It's now what you know, is how you use what you know when its time to launch your Rescue Water Craft.
You may know what your operational goals are but are you capable of executing them under pressure?
Its easy to do a drill, repeat a drill, say 'good job' and close the day.
When it suddenly gets real, knowledge is only an extension of actions addressed under duress.
That's where the chaff is separated from the stalk.
It requires a lot of repetitive corrections with the unknown. Team work is essential because your teammates can remind you where you are dropping off and how to stay in forward motion. Always work with the elements at hand, not in opposition.
SECONDS AND FEET
What can you do to get ready?
I have a simple formula that will help you.
Starting counting in 'SECONDS AND FEET'.
This is how we measure our training performance of our Coxswains.
It's not about time, its about forward movement.
Are they smooth?
Is the Coxswain maintaining a level boat?
Are the keeping the Rescue Water Craft stable by using proper balance techniques?
Is the Coxswain and the Crew steady? Are they working together or opposing each others vital actions?
KEEP THINKING and KEEP MOVING!
Both of these behaviors reveal the mind of the Coxswain, their determinations and the exposure of their accountable actions.
You can evaluate these behaviors in a step by step method of risk.
1. Are they maintaining a watch?
2. Do they use effective helm management?
3. Is their throttle modulation accurate and safe?
4. Are they making a safe contact approach with the survivors in the water?
5. Did they secure their stop appropriately?
If you answered a hearty 'no' to any of these, you have some good work ahead of you!
The good news is you just modernized your program!
We thank you and your survivors will be eternally grateful for your safe management and professionalism.
Remember: A moment for safety will save a lifetime of regret.
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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.