Act Courageously Through Competence

Let Us Begin

Courage is a distinct action of human fortitude and opportunity. Competence is a scale of capability and commitment through scrutiny that enforces developmental aptitude.

Now, let's insert or most favorite Rescue Water Craft.

We have all the ingredients of success before us.

Decisions are Made Before Deployment

Actions can be either to variables:

1. Noble

2. Disaster

Which would you prefer? Sometimes a disaster prompts us to reach out for the noble humility of recognizing where our program is failing.

Then it gets easy!

What does training provide you? Either a waste of time, funding and resource or increase of capability, safety and prestige.

Prestige because you know you are on the right track and no longer fumbling the ball in the rescue lane. This was due to volition in leadership. Recognizing our pitfalls is the first step in striving for excellence through service.

Safety is a Behavior

I would like nothing better than for you to have the personal courage and conviction to evaluate where you are at the end of 2018.

1. What went wrong?
2. How did it happen?
3. What are the contributors of these failures?
4. Where can you make courageous changes?
5. Will you do it?

I want to encourage you to evaluate, assess and to be very hard on your recognition of alarm. Have your program assessed by an outside entity. Review your mishaps. Be critical in your assessments, don't say 'good job', say what can we do better?

Competence is Courage, it is a difficult transition from one to the other, because it is earned by effort.

I believe in you or you wouldn't be here spending your precious time reading this. You are going to do great!

Start the new year out with an honest assessment and your program will soar!

Thank you for being a part of our maritime community.

Posted 12.22.2018

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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.

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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.