THE TIME IS NOW

EXPANSION

Your skills are reflections of your goals.

These are the values of your time that you invested in your functional actions. You cannot pretend that you are doing this. Why?

Nature will teach you where you lack. And it will be swift and probably painful.

You can expand your functions because you study, you put into practice your learning, you put effort into this because it’s a realistic goal.

But you need to adjust your goals with your reality. And with reality itself. Or you will be a victim.

The challenge is to be functional in the goal because the demand of your skill and service will put your life in the lineup of death.

You can succeed if you map out your strategy. How do you do this?

Research.

Map out what is needed. Don’t copy bad imitators, they can pretend, but in reality they may be dragging you down into an abyss that makes you useless and wastes your time.

Question and evaluate. Repeat this until your skill level matches success. If you put your learning goal in a low level ‘get by’ attitude, you will achieve that rapidly. It’s a really tough place to put yourself. Don’t do it. There are painful implications that come with that choice.

Learn to ask appropriate questions. Ones that have value and future potential.

Take good care of yourself.

This is the way of the safety warrior.

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Posted: December 17, 2021

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Right Risk

It all lines up with your selection.

You want to choose the lesser of the risk that you deduct from your learning and experience.

If your intuitive is speaking to you ‘not a good idea’, and you start to question yourself, perhaps that inner red flag is warning you that you have not developed the skills or the resilience to take on the mountain in from of you that is moving, fluid and steady on its course.

Are you steady to stand up to it even with fear?

You may have to move forward into that and prevail against your internal encouragement to stand down and you will have to live with your choice(s).

If you stand down, you may not have the brave moment to transcend the learning that comes from experience.
It is called a ‘rite of passage’. The safety culture will rest on standards, rules and regulations, sometimes nature is not on that team, doesn’t play by those rules and has its own game. The defensive position is a strong argument, and the offensive sometimes is the creative stroke.

Regardless, the best path forward is the spiritual internal conscious making peace with the reality of risk, which is the real world. The unfolding tragedy you are about to engage by volition.

Choose Well.

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Posted: December 17, 2021

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K38

SAFETY BEGINS HERE

We have so much to do all the time

Perception of Safety Reality

Safety means danger, and that means rules are in place to manage the human component to lend towards reduction of human errors.
These errors have a long list of potential mishaps looming if any pattern in the reasonable behaviors is ignored, and how often they are until a cumulative pattern emerges.

The common visual reference is ‘one link in a length of chain’, these links need to be dependent upon one another for strength, or not.

If one team member has a question and is unsure of the next stage, step, pattern or behavior, listen to them. They may become the safety link with their inquiry. Even if your ego is pricked; listen.

It’s time to slow things down for the team at the point of identifiable error and review the entire group and possibly equipment status to determine the validity of an appropriate and supporting answer if none were forthcoming.

This is a good position to review the mission and ethics of the team participants.

Selection is the determination of actions. Whatever we choose, we have to live with it, defend it and define it.

If we are teaching, we are responsible for the manner in which the information is shared and our role is to encourage the recipient to continue to work towards retention of the knowledge and its patterns.

Stubborn beliefs and strong opinions regarding the right and wrong way to do this and that, can be a big contrast from.

Each accident or near miss is a new opportunity to grow a stronger and safer program.
Good to go?

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Posted: December 4, 2021

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Mavericks big wave safety

REDEMPTION RIDE

Riding for a Cause

Shawn Alladio: PWC Offshore Race Team. 300 mile endurance race, Ironman award

I was invited to Mavericks for an upcoming swell by Jeff Clark. I packed up my boxvan and four RWC’s and headed north.

Jeff Clark had opened the door for the next level of professional big wave surfing. He along with Gary Linden are the two most influential persons in big wave surfing / competitions. Their energies were a flood gate of talent. People from all over the world were planning on surfing this swell. It was right after the 1998 Reef@Todos event at Killers.

L-R: Jonathan Cahill, Kevin Vanderpol, Shawn Alladio and Jeff Clark at Pillar Point

I pulled up at the Mavericks café and was greeted with a lot of love by Jeff and Katherine, many of us had this amazing experience gifted by them. I sat down at a crowded table of strangers and ordered my food.

A man was sitting next to me and I turned to him and I said ‘Hi my name is Shawn who are you?’ He said ‘I am Ken Bradshaw’. I responded back to him, ‘Who is that’? People at the table laughed.

We struck up a conversation while I waited for my food that Katherine prepared for everyone who stepped into her café. When you went there, you knew what to expect and it was usually full of the worlds greatest surfing talent.

This was the second trip taken by Ken Bradshaw to Mavericks. It is now 1998. The last trip, tragically he flew home with his friend Mark Foo’s body back to Hawai’i. Mark had drowned at Mavericks in 1994. They both had flown out together for an epic swell to surf Mavericks for the first time. I was teaching a Rescue Water Craft course to the Newport Beach Lifeguards when the news announced the death of Mark Foo. It was a shock.

They did not get on the plane knowing that only one would return. That is a heavy thought to realize that we may be experiencing our best last moments of life. There is no plan for that. Four years have passed.

Ken was talking with me at Katherine Clark’s café about his last trip at Mavericks, the day his friend Mark died.

This was a sad conversation and it was a private journey as well. He said is was 'hard coming back to Mavericks'. I understand that, as most of us would.

I thought the best action would be to get back into the water and experience a fun day! These kind of moments in our lives are the open doors of healing and a measure of how we face our personal grief. Sometimes there is symbolism in our actions we must face to make peace with the past.

K38 Training at Pillar Point Harbor

I had four WaveRunners, I asked Ken ‘lets go have a fun day, let’s go have some fun’! I said we could ride off to San Francisco and back and race the whole way We could go around the rocks. We could turn off the work, forget about surfing and just have a really fun day. It was cold, and the coffee Katherine made as warm. He agreed enthusiastically and we were planned to head out the next day, I had everything we needed.

The morning arrived, I prepared all our eguipment and we launched at the Pillar Point Harbor boat ramp. It was a beautiful day, the sun was shining the winds were down, there was nobody out. The big swell was a few days away.

Also launching was Frank Quirarte who captured the essence of that day in one photo, of me jumping over a wave at Mavericks. This is my soul flying. It was like a metaphor of life and death.

Shawn's 1st Pro Women's race

Well, I didn’t jump the wave as high as I could. This is the same thing that Jonathan Cahill and I did when we faced 7 waves and headed into the face on them on November 21, 2001 on the 100' foot Wednesday. This is what it looked like, but the drop was 50' instead.

K38 at Mavericks

Knowing how to handle the craft in all conditions is an asset. Also being a freestyle professional in jet ski racing and so on I throttled down. I didn't want to damage the boat, so I landed her soft.

My boats perform a lot of different activities. We use them as race boats in sanctioned events, often combat military veterans would race these same boats we use for rescue. We use them for towsurfing, for course marshalling, for fishing, for rescue and loaned them to many a big wave surfer. I never modified my boats, always kept them stock.

Shawn Alladio IJSBA World Finals Ramp Jump Competition Event

My background is in Jet Ski racing. This is where K38 began in 1979 on stand ups. RWC rescue came from the IJSBA course marshal program, the first organized training. We all had the Jet Ski Fever. (We still do!).

All the technical advantages and mindset determination are the genesis of the Rescue Water Craft courses our students enjoy today. We pushed the throttle, we drove distances, saved lives and live the work, either recreationally or professionally. Yes there is a difference between the two.

Shawn Freeride on a Yamaha Super Jet in the surf

We were ready, a safety briefing, PPE check and we were off! I was happy. Ken and I raced up the coast towards Pacifica at full throttle. We raced back down to Mavericks at full throttle. I showed him how to work around the rocks. We rode until the tanks were empty.

The end of the day. Loaded up the boats, cleaned the gear and headed back to the Mavericks Café to enjoy another meal from Katherine. Ken told me that this experience helped him. It was a transitional moment. It was purposeful.

We smiled.

That is what we do with our Never Quit Challenges. We created endurance hardships to serve our soul.

When your friend dies, or loved one or perhaps a stranger; there are a lot memories and thoughts that rewind our lives back to those indelible moments. We dissect everything we could have done better or differently.

I know that when I went to find my sister’s grave in Los Gatos, I faced this redemption. It was the first time I had seen her grave. I was with her when she was dying when a child many years earlier and I lived with the hole in my heart, I was never able to say goodbye. My mother never wanted her surviving children to be sad so we were not allowed at her grave. I did not go there until 45 years later. My friend Denise Smith went with me. She was my witness of the magnitude of the sadness. It took courage for her to be there and stand in my grief with me. It was not a fun day. Thank you Deniece.

If any of my on-water moments at Mavericks were important, it would have been that day spent with Ken. Ken was able to say goodbye to Mark. The empathy and understanding we have for one another is what shine true. It becomes our compass and reminds us who we should be at all times. Passing through those very private and vulnerable sad moments of our lives are open doors of making peace with the mystery of death.

Mark Foo Memorial at Mavericks

I decided to make a memorial to honor Mark's soul. I brought up 4 Pohakus (volcanic rock from Hawai'i). I carved Mark Foo's name on one rock, and set it at Mavericks beach. It stands as a pillar to his memory and that day of redemption. Chris Bertish was with me for the dedication. We called up Tom Pohaku Stone on the phone in Oah'u and he did a dedication ceremony to bless the spot and purify the pohakus.

I was glad to be a part of the soul of Mavericks. Thank you to Jeff Clark for bringing all of us together through a wave called Mavericks.

It is good.

REFERENCE

Ken at Mavericks wearing my Yamaha Floatcoat. Yeah it was cold!

"KEN BRADSHAW: "I've probably put in 10 sessions or so at Maverick's. I've got boards and wetsuits and a place to stay there; I'm always ready. The reason I haven't been back (since '94) is mostly logistics, but sure, after being there the day Mark died, my motivation was stifled. It just didn't seem as important to go there any more. But it's a great wave, definitely worth pursuing. My whole goal at Maverick's is to do tow-ins there on giant days when the wind's a little wrong and there are no surfers in the water. That's what I really want to do."

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Posted: December 12, 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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Change is You

It's not spare change!

Change is the only way out of a dead end.

You are the word.

You are the change.

Be sure you imitate through scrutiny and not on your own.

You can't fake it till you make it.

Study and be genuine.

Because you matter.

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Be a contributor to our maritime culture by leading the way, all the way around the world.

The time is now.

Faithfully yours,

Shawn Alladio & K38

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Posted: April 10, 2020

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Weather The Storm

SAFETY MEANS DANGER

Ahoy friends!

K38 is docked and riding out the storm in safe harbors all over the world. From Asia, South and North America, Australia, Europe and Africa, our pandemic quarantine is a gift to the health of humanity.

Our community was built for storms; dark nights, cold, wind and extreme hardship. We understand the loss of disaster.

We have had our hands and hearts upon it; our eyes witness devastation, been on the water and listened, heard the heartbreak with our ears, and worked with survivors and those who perished. But most importantly, our spirit and actions gifted to be a positive conduit of hope in bad situations.

We are ready for the difficulty of any struggle that nature and mankind delivers, as long as our health is intact.

This is who we are, this is our K38 family, our instructors, volunteers and qualified coxswains. These incredibly Unique personalities who can manage tragedy and not succumb to its disaster.

We are caretakers of the greater good on the wild and watery main.

Our community is a resilient one. We don’t feel sorry for ourselves, or reduce our potential because times get hard.

What we do is get stronger, gain spiritual awareness and become more determined and focused.

What do you want your finest moment to be? Will you be the person on the boat everyone can depend upon, even if harboring on shore? We believe you are that person.

Be brave. Have Courage. Take on the challenge the same way you head into the darkening storm; head down, eyes focused on the goal and a safe return to ready for the next call.

You are what is best in any human. We are essential beings who express spirit, determination and honor through service and sacrifice.

STAY STEADY

What we are not is weak. We are not cowards. We take the hard hits that everyone else is suffering with. We are a beacon of endurance. We never quit. We pray for everyone's well being and safety.

Our community has faced many challenges over the years. Wars devastate humanity and nations. It has been a long time we have not had to face such adversity. It is our turn. We can look to our ancestors and let them remind us of the things we need to do to stay steady. All generations overcome war, what we do is pay attention; quarantine.

This is the first of this type of war against our health and economy. We will not fold, cower or excuse. We will be ready to go to work, put our lives on the line like others depend upon whenever called.
Honor those who have died from this virus by being the best person you can be for what they will no longer experience. Rise up your capability and gratitude.

Meanwhile, what can we do besides support our local communities and families? Train!

We can study, prepare our equipment, assess the level of our capability and program needs. Make necessary changes and increase our capability. We can get back into our books and source material.

While we may not be on the water, we have been gifted a tremendous opportunity to reflect on our character, behaviors and attitude. Now is the time to review and correct.
Thank you to all the frontline defenders;

Nurses, doctors, law enforcement, volunteers, health care workers, respiratory therapists, mortuaries, delivery personnel, agriculture, pharmacies, non-profits, places of worship, stores, hospitality industry, airline and helicopter services, animal welfare groups, senior citizens, teachers and educators, virologists, bakers, candlestick makers, industrial, fabrication, automotive, entrepreneurs, corporations, plumbers, dentists, toilet paper companies, truck drivers, mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, children, maritime police, Coast Guardsmen, military personnel, politicians, decision and policy makers, students, instructors, scientists, researchers, EMS, IT industry, lawmakers, special forces, boat captains and crew, cruise liner industry, port authorities, aviation, mayors, governors, managers, governments, nations, the unborn, naysayers and the doers, chimney sweeps, candy maker, spiritual leaders, conductors and engineers, bus and taxi drivers, cowboys and cattlemen, machine operators, UAV pilots, snowplow drivers, roadway maintenacne, linemen, power companies, athletes, lifesavers, intensive care units, ventilator companies, PPE suppliers, salesmen, communication industry, garbage men, waste collectors, realtors, harbor departments, office personnel, restraunteers, servers, mass transit, airport workers, funeral services, energy sector, food processing, medical suppliers, fake media and journalists, gas stations and supply, mechanics, national security, clowns and comics, writers, wastewater workers, banking, economists, janitors, screen printers, clothing industry, printing, artists, herbalists, landscapers, and the list grows with every thought, you and others are not forgotten.

Be a contributor to our maritime culture by leading the way, all the way around the world.

The time is now.

Faithfully yours,

Shawn Alladio & K38

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Posted: April 5, 2020

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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Free Ebook-Do not take safety at sea for granted

Let’s take a look at the scenario of being that person in the water and to grasp the mental and physical preparations that will save your life.

Don’t go alone or unprepared on your Personal Water Craft. It does not matter how long you have been riding, the time is now to become a prudent mariner.

TAKE ON DIFFICULT LEARNING

CHOICES

Stop taking the easy cheap route. That is a fast track to misery.

This is how you stop progress and cheapen the results. Don’t do marginal inspections. Use good quality and proper personal protective equipment (PPE).

Operate your Rescue Water Craft in a manner that your ancestors would be proud of.

Behave as if you read about yourself in a history book and the ending was good.

Our world demands the strongest, bravest and most educated to have the wits to surmount disaster.

PREPARATION IS EXPENSE

It’s no joke to be prepared! Maybe right now by reading this post it will motivate you to pick up and move onward.

Do not feel justified if you took on marginal training. You are just beginning.

Keep moving ahead with your education. If you settle you lost the argument.

Winning generates increase.

Losing declines potential.

When you give less there is no challenge, there is nothing you can do to elevate your opportunity. That is the essence of giving up.

This is not what any of us can afford in the dynamic and often times terrifying situations we will respond to that survivors place themselves in.

LAZINESS IS AN ENDING

If you are lazy you will never possess the capability to do anything that is challenging and requires of your efforts. Your team will not be able to depend upon you.

You will easily find the objections and excuses needed to say ‘I don’t need that, I’m better than that, nobody can teach me nothing’. This is how people filled with errors hide their potential and they give far less than their very best.

This elusive behavior becomes complicated quickly. It prevents that person from opportunity.

So ask yourself this? Do you have a goal of how you want to operate?

What is it? You cannot own it if you are not capable of defining it.

Then you must admit to yourself you have to throw your sorry ass head to toe into discovering that capability!
You should fear greatly with a terrible recognition to pursue your operational goals rather than being afraid to do so!

1. Articulate your goals
2. Write your goals down and expand 3 additional needs from each
3. Learn to negotiate for your maritime heritage
4. Learn how to protect seamanship skills
5. Know who you are
6. Understand what it is you want and what will be required to access it
7. Make sure you have other options, courses, opportunities and learning directions
8. Follow a mentor and honor their advice and person
9. The ocean will win because you have to be able to negotiate its reality
10. Know your boat as you know yourself

If you want to be a competent Coxswain, you have to practice being competent.

Otherwise you are practicing by your own volition constant failure.

And that is not something you should aspire towards in your career, ever.

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Posted: September 9, 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 BE A SUCCESSFUL INSTRUCTOR

What Makes a Good Instructor?

To be a successful Rescue Water Craft instructor first means that we need Rescue Water Craft experience. We have to learn from our previous mistakes we made, have field experience and we need to be trained by a competent leader.

But before we get on with that, what exactly is a Rescue Water Craft instructor?

An Instructor is a student, leader and a mentor. They have gone through a selection process and have been evaluated to possess the required knowledge base and use the supplies needed to host a competency training course.

They are able to prepare for a course, scrutinize themselves and their student cadre and to maintain the course records. They must have a thorough working and maintenance capability of all tools and equipment.

They have a safety plan and are prepared for emergencies. Most importantly they know when to say no in the field and stop forward motion to prevent an injury or accident. They do this by paying attention to the work flow, water and weather conditions, other instructors and the direction of the energy in the course.

They know when they have made a mistake, admit it and make the necessary amendments.

MANY INSTRUCTORS ARE TEACHING BUT THAT DOES NOT MEAN THEY ARE GOOD

A certificate of professional development does not ensure that holder of that document is an instructor. What decides that is the outcome, how the students respond, retain knowledge and perform, and what their future will become.

I would encourage instructors to take four classes a year, or critical assessments of their training presentations. That would cover the four seasons in a calendar year, keeping the skill and mind honed.

Have a good mentor. Ask to be in their audience.

If they give you permission, listen to them.

Give credit to your mentors. You are not special! You did not gain this knowledge on your own, you are a steward of it. Someday you may pay it forward.

Give thanks to what they invested in you, be grateful and humble. Humility is the first way to crush an edgy ego. But most importantly protect the seamanship skills that have been entrusted to you. Those go back to our ancestral times!

WILINGNESS TO LISTEN AND LEARN

We expect if from our students but we must first demand it from our instructor cadre.

• Know your training materials! This is the key to what your students are paying you to be in your audience.
• Seek peer review of presentations, documents or skills produced.
• Stay current with changes in the boating rescue world.

Be enthusiastic and learned about every aspect of Rescue Water Craft operations. Your position is one of authority and your coverage means you need to be ready to assist your students in succeeding.

You must be able to multi-task under pressure and still smile and enjoy the demands. You need to be good at logistics, reading the water and weather and keeping to a timed format. You are a water rescue counselor.

Do not assume everyone understand your descriptions. Define everything in terms that can help defend actions even under investigation.

Our Rescue Water Craft client lineage is based on the rotation of agency personnel, that is an average of 3 to 7 years of rollover. This means their knowledge base will be lost to the next generation and has to be fulfilled with new Coxswains. That is change and time and a significant investment for clients.

This also translates in to the Gold Standard of K38. We are on top of the training wheel because we are the most current at the helm.

Boating rules, laws and regulations are constantly being updated or changed. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is finally beginning a new trend of modernization, we have to stay in step with that. The Rescue Water Craft boat is changing EVERY SINGLE YEAR!

You need resources to lean on. Being in the digital age we tend to use the search engines for research.

However, you need hard copy books to have a readily accessible source library. For my research and knowledge base I often go to thrifts stores or search online books stores for old maritime books.

Be firm in your safety convictions and respect the role you fulfill. A strong training course is filled by a group of students who are engaged and asking questions, participating and deeply interested.

You are in a position of a sacred trust. People are depending upon your knowledge base. Their very lives rely upon it and so do the survivors they will be working on behalf in a perilous time.

Your interaction is about reputation; yours and theirs!

You students and mentors are a measure of success. Be sincerely grateful that they believe in you enough to place their valuable time, effort or invest in your capabilities.

Remember, it’s not all about you. Instructing is a sacred trust, its about what your students will do next.

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Posted: September 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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