Doing what everyone else does, does not always mean that things are moving forward.
Bound by our former traditions we must adhere to a mindset of updating those traditions and be bound to ‘moving forward’.
There are a lot of incompatible versions that were created two decades ago and worked fine then, but the craft have changed!
We have to be judicious in updating our knowledge base.
This is why Certification for qualified Coxswains is based on a 3 year tenure. There is a lot that changes in those three years! You can tell this looking at your 6 year old child who is now 9.
Experience is a continuum.
To increase potential and safety, our operational facts must be translated or transferred into values. This is to be protected by standards which are laws or rules of engagement.
It takes all those thousands of facts and translated them into inherent values. There is not one, is is a complication of the following:
1. Water and Weather
2. Type of Rescue Water Craft
3. Maturity and Learning level of Coxswain and Crew
4. Program development AND management
5. Review of mishaps
6. Training with purpose
This collaboration of needs is to create a rationality of what needs to be represented in the program itself to sustain it.
Training allows Coxswains and crew to decipher the responsibilities and apply it to the ‘decision in action’.
Otherwise it’s a zero summation of potential mishaps that are welcome to advance.
This only works is the construction of program management is not a proposition but a community adherence of standards. When one community decides to make a standardization for our circle but has no knowledge and poor representatives, they will create poor results.
Who gets blamed?
Their students will be faulted. Because their instructors will not be scrutinized and neither with the program developers. They designed in essence a support structure of failure.
That is the bottom line of the problems we see worldwide, is these people did not create the training, do not know the boats, have not me the different users and waterways needs, but we have. We know this business and can see the failures within. I am encouraging you to look beyond your paycheck or your ego and look at the results.
How many mishaps, do you know how to rebuild your pump? Have you taken a qualification course based on 40 hours of instruction? Do you have your basic boater education? Do you have over 1,000 hours at the helm, or 100?
Your story is being told by the questions you ask, and the answers will help you with one thing; Seamanship skills.
Don’t let them die because of apathy.
Posted: June 18, 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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