WHO WANTS TO BE THE FIRST PERSON TO KILL A SURFER WITH THEIR PERSONAL WATER CRAFT?
It’s going to be someone, so how about you? How well prepared are you to prevent killing someone’s husband, wife, mother, father, brother or perhaps your best friend! Let’s call out the problems and the individuals and deal straight up with these recurring altercations and embarrassment caused to our community.
I read another deserving complaint from a surfing vs. PWC incident, one of a long line of them, our community needs to take responsibility for these actions and stand up against the liabilities. Not everyone deserves these negative labels and we will not tolerate disrespectful or ignorant operators.
Read this story here: Gold Coast Jet Skier Problems
And this one: Jet Skiers Not Being Responsible
And this: Jet Ski Operations Bring Safety Concerns
This: Safe Speed Around Others
Let’s help them so they can aim to higher boating capability and be safe while doing it, we all deserve that! It’s better than slinging spite, let’s get to admissions and corrections and hold one another accountable.
The internet does not lie regarding the complaints stacking up in the surfing world. Give the paddle surfers their voice and listen to what they are expressing. Surfing has always had frictional problems, but now it has boat problems.
Lineups are crowded, but there is never a justification for a PWC in the lineup unless it’s under permit from a special event or far away from others. Because it’s not just about you, paddlers are more vulnerable and you are a direct threat.
Yeah, of course it’s cool! Even though you can get more waves faster via a PWC pony ride, have more fun surfing with your friend, and by step paddling saving energy and increasing barrel potential, don’t do it around others.
NOBODY HAS THESE DISCUSSIONS
How about if you kill yourself, what will that mean to your family? What do you think the final seconds of your life will be worth as you slip away? Was it worth it or could you have stopped the flow? This is not a noble ending, you are worth so much more. Surely you are valuable and have things you want to do, so make your behaviors equal to your value.
Your absence will be horrible, a horrific tragedy for those you leave behind. Let that sink in. And you don’t want to go to prison for accidental homicide. Take inventory and start to look at your deepest truths of accountability.
This is not abstract, it’s a way of being and we all need strong mentors for the nature of our soul. You need to mediate your tragedy or your success.
The Kaleidoscope of athletic pursuit is not reliant on the action, but the preparation of its success.
That requirement is one of a burden of tremendous responsibility. It’s quadrupled when you are at the helm of a motorized vehicle. It’s either used for the pursuit of excellence or it’s a 1,000 lb. bomb waiting to blow.
Personal Water Craft are incredible power boats. They are modern in scope and have given us greater freedom and the ability to pursue dreams, careers, competitions, film and television, catch great fish, enjoy family gatherings, friendly club excursions, commune with nature, explore, experience incredible adventures and save lives, thousands of lives.
BENNIE AND THE JETS
That is the benefit of owning or operating a PWC, the glory of freedom. The problem with Personal Water Craft is people. It begins with the registered owners who are legally responsible for everything that happens with that craft and whom they bring on-board or loan their boat to.
The rebate check can be the registered owners friends and family members the owner allows to operate. There is nothing wrong with a PWC. The risk and danger is the decisions a human puts into motion while operating a PWC.
There are too many poor examples not to have noticed this by the year 2019. Personal Water Craft came into the market place as we know them back in 1974. They have progressed and become popular modern power boats to own. They provide us with opportunity. The internet offers you the quickest way to intelligent operations, there are literally no more excuses available for anyone to hide behind.
Step Off Surfing/bodyboarding, Tow surfing, Tow Foiling, Caddy Rides, new ways to get more waves or to use as a film platform for personal use or professional captures. If used for the purpose of lifesaving, proper qualification training and scrutiny of Coxswain candidates and equipment is required if not necessary.
It’s a true vessel of our times; it’s modern, fast, and aggressive and compliments our competitive nature. But that needs to be harnessed and not unleashed recklessly.
If this describes you, where do you begin? You back up. Go back to your foundation. Review your basic boating course you had to take and assess your responsible behaviors. Once you master that you move forward to listing all the potential harm you can cause. Wear your lifejacket, use your engine cut off switch properly, the basics.
Don’t be an incompetent operator that is easy fodder for the twitter mobs. And if you do, you deserve it.
You decide, you can become tyrannical in your pursuits and restrict your possibilities and you can damage community. When you cut corners, you increase the associated costs. You don’t want to lose that chance and squander the opportunity to be great because you may not get it back again.
BOATING IS EXPENSIVE
If you are not prepared to be economically realistic with PWC ownership don’t get one, resist, avoid, walk away and don’t succumb to mediocrity. Pay up properly and understand the investment ratio to hours of use. The stakes are too high. What are some of the items you need?
1. Payment of the craft and registration fees
2. Boaters insurance, life insurance (make your will while you are at it)
3. Hourly maintenance schedule and inspection log book
4. Boating Education & recurring education
5. Ensure anyone who comes on board your PWC has training to protect your reputation, livlihood and insurance
6. Spare parts, mechanic fees, diagnostic checks
7. Trailer-maintenance, tires, axles, electrical, tie downs, registration fees (tow vehicle/hitch)
8. Personal Protective Equipment: Lifejacket(s), wetsuit, booties, gloves, eye protection
9. Communication systems: Radio, Whistle, GPS, trackers
10. Government required onboard safety equipment properly packed, waterproofed and stowed
11. Fuel and fluids (silicone, marine grease, wash down, cleaning agents)
12. Towable Aquaplane Devices (TAD) accessories (foils, rescue boards, towlines, inflatables)
Start with death and go backwards. Make admissions, visualize accidents you have read about and place your name in the storyline: ‘Jet Skier dies, body missing, wasn’t wearing a lifejacket, family grieves, search continues’
Here is what a lot of people do to evade responsibility, until it’s too late:
• I can kill somebody and it will be an accident (but not really)
• I can kill myself and my family and friends will deal with the ramifications of my choices
• I can destroy the Personal Water Craft and try to claim insurance on it when I was in a ‘no-go’ zone, so I will lie about the damages and location
• I can kill one of my friends or somebody I didn’t know, maybe more than one person, but I will meet their family in court after my arrest and impound of my Personal Water Craft and face my family.
• Didn’t file a float plan, sunk my PWC, expect a ride from rescue services, didn’t learn my lesson
• I can seriously injure myself or others so that I cannot go to work and pay my bills. I may need therapy or rehabilitation and I don’t have the right medical policy to cover that. Maybe a friend will set up a GoFundMe and slightly lie about why I need the money, not how I created the situation and I knew better.
• Keep going, you can imagine all the potential items that can go wrong by your own volition.
COXSWAIN-OWNER PERSONAL WATER CRAFT SURFZONE LIABILITY
This is something you need to attend to and it is worthwhile for not just you but everyone in the lineup. Don’t be blind in your selective situations. Remember what is behind everything you select, every action, every turn and decision. Don’t bring on suffering because it is a tremendous burden and nobody deserves that potential risk.
Surfers are not boaters. Not when they are surfing. Most surfers who use a PWC are incompetent when it comes to seamanship skills. If they had them the majority disregard using them on a PWC. They claim training but when challenged their training qualification is worthless. So what is the point of wasting time? Make it right as rain.
They easily become reckless and negligent in their operations incremental over time, sometimes due to peer pressure and have a finite disregard for the safety of others. It’s because they have had poor mentors or they have imitated poorly themselves. Or they simply disregard their training and boating safety because their ego is unbalanced on a dangerous precipice. Good mentors would call them out and set them straight ASAP!
A few get it and are respectful and we don’t hear about them, but the noise usually comes at the expensive of a catastrophic failure. It’s not cool to gawk at a mishap online, and no they are not heroes for surviving one. They don’t have to be in the surfzone either, but closer to shore they become more noticeable. Cameras don’t lie.
Think about how a PWC operator in the surf line doesn’t realize that others in the lineup are insignificant. This brings a moral burden of expedient pleasure of liberty for them to pursue their short term operational goal at the expensive of delusional weakness that others cannot shrug off. It’s an easy pathway to disregard others, and it’s dangerous. And the mob of reason is growing. PWC surfers/safety/tow-in folks need to sit down and listen.
Their migratory damage has already ruined great towsurfing areas around the world that are now off limits. Ask me how I know? Let’s talk about South Africa and Mavericks, and Australia where they pump up justifications by their own actions for opposition to ban them by their lofty carnage video posts and hashtags. Everyone is waiting for them to kill someone so they can pressure the authorities to ban them forever and spew hate. Who will it be?
RESPONSIBLE PEOPLE ARE GREATLY ADMIRED
Responsible people aim high, they don’t embrace the lowest denominator, they don’t jump off a cliff, they climb it. They are platinum, not copper. Everyone else is a distraction and a potential problem waiting to burden others.
Responsible people do their homework, they work hard, they are professional and not fragmented, and they comprehend risk and don’t want to hurt anyone. They want to succeed and are not afraid of it. They want to protect their sponsors and those they work with. They care about their family and friends.
They are not lazy, they are meaningful people with purpose. They stand out because there is something good in them fundamentally and they adhere to considerate behaviors so they don’t get sucked down by imposters.
Those who disrespect our PWC boating culture are migratory thieves. They do not architect the future for our community, they destroy opportunity. It happens in the recreational PWC community and we see it more often in the surfing community because they love the camera and media attention. Some of this is due to sponsorships or hopes of, and they too will sell out for silly mishap likes. Mutable problems of wrong that hold progress hostage.
These imitators are not the center of the surfing world, they are casting the future potential of dangerous boating behaviors into the lineup. It’s like choosing between good and evil and that is entirely on them. This is an ultimate responsibility of your or their operational safety and everyone in a 300’ foot radius you could impact in 100 different ways, and it needs to be made right. This is not about short term pleasure or ego, or the primary call of adventure that is so terribly seductive, it’s the protection of the temptation to resist harming others.
POWER IS KNOWLEDGE IS FUNCTION IS THIRST
See people in the lineup? A boat dead head, a fishing boat under tow, a SUP or kiter? Give wide berth, slow down, alter course, resist being you and become a prudent mariner. Burns to read this doesn’t it? It will burn red hot if it’s true and sting like a mo’fucker, because the conscious of those guilty will not deny our flaws. If the surf community is pissed off, listen to them and heed their advice. Drive away and find another wave, private but be prepared for your safety and those around you.
The wave cannot be blamed. The wave did not cause loss of control of the PWC, you did. You put the PWC there, you made the decision to position it, and you need to be competent enough to manage that choice. Have you even read the Owner’s Manual yet? If not, write to me and I will send you one. Solutions are easy.
Have you considered the audience? Take a close look at a lineup all the way to the sandy shore of the nearshore drift. Do you have a right to take away their opportunity and elevate yours? Can you illustrate what their thoughts and fears may be observing you’re positioning? You need to do this.
You need to be them and they need to be you. If it doesn’t add up you are in the wrong place and have no business being there.
Is it illegal? Then you deserve to lose your boater license, be rolled back to training and having your vessel parked until you correct your safety behaviors, while you pay any necessary fines. It’s a privilege to operate a boat, don’t blow it because you are impulsive!
THE POINTS WHERE THINGS GO WRONG
• Close proximity to surfers or swimmers
• Speed of PWC
• Reckless negligent operation of a motorized vessel
• Not wearing an approved lifejacket
• Not using the Engine Cut Of Switch properly
• Not maintain the vessel (not seaworthy)
• Operating in unsafe conditions or overloading your vessel
• Not having a tow line that is functional
• Not knowing how to right a capsize Personal Water Craft
• Violation of any Local, State, Federal, Province, Prefecture, Sanctuary, laws, rules or regulations
• Swell, wave height, water depth, shoreline, tidal concerns
• Time of day
• Type of PWC being used-weight displacement, not to be operated in surf over 6.5’
• How many persons on board (POB)
• Directional maneuvering of the PWC
• Coxswain competency training for surf operations
• Coxswain PWC license/boater ID card
• PWC Insurance, registered owner liability
• Required government safety equipment to be carried on board (inspected-minimum carriage)
• Approved, properly sized and fitted lifejacket (PFD) for all persons on board (POB)
HOW MUCH IS YOUR REPUTATION WORTH?
For some people, it’s not even worth the price of a Lifejacket. Their life is as cheap as $75.00 USD. I can get a really nice dinner for that! But when you need it, you cannot afford it because it’s surfer and lifeguards have this chronic fear of being able to duck dive a wave. It’s a very powerful jet driven boat, it’s not a surfboard.
If you have fear that you are going to lose the boat in the surf, there is a reason why you are afraid, and you will lose your boat. That means you have no business being there and don’t know what you are doing with it. The irony is how big wave surfers cling to these inflatable devices but their PWC partners are afraid to wear a lifejacket…makes no sense at all. Argument is over.
You are a boater first, everything else when you are at the helm is inconsequential in a court of law. How will you present yourself to a judge and jury if called into court, what defense will you be able to present?
How about changing the conversation? Turn it all around, turn up the volume. Start hanging out with competent PWC people who care and know what they are doing, associate yourself with knowledge instead of distractions that do not want you to succeed.
Here is what you can respect, and what you can do to guide your pursuits by discipline that will allow you to achieve measurable success:
1. GPS Tracking device properly charged and tethered to Coxswain
2. Marine VHF radio properly tethered to Lifejacket of Coxswain
3. Water Whistle (leash) on Lifejacket of Coxswain
4. File a Float Plan
5. Never go out alone, use the buddy system
6. Train effectively, don’t burn gas, train with purpose
7. Observe the weather and water reports (lightning is a no-go) while underway
8. Read the Owner’s Manual, know how to do field repairs on the water and prepare your craft for launch
9. Carry proper tools and emergency supplies
10. Go over a safety plan in case things go bad or you end up helping others or need assistance yourself
11. Introduce yourself to the local authorities. Ask them to inspect your boat and give you advice
12. Know the area seasonally and study the local nautical charts, map out your timeframes and distance
13. Start logging your training and vessel maintenance, become a prudent mariner
14. Join this group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/RWCCoxswains/
15. Or this one: https://www.facebook.com/groups/KawasakiJetski/
16. Become the Solution - Join the Rescue Water Craft Association (RWCA)
Join something worthy of your life, get on board with a trusted resource, invest properly, stop wasting your time.
I learned from my PWC mistakes when I began in 1979, I know this business and human behavior. I have over 37,000 hours of training alone. I own that and I am still alive because I paid attention. Our shortcomings, our struggles are real. Strong words shared here because the truth of these matters will awaken a person who needs correction and determine that your/their awareness will no longer permit you/them to remain asleep.
Trust me, that mishap that death or that injury is coming like a freight train on your wrong way track and you won’t be able to stop it, but you can today.
If your friends cared about you and much as I do in this moment, you would not be reading my advice, getting pissed off and angry, wanting to call me some crappy name, because your real friends would have squared you away immediately and pointed you in the right direction. But they didn’t.
You can redeem yourself individually when you are no longer overwhelmed with the risk and embrace the power of scale you can incorporate in your operational efficiency. Imagine what responsibility will add to your ability to solve problems that you need.
You won’t have to avoid the short term at the expense of the long term gain, its happiness in your pursuits that gives you greater purpose and kills off the cynical binge of disaster.
Possibly I am old enough to be your mother or your grandmother, and there is great wisdom in that. I care about your reputation and your life and you better listen because you are not replaceable.
Somebody has to speak to you about your true value and care enough to say the reasons why you don’t want these mistakes. You cannot afford to screw up your life. The price is too high for you to bear, it’s not a place you want to put yourself in. This is a reason to become better than what you were doing, offer it to yourself and increase your value.
Now start caring about yourself properly. And remember; I am you and you are me.
Remember who you are.
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Posted: February 27, 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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