DO YOU NEED A LIGHTNING DETECTOR?

LIGHTNING AND YOU

You might want to consider investing in one of these. If not, you do need to constantly monitor the NOAA weather channel on your radio and take action if you see thunderstorms moving into your area of operation.

Make sure you have a plan of action in place or a policy for your personnel for lightning.

There are many different types of handheld devices you could use with an RWC and you do not have good comm’s with your ground staff via radio, check out these devices. They are small, compact and affordable.

If you operate in a high-risk area consider an electronic device such as this:

Product Description- The AcuRite Lightning Detector could save your life. It detects cloud-to-ground, cloud-to-cloud and intra-cloud lightning strikes within a 25 mi./40 km range and notifies you with a loud alarm, flashing red LED light and text message on the backlit display. It also displays a running total of the number of strikes detected.

CONDUIT

And its enhanced interference rejection feature prevents false lightning detection. Pocket-sized for portability, this weather-resistant unit has a no-slip clip and two modes of operation: outdoor and indoor. Operates on 2 AAA batteries (not included) with an 8 – 10-month battery life expectancy. $25USD (Source: Tom Hawes)

Posted: June 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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How to Move Your RWC Safely

Watch Your Back

How do I move a 1,000 lb. Jet Ski on the sand near the waterline? It's pretty simple.

Here is a quick review of what I do to pivot the Rescue Water Craft. I have watched many people over the years who have not been mentored properly in how to move a boat without strain or scooping the jet pump cover into the sand.

Maybe this advice will help you?

Don't forget this: Sand is sandpaper. The more you ground your RWC and the more you drive up on the sand you are going to damage the keel. Sometimes it is significant. Oftentimes with sand groundings the sand is a light cover, below the surface are heavier hard objects that hull can come in contact with such as rocks, cobble or shell.

These boats are not made for that and Coxswains should use due caution because of breaking motor mounts, ruining the bottom hull and leaving an asset unusable or out of service for repairs. Our Kawasaki Jet Ski™ hull is fiberglass/gelcoat construction.

If you have a Yamaha WaveRunner™ that hull is constructed with NanoXcel™ and cannot take hard repeated groundings without rendering the hull with severe damages. We see lot of hull damages from boaters not knowing their boat!

PRUDENT MARINER

As your online mentor I would ask you to start thinking, open your attitude and park your ego, and learn to define what is taking place. So, I encourage you to look at physics. What does this mean?

Dry curb weight of the craft. Do you know what it is?

It is 932.7 lb. (dry), (422.74 kg)

This RWC model is holding a full fuel tank of 20.6 gallons. Gasoline weighs roughly 6.3 pounds per gallon, depending on the density of the FUEL. If using the metric system, the approximate mass of gasoline is 2.8 to 2.9 kilograms, depending on its density. (X 20 Gallons, x 77.97 liters).

The forward hatch has 2 pelican cases and lines fully loaded. Boat can hold up to 50lbs. stowage. (22.67 kg)

STRUCTURE OF REALITY

So, what I want you to do is look at mass weight, weight distribution and where the most centered mass is. it’s not at the waterline aft, it’s at the waterline forward. The sand is soft, the boat will ground in.

It’s good to put the craft angle on a list off the centerline like you so I do in the video so you can star the initial pivot. Also remember, don’t stop moving, keep the forward motion going (back to physics).

Make sure there are no other PWC's or objects in the rotational pivot point path from bow to stern.

Tidal changes make a grounded boat difficult to get back to the waterline by yourself. This can help in those situations.

This works well, it's easy and any senior citizen like myself can do it. 🙂

I've been moving thousands of Jet Skis since 1979, I think I got this covered lol

What is your goal for moving a grounded craft? To not cause harm to your back, or strain. To be able in some situations to move a Rescue Water Craft without asking for help, especially if there is none.

K38 Way of Training is the Right Way.

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Posted: June 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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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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ASK ABOUT YOUR WORST BEHAVIORS

CONCEPTUAL SCHEMES OF LEARNING

ASK ABOUT YOUR WORST BEHAVIORS – IMPROVE FOR THE BEST RESULTS

When you ask about your worse behaviors, be ready to hear the truth. Evaluate and determine the resulting changes that are needed. Put them into motion and self-assess. Ask your instructor for additional advice or corrections.

Question the results.

It is up to you to decide how you want your Coxswain seamanship skills to develop. You can expect two metrics; good or bad.
What interactions in the field by your vessel and water knowledge can determine safe speeds, a competent program and reduce failures and to be able to communicate and negotiate for a secure operation.

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

If you don’t do that you are going to continue to develop unsettled disputes that will arise during operations and those options you entertained it the beginning of your training need to be tested. If they work, improve upon them. If you still cannot secure a stop or operate with efficiency and technical advantage, something is wrong.

Negotiate for a better program. Begin with yourself. Your actions will tell your story, but you must pay attention to them and create a metric of success or failure. From there you can determine if your course is dysfunctional or safe.

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Posted: May 14, 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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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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2019 PLYNIEMY POLSKO – STAGE 2

Day Two Complete

Stage 2 is complete! We have made it to WLOCTAWEK

What a day! There were a lot of vessel problems today. It's tough to get competitors and boats off the water because our stage distances are so spread apart, that their chase teams have to be very creative and organized, and they are.

Our K38 Poland staff is essentially the secret of our safety and success! They travel with us to ensure we have everything we need at each stop.

Złapani na trasie rajdu Płyniemy Polsko.
To nasza tajemnicza ekipa techniczno - fotograficzna. Wielkie dzięki za poświęcony czas. Bez Was nie popłynęlibyśmy zbyt daleko.

First Alert Marine Compact Fire Extinguisher 5-B:C

First Alert Marine Compact Fire Extinguisher 5-B:C

GOOD TIMES

Preparations this morning were to ensure all our safety equipment and gear was secure on the Yamaha WaveRunner-Rescue Water Craft. This is a long day and we are responsible to manage the safety for all the race boats in the rally. This is a tough job to do with the distances and logistics we all have to cover. But we love it!

Śluzowanie. To już prawie meta drugiego etapu Płyniemy Polsko. Chwila przed startem do drugiego etapu Płyniemy Polsko z Warszawy do Płocka.

During Stage 2 we had to navigate through the Wisla River, and a series of locks to change the elevation as we continued on the rally. You can see how deep the lock can get, its quite an experience. Made for larger vessels we can get alot of Personal Water Craft in here all at once!

Check out all the sponsors and supporters for 2019! We appreciate you.


follow us on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pg/K38Poland
Sleep well, for soon we face the new day and its challenges. Thank you to all the athletes and sponsors of this event.

Spotkanie z fantastycznym człowiekiem, motorowodniakiem, skuterowcem, uczestnikiem i zwycięzcą drugiej edycji rajdu Płyniemy Polsko, Sławkiem Rozwadowskim. W pięknych okolicznościach miejsca i przyrody przedyskutowaliśmy temat bezpieczeństwa uczestników kolejnej edycji rajdu Płyniemy Polsko, do której intensywnie się przygotowujemy. Rozpoczęcie już 27 kwietnia.

ABOUT
Płyniemy Polsko jest to kluczowa akcja organizowana przez klub motorowodny Moto H2O Rybnik. Dwie edycje, które odbyły się w 2017 oraz 2018 roku pozwoliły na zakup sprzętu do nurkowania i przeprowadzenie zajęć dla dzieci z autyzmem i porażeniem mózgowym. Edycja organizowana w maju przez sekcję Moto H2O polegała na opłynięciu Polski na skuterach wodnych. Podczas całej akcji miało miejsce wiele eventów w miastach w całym kraju.Całość akcji zakoczyła się sukcesem.

Edycja organizowana na przełomie sierpnia i września przez Ocean H2O polegała na opłynięciu wyspy Spitsbegen, znajdującej się na dalekiej północy na Oceanie Arktycznym. Dziesięcioosobowa załoga podczas szesnastu dni zmagała się z prądami morskimi i lodem. Udało im się osiągnąć cel, co więcej jako jedna z nielicznych załóg dokonała tego płynąć pod prąd.

Rok 2019 bije wszelkie rekordy. Akcja nabrała tempa a do udziału zgłosiło ponad 40 zawodników! Zapraszamy do wzięcia udziału w projekcie oraz śledzenia całej trasy!

Zachęcamy do polubienia naszej strony FB @plyniemypolsko, instagrama oraz pobrania aplikacji mobilnej, w której można być na bierząco z zawodnikami!

We sail in Poland is a key action organized by the Moto H2O Rybnik motorboat club. Two editions that took place in 2017 and 2018 allowed the purchase of diving equipment and classes for children with autism and cerebral palsy. The edition organized in May by the Moto H2O section consisted of circumnavigation of Poland on jet skis. During the whole event there were many events in cities around the country. The action was successful. The edition organized at the turn of August and September by Ocean H2O consisted of circumnavigation of the island of Spitsbegen, located in the far north in the Arctic Ocean. The ten-person crew struggled with sea currents and ice during sixteen days. They managed to achieve the goal, and what's more, as one of the few crews, it went against the current.

The year 2019 beats all records. The action has gained momentum and more than 40 competitors have entered the competition!

We invite you to take part in the project and to follow the entire route!

Feel free to like our FB @plyniemyPolsko site, instagrama and download the mobile application in which you can be up to date with the players!

2019 Polyniemy Polsko Facebook Page

K38 Poland Facebook Page

Tracking: Connected Boat tracking page

Name: plyniemy@pp2019.pl
pw: 2019

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Posted: 4.29.2019

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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.

2019 Plyniemy Polsko – Stage 1

Day One Complete

K38 Poland is enjoying the second year supporting the Plyniemy Polsko. We are operating Yamaha WaveRunners and are using rescue boards for support. We operated today on the Wisla River. The weather was difficult and the river as well.

Well, now Stage 1 is complete! The day had a few struggles with it, with boats having problems. The river has show it's personality coming out of winter. There were a lot of shoals and changes in the river from last year.

We will be taking care tomorrow, as each day the Plyniemy Polsko becomes more challenging.

Please follow Płyniemy Polsko 2019 and check back with our Facebook page for updates. We'll try our best to keep you posted! We look forward to providing the water safety for this event and the outstanding athletes who are part of it.


Right now we are resting and getting ready for stage 2. In a few hours we will be once again on the Wisla River with our Yamaha WaveRunners aka Rescue Water Craft. We appreciate the support of this company in lifesaving.

First Alert Marine Compact Fire Extinguisher 5-B:C

REPLACE

Connected Boat is our safety tracking for our K38 staff and the participants, its a great feature for the Plyniemy Polsko and we enjoyed using the APP last year.

Sleep well, for soon we face the new day and its challenges. Thank you to all the athletes and sponsors of this event.

Spotkanie z fantastycznym człowiekiem, motorowodniakiem, skuterowcem, uczestnikiem i zwycięzcą drugiej edycji rajdu Płyniemy Polsko, Sławkiem Rozwadowskim. W pięknych okolicznościach miejsca i przyrody przedyskutowaliśmy temat bezpieczeństwa uczestników kolejnej edycji rajdu Płyniemy Polsko, do której intensywnie się przygotowujemy. Rozpoczęcie już 27 kwietnia.

Meeting with a fantastic man, motorowodniakiem, skuterowcem, participant and winner of the second edition of Płyniemy Polsko rally, sławek rozwadowskim. In the beautiful circumstances of places and nature we discussed the subject of the security of participants of the 2019 rally.

ABOUT
Płyniemy Polsko jest to kluczowa akcja organizowana przez klub motorowodny Moto H2O Rybnik. Dwie edycje, które odbyły się w 2017 oraz 2018 roku pozwoliły na zakup sprzętu do nurkowania i przeprowadzenie zajęć dla dzieci z autyzmem i porażeniem mózgowym. Edycja organizowana w maju przez sekcję Moto H2O polegała na opłynięciu Polski na skuterach wodnych. Podczas całej akcji miało miejsce wiele eventów w miastach w całym kraju.Całość akcji zakoczyła się sukcesem.

Edycja organizowana na przełomie sierpnia i września przez Ocean H2O polegała na opłynięciu wyspy Spitsbegen, znajdującej się na dalekiej północy na Oceanie Arktycznym. Dziesięcioosobowa załoga podczas szesnastu dni zmagała się z prądami morskimi i lodem. Udało im się osiągnąć cel, co więcej jako jedna z nielicznych załóg dokonała tego płynąć pod prąd.

Rok 2019 bije wszelkie rekordy. Akcja nabrała tempa a do udziału zgłosiło ponad 40 zawodników! Zapraszamy do wzięcia udziału w projekcie oraz śledzenia całej trasy!

Zachęcamy do polubienia naszej strony FB @plyniemypolsko, instagrama oraz pobrania aplikacji mobilnej, w której można być na bierząco z zawodnikami!

We sail in Poland is a key action organized by the Moto H2O Rybnik motorboat club. Two editions that took place in 2017 and 2018 allowed the purchase of diving equipment and classes for children with autism and cerebral palsy. The edition organized in May by the Moto H2O section consisted of circumnavigation of Poland on jet skis. During the whole event there were many events in cities around the country. The action was successful. The edition organized at the turn of August and September by Ocean H2O consisted of circumnavigation of the island of Spitsbegen, located in the far north in the Arctic Ocean. The ten-person crew struggled with sea currents and ice during sixteen days. They managed to achieve the goal, and what's more, as one of the few crews, it went against the current.

The year 2019 beats all records. The action has gained momentum and more than 40 competitors have entered the competition!

We invite you to take part in the project and to follow the entire route!

Feel free to like our FB @plyniemyPolsko site, instagrama and download the mobile application in which you can be up to date with the players!

2019 Polyniemy Polsko Facebook Page

K38 Poland Facebook Page

Tracking: Connected Boat tracking page

Name: plyniemy@pp2019.pl
pw: 2019

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Posted: 4.28.2019

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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.

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

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Join the Rescue Water Craft Association

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.