I have been operating a Personal Water Craft for over 40 years now. I still do not know enough. I study every day.
I am considered the world's foremost authority on Rescue Water Craft training and operations.
I research every day. I have much I want to learn. I am a student.
Let us discuss the value of a Certificate or a qualification!
How old is your certificate?
If it is older than three years you are outdated and need to get back into a training course.
Rescue Water Craft (RWC) operations are continually evolving. So is the equipment and laws. You do not want your performance to lag behind.
Most importantly the knowledge increases daily and so must you.
Ask me how I know?
If you are relying on your certificate, that is not good enough.
Your certificate is where you begin.
Everyday I see opportunity to learn. I am not comfortable with my knowledge. I need to know more.
I want to be a good mariner.
To be a professional mariner requires more than a certificate. It requires your truest humility and respect.
If you have been operating your RWC and you have had a recurring thought that perhaps something you are doing is not right, then you need to do something about that.
You need to question your risk. Do not have blind faith. Truth will set you free and support your reputation. We create our accidents.
We damage our boats. They do not damage themselves! We need to take responsibility for this and fix any problems we create.
HUMILITY IS STRENGTH
If you are afraid of asking a question, get over your fear and ask for help.
I ask for help every single day. This is where my strength lies.
If you have a question, you can ask it in the K38 Facebook group. Every question will be answered in good faith.
There are no stupid questions, only honorable ones, so do not be shy.
We have all different kinds of Operators and skill levels here. We will help one another.
We are not competitive against one another, that is not K38.
K38 is community, not division. K38 is not negative, we are helpful. We realize we owe our ancestors respect and to honor their knowledge we share what we know.
So, do not think a certificate means you are better or have something special, you are learning. I am learning. Together we are strong. Divided we damage our Rescue Water Craft community.
Seven - 'I' - Answers:
1. I hope you enjoyed this discussion.
2. I am happy to share my thoughts and knowledge with you.
3. I want you to be strong and safe.
4. I hope that you do not have an accident.
5. I would like to see your reputation grow.
6. I would appreciate it if you would support us in protecting mariner skills.
7. I hope you will do everything you can to protect good seamanship skills.
Let's do this!
Shawn / Team
Posted: August 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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