

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

STRUCTURE OF REALITY

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

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

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Posted: June 10, 2019

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

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

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

SET A NEW LIMIT

CONCEPTUAL SCHEMES OF LEARNING

You've done a lot of difficult things in your Rescue Water Craft career. Have you gotten comfortable? Did you arrive at a level that you set as your baseline or have you driven to another level?

Wherever you last landed, its time to get traction going again. We must continue our education to avoid catastrophe in the field.

Remember, your training is not just about you, its your crew and the survivors, you are working for a lot of people who are depending upon your expertise and mental execution of critical decisions. This means you need to keep honing your skills.

PRUDENT MARINER

We cannot control the weather or the water conditions. However we can control ourselves. When we know where our capabilities last rested, we can appreciate that we are capable of much more!

Do you have a perception or a conceptual idea of what you limit is? Trust me, there is more. Perhaps you are too comfortable and
you haven't taken time to stay updated. There is nothing worse than to close the book and forget what you learned.

Pull out your training notes and review them.
Watch your training videos and look for the useless points of action and signal the highlights of potential.

STRUCTURE OF REALITY

There is so much opportunity in your potential. Don't restrict progress by being comfortable. Remain unreasonable and open up the Owner's Manual or get the Rescue Water Craft splashed and go over your basic fundamentals.

You are not what you could be as a Coxswain. Make a commitment to attain a new ideal, a new level!

Don't fall backwards, get back in the race and put the pedal to the metal and get your knowledge base going again!
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Posted: May 1, 2019

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

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

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

LIVE LIKE YOUR HERO

LEGITIMACY

You are that person, its a legitimate potential of chaos and risk, and we want to come home and that is reliant on all our decisions in actuality.

Live like your hero or die a zero, cute sentence right? Could be true for some who have lost their life because one important action was missing from their behaviors underway.

We help each other when we help ourselves, we hold ourselves responsible and its an indication that we are the stewards that transform the risk of life lost to the recovery of life, and they are people, real like you and I. We are them and they are us.

We don't want you to suffer the neglect of an incomplete behavior or program. We care and our partners care. That is why we are in business and its a reflection of our mission.

Restrain your emotions and upgrade your professionalism. Yes this is important and its not just chatter.

Digital communication has evolved and we have adjusted, we must consider the objectives of digital influence. The competitiveness of attention online is a cycle of weakness.

The cycle of seeking likes and an audience we need to be cautious, publishing misleading content is not to be rewarded.

We need to triumph the negotiation of will that works diligently towards not causing harm.

We cannot afford a mishap the same as we cannot afford an unreputable post. It is your role to judge and decipher competency, this requires effort and investigation.

TAKE ACTION

Our communication and connectivity is greatly impacted by social media. We communicate in forums, private messages and groups. We confront publicly or privately the world we work in and how we want to transform deadly potentials into safe practices.

We have all made mistakes, we hold ourselves accountability because we believe we are the steward of this sacred trust. We have a huge responsibility, its a significant burden in fact. Let's make our digital footprint one of validity, valor and encouragement of safe practices.

How can you live like your Hero? Most of our outreach is conducted on social media. You can be a digital hero or a zero, ensure that your posts are clearly stated and that if you are presenting an argument, be prepared to have a solution.

If the photo or video shows behaviors that are skeptical, move on.

Think about what you are posting.

1. Is this your current knowledge level
2. Have you seen other practices that may challenge it
3. Have you researched the difference and made a conclusion on which direction to follow?

If they are not representing safe practices, move on. If they are not showing boating navigation rules properly, move on. If they are sensationalizing and hyping up dangerous and negligent operations, move on.

THINGS HAVE TO MAKE SENSE

There has to be meaning in our shares, this is how we can sustain our maritime community. We do need to challenge and discuss pertinent information. It should not be impulsive and narrow but by taking on the high end of responsibility and then you have a reason to question motives and results. You become a credit to yourself and our community, and we need you!

Digital conflict is real, and sometimes its not sufficient and lacks the next step and can be misinterpreted. Make sure you outline that and explain it in your descriptive field.

Professionalism will place their name on their work, their articles will be consistent and well sourced. Follow these people. Use your tools for searches.

Many online pages are stealing content, altering the original presentation and altering it for dramatization and likes. Be careful if you repost these type of images. Take responsibility for your choices, its going to take you time, yes, but you may be a leader that is needed now and people are listening!

Think before you share information that is misinformation, be the solution. Lives depend upon it!

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Posted: April 28, 2019

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Content Creator: Shawn Alladio 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.

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.

THE TRUTH OF PROGESSION

PROFESSIONALISM IS A BEHAVIOR

The truth of progression lies in our choices regarding education. The educational abilities are going to become our actions.

Our behaviors as professionals are storied in the prevention of accidents, drowning or deaths. Its a huge responsibility and requires serious dynamics of time and focus.

How do we determine fake news and fake programs? They should be vested in a credible resource that has vetted the program and pitted it against USCG boating rules to start with.

Does the program have meaning?

Does the program represent the equipment manufacturer recommendations and inspections?

As a subject matter expert who created the RWC and night qualification programming I have seen very few programs that thrive. Most of them are moving towards something unreliable. This is not optional.

Their program goals are misaligned. That means they don't have their fundamentals clearly aligned with seamanship skills.

We see this often in digital media presentations.

TAKE ACTION

What can you do regarding fake Maritime news and unsafe practices?

1. Take Responsibility and be Skeptical: Safety is a behavior, it is not a ‘click’ or a retweet or a repost!

2. Who is the Poster? Do they have 10 or 20 years of expertise on the subject? Do you see a red flag?

MEDIA OUTLETS DO NOT REPRESENT OUR COMMUNITY

When you read an online article, use discernment and realize most of the content may be patched or haphazard. Many use stock images that do not relate to the incident or craft design. Their terminology may be wrong. If you give an interview ask them to allow you to proof it first for release, or decline the invitation:

Research the Presented Content: Discover the factual evidence. Use google to put in key words, then see how many similar stories are discovered and do they align and are they reputable sources? Who is the original source? Search google images, videos and text. Is the content original or pirated? This undermines our professionalism with false data.

What Does the Evidence State? When you stop at a meme, photo or mishap video, open up tabs on the browsers and start reading and reviewing the presented content. Is it professional? Research and determine if the source is credible and its presenting a 100% solution to their viewership. Otherwise you are the problem in partnership with their unreliable marketing goals.

THINGS HAVE TO MAKE SENSE

We have to be able to negotiate our boating safety practices and protect our seamanship skills.

They have to make sense. This means you must be a boater first and a rescuer second, its not the other way around!

There are no shortcuts for water rescue teams, when you incorporate a Rescue Water Craft, you now have a marine unit. The rules change and you cannot dumb them down, in fact you need to ramp up your game! These are not toys, they are serious power craft.

Accidents should not represent our maritime community, competency should! No person who creates a mishap should be called a hero, nor lauded as competent, instead urge them to understand the risk better and to resist dumbing down the reality.

Lifesaving depends upon professional behaviors and actions, anything else is deadly, dangerous, negligent, or bearing on gross negligence.

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Posted: April 28, 2019

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Content Creator: Shawn Alladio 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.

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.

NOT THE STATUS QUO

PROFESSIONAL SAFETY FACT CHECK

Gatekeepers are gone, they have been taken out by the twitter mobs.

Become a digital gatekeeper. How do you do this?

By understanding our human nature and resist the bias and increase the social need of protecting the culture of safety, not just clicking on the mishaps and attacking the viewer…...what is missing?

Answer: Constructive critiques and activity that is competent, reliable and factual.

Whom is benefiting? The common culprits are twofold:

1. PWC Operators who are not qualified Rescue Water Craft Coxswains or competent Instructors

2. Action Sport Companies, Media or Sponsors

SPEAK UP

Action sports media and sponsors benefit by selling the mishaps and sensationalizing the drama. These illustrations dumb down our maritime heritage.

One of the main culprits is the ‘big wave surfing’ community and their self-appointed water safety members whom by and large and not representing boating safety. Many self-appointed operators are causing repetitive mishaps and focusing solely on the negative drama for attention. They lack the acumen of fundamental boating safety to determine that they are at risk, and that this is a high risk boating activity.

They are funded by major corporations that broadcast these embarrassing boating mishaps at the exclusion of the performance of the athletes involved. This also holds the professional development of incredible water activities hostage by diverting the athletic scope and determination by dumbing the activity down to sensationalism in the hope that a PWC being demolished by poor Operator decisions in a big wave locale and selling the likes as an advertising platform.

The good news is they can change. But they have to admit their mishaps are not beneficial, until then we hope they do not kill themselves or the athletes involved and can find humility to get properly trained.

HOLD YOURSELF RESPONSIBLE

Mishaps that occur with operators of this type should not be lauded, but directed to undertake proper boating safety and training to be qualified so their goal is to reduce the mishaps.

Its called “Risk Assessment’. Which leads to: Risk Management. Which leads to ‘Risk Mitigation’. Which is first determined in a competent boating education program. They may use these words boldly like a sheep in wolf clothes but do not understand the catastrophe of their actions.

If a mishap occurs an After Action Report of the mishap would determine the flaws and pitfalls of operations and the Decisions Making Process.

While many of these big wave operators use these words carelessly they do not understand how or why risk is managed, reduced, transferred or monitored underway. The video results speak in volumes. This is not what represents a competent boating program, nor our maritime community.

Resist sharing mishaps unless you use these reckless operations as a tutorial for boating safety education on ‘what no to do.’.

Be skeptical of the visuals and do not share if they are sensationalizing instead of educating. It’s that simple. By doing this you also guide these operators away from trending mishaps through drama and impress upon them that their lives and reputation actually matter!
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Published: April 28, 2019

Have any questions? Join the Rescue Water Craft Association
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Content Creator: Shawn Alladio 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.

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.