How Do You Perceive Your RWC World?

How do you perceive your Rescue Water Craft World?

Where do you place your values within your personal structure or the rescue group that you work with?

Is Your Rescue Water Craft Program Valid? How do you know, has it been challenged in the last 365 days, did you have an accident or a near miss, is your equipment functional?

Is your professional value structure actually a valid platform to provide the best coverage possible or are there known areas that have weak links that can open up the door of liability, consider the facts in review.


Lay out on paper the past 6 months or year, every single Rescue Water Craft activity undertook and the results of those actions.  Make a humble assessment of the last year or semester.  Take a hard look at it from all angles and do a strong inspection against the mishaps, gear, and training results.  Do all these items accurately inspected validate your current operational methods? Did you attain the appropriate results last year?  Don't forget to add in the budgetary needs to maintain a successful program.


The indication that your values are flawed is if there is any harm being generated? Are your Rescue Water Craft keep breaking down did they get repaired too often and are the gear checklists understandable and can you defend them? Is your PPE intact and functional, is there any damages? Are your endings safe for survivors when you transfer them? Do your actions stack up against failures you see in other rescue attempts you have studied online or from event debriefings?


Failures are going to tell you that you did something wrong. Do you have an associated feeling of regret, embarrassment or recall a painful moment that you feel was stupid or biased by excusing away the results?
When was your program first created? How many revisions have the original program migrated from?
There are still things to learn. Are you not taking criticism well, does it hurt your feelings? Anxiety can tell you when an action or a theory is wrong or the person of critique is wrong. If you keep playing over in your mind the moment of failure instead of the moment of success and there are reactions from team leaders that reinforce an error it is time to take action.


This is why we in a group or team setting we are giving experience outsourced to the free decisions of every member. If we surround ourselves in our membership and one of our members does something wrong, the membership will issue a response, they will validate and if the negative behaviors of a member persist the group members will become irritated, they will want to distance themselves and not reach out.

We cannot perceive reality completely, groups help moderate our success and failure. But we need the value of the creatives, those who step outside of the group and test and trial the unknown. These people are often disposable and our greatest risk takers and we should not discount their genius even if they are rough at the edges, something on the horizon may come from their persistence.


Humility is the pre-condition towards learning, it’s the strongest virtue in rescue success for individuals or teams.  It is difficult to perceive our own reality. If it keeps working, why change it? That’s a common phrase we hear.  You can mediate for yourself by looking at all the variable relationships and what your professional goals are.

Where is our advantage for your Rescue Water Craft program review? When was the last time your RWC program was evaluated by an outside source?

Not fact checking our progress opens the door for problems.  How can this be mediated?  Research and networking in the Rescue Water Craft community provide an avenue for cross referencing program management. However, the greatest asset is for outside sources who are turning and burning the industry on a daily basis and have a firm connection to the intellectual knowledge and equipment on the front line.

The bias of ignorance is within our scope of knowledge.  What if we were willing to step outside of our comfort zone and search for other methods, the result is obvious; our capability will increase.





What can you do or better yet what are you 'willing' to do? Do you allow your free will to accept a critical assessment from a peer or a group of members? Let's not be too comfortable. We must evaluate after every training and mishap.  The indicators of truth are born in our results. When we train we must assess, review and discuss.

If a Rescue Board has broken recently inspect the three connector points. One of those points can lead to a catastrophic failure.  Inspect the instructional integrity after every use and realize these products have a lifespan and need to be retired. You can start with that as one of your inspection reviews.

Do we need to try something different, whom should we reach out to for advice?  Start with one thing, just take one action, here are a few ideas to consider.

Actions you can take to seek what is currently being employed:

  1. Join the Rescue Water Craft Association, get connected with other professionals
  2. Continuing training by a recognized instructor or undertake recurring training
  3. Attend the WaterRescueCon March 2019 in Morro Bay California
  4. Read the Owners Manual of the make, model and year of production RWC
  5. Be willing to take critical advice and to share your own in a Rescue Water Craft Operator group
  6. Conduct online searches to study boating accidents and training programs and evaluate

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.

Speak Up Lives Depend On It


  • It is unfair if an Operator is driving too fast for the conditions or over 25 mph during transits with persons on board.
  • It is unfair if a crewperson is not functional or operationally sound working on a rescue board.
  • It is unfair if a rescue board is not affixed to the stern deck of a Rescue Water Craft adequately. Notice I state ‘adequately’ as this a gray area dependent on many contributing factors.
  • It is unfair if a Rescue Water Craft is not operationally sound and still in service. Silence is admission.

Distractions can be numerous. Attention to situational awareness requires our focus. We must be vigilant as leaders in our full capabilities as operators and program managers.

Relationships are established through connectivity. This requires of us our effort of service and command. We must command our presence and be aware of fatigue, shortcomings and lack of preparation.

Rescue Water Craft Training for Night Qualification


I have a saying ‘85% preparation and 15% underway time’. That is an honest assessment. It’s boring. Preparation is tedious and time consuming. Too often responders focus on the recovery and forget the mission workup. This includes electronics, trailers, rigging, rescue boards, PPE, and all accessary gear and parts.

We all need a foundation to rely upon. This means our fundamental core values are our continuing strength. Speak up when you know something is not working properly.

‘Back to the Basics’ is a long standing catch phrase of reason, let’s keep that in mind and not be distracted from normal operations.
The pre-operations checklists and logs that go into your program docket are what will keep your program regulated. It helps to discover potential problems or shortcomings that will lead up to a mishap and hopefully these evaluations are conducted prior to an accident or serious injury.

Operations of normal standard behaviors should not be dismissed or ignored. Adhering to the basics will ensure program longevity. We cannot afford the penalties of reality when it suddenly gets real and we discover we should have done that, dismissed doing that, or ignored doing that because we could.

But we shouldn’t. Speak Up. We should be held accountable. Liability is a serious reminder of competency.

Rescue Board Training and Inspection

What can you do to comply?

  1. Review all of your log books.
  2. Be familiar with the checklists and complete all form fields.
  3. Make sure you understand how the checklists apply to the equipment you are using so your reviews are effective and not just a habit to fill in the blank.
  4. Inspect your PPE and remove it from service if needed.
  5. Be fearless in removing any gear or equipment from operational use with the control measures in place by your protocols and procedures.

Practicing effective basics

There is a time not to go. You may discover that you will have to take a RWC out of service and that coverage will be significantly reduced. Have a backup plan for downed equipment and make sure you have the budget to maintain efficient operations.

Checklist help insure your program. They are reminders of requirements that rely upon your mental and physical action. Practicing effective basics of the fundamentals will allow you to have the capability to catch mistakes before they become mishaps.

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.

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