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.


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,



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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