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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STAY THE COURSE

PUSH TO THE LIMIT AND OVER TO THE POSSIBLE

TRIUMPH
"Stay the course" is a phrase used in the context of a war or battle. It means to pursue a goal regardless of obstacles or criticism.

We are in a water safety war of ‘mediocrity opposing professionalism'. We are lacking the spirit of service and rendering culture rant of spirit through service.

Shared values and standards are raised by battle flags of associations and instructors who draw and quarter throwing stones at one another in mute silence, meanwhile the issue festers; where are our seamanship skills?

What is the best way to conduct a rescue, stay safe and finish the ending? Doesn’t THIS matter!

These turf wars are seen around the world. We need to be cognizant of these errors in territorial mapping.

We have fewer shared values while simultaneously more open means of prompt communication are available, yet we suck.

This does not devalue the need for qualification and vetting as instructors for students. Our standards are rooted in boating safety not Swiftwater rescue or water rescue itself, we are boaters first, utility use is a secondary pursuit.

There is no ‘secret squirrel stuff’ going on with our company. We have loaded more free content, shared more videos, shared valuable posts and blog content, PDF’s and PowerPoints, awarded more scholarships, created more open doors of connectivity than any Rescue Water Craft association or private company.

We are a business and all businesses - just like associations requires funding and ways to generate revenue. We did not use taxpayer funds to build our company; we paid the way ourselves. We bought our own equipment. We didn’t sell or promote classes as a branding tool for products that other companies would like to see penetrate this market.

We never used equipment from public safety agencies as if it were our own to sell courses. We have not used government assets as our own. We were not paid to learn or get certified or train by taxpayer money, we paid the way ourselves. We led from the waterline and risked our life with no backup or support system.

We are the only qualified company in the world that has done this in our community. Apparently, we are despised by many. This is a reflection of internal corruption in our community and our willingness to shoulder the responsibility and scrutinize our motives as we hold a steady line. We are not cowards and we do not weaken our community; we protect it from harm.

Judge character for yourself. We don’t generate problems. Our intention is to be a solution to tyranny and recklessness. We are a conduit of community by inviting others to tell their operational truth.

STAND UP AND HAVE YOUR SAY

Does this give us leverage? Yes, it does - we made commitments based on sacrifice no others would be willing to do unless a badge was held in front of them. We went to every waterway on the continents to discover the weather, the water, cultural differences and personalities, language and genders. We did this at our own expense to benefit others. We listened to people. We respected others. We respect our ancestry in the maritime community.

No, we have not been perfect, we have made mistakes and remedial corrections after eating humble pie and continue to do so. Continually we asked for advice and seek out boating knowledge from around the world and throughout time.

For our human capacity, we communicate intelligibly to our community. We do not block or restrict others. We don’t have that on our spiritual account. We do not allow predators to lie about their negative representation of our company.

We do everything we can to help our competitors and their clients. We reach out and invite these instructors in our community, we have certified them in our own courses and paid for their instructor courses so they could thrive. They do not acknowledge this publicly. We know one another and there are no secrets here.

To grow our community is vital so we all spiral upward. We negotiate the peace in our community while others hold onto war and its deep and longstanding. We do our best to take the mote our of our eye, and we encourage others to do the same.

Humans personalize the sacredness of water safety; (much like everything in life) we are obligated to give back and to equalize what we receive. We are not avatars of a group, or a twitter mob of anger, we are not interested in power or pitting others against one another, we are not appalling.

We dive deep, we do not tread the shallow waters, we go where it is uncomfortable and we speak the correctness we also aspire to represent. We believe in fundamental training truths and accountability.

Notice how our phrasing is inclusive? It’s about we, us, you, ours; not mine, me and I.

I am hated because I know who these people are and they know I have their number. They don’t want to shoulder the responsibility of our community properly. They want territory, and this accounts for cowardice. This weakens their teams, their command, their student cadre and our maritime community. The fault does not lie anywhere else but with us as respective instructors and companies. We know who we are and who they are.

Judge our training character. Judge our ways, words and actions, judge our student behaviors. Bring it to the table for remedial action and networking = how to make things better.

Judge our safety record, the highest in the industry ever.

Judge our 37,000 hours of instruction and the programs we assisted to develop.

Judge that we created the Military programs and MRV training. Just that we created the certification program to operate in big wave conditions aka NOAA's High Surf Advisories. Judge that we create Night Operation training. Judge that we created Swiftwater/flood and tsunami response training. Judge that we created the only training and manuals available for Course Marshals and water event safety.

We did it all, and we did it with thousands of professionals and competent companies supporting the mission. We did not do this alone, we did it as a team with the Personal Water Craft industry and professionals who need solutions for their work, but we were the impetus, the genesis and they continue the outreach.

There is along pedigree of partnership that has benefited thousands in over 40 countries, we did not do this alone, they did it by participation.

So, if you are better, we become better. If companies or individuals would stop being defensive and break the wall with humility, and that somebody in that structure has the courage to speak the truth instead of defending cowardice, who is it going to be? Who is this person going to be? It is going to be me.

People are afraid to stand up because they fear the reality of discrimination and retribution. That is a real fear, the bullies are angry, disturbing and aggressive. There are ethical decisions being made. There is no weight on my conscious make sure there is none on yours.

I do not have fear here because I have been facing discrimination by my water safety colleagues for decades, so its water off the back of this duck. They helped me more than they realize and I want to help them back, with camaraderie and respect.

Let’s not cause harm. Let’s not lie to our water safety community. Let’s investigate together fact versus fiction. Let’s challenge one another’s methods without fear and insecurity. We do this for our students we should have no problem doing it for one another.

We are a unifying force of goodwill, that is the identify of K38; we are not adversarial or stabbing others in a jealous attempt of academy. We rely on evidence.

My company has faced sexism like a pyroclastic flow. My instructors were judged because of me being a woman, which is so unfair to their desire to teach. Did it stop them? Not at all.

LEVERAGE

And what does this mean? Scandalous episodes that have backfired consistently, the attacks are real and perplexing. Have any of these folks taken our training and decided for themselves?

Yes, I had 4 men from Hawai’i come to train with me. As soon as they met me, they told me to my face they wanted to see for themselves if I was a liar or not. They did not sugar coat their intention. As we migrated through the training, respect was exchanged.

Behaviors were challenged and corrected; admissions of a goal were mutable and we agreed to the process we partnered with in spirit. This is how peace is negotiated, by action and partnership, we did not exchange lies. Thank you Pohaku and Pake. Value is allegiance to believe in something better than ourselves, and we have to earn it by effort.

Today there are new companies who are working hard on their own effort and merit and they encounter a lot of negative attacks and jealousy. We can recognize it because we have borne the brunt of it for years. We want nothing more than their ultimate and sustained success.

Humans are not basically good, they are good and bad, some are downright evil. This is not escaped within the hierarchy of the water safety community. It’s not discussed publicly out of fear.

Knowing this is the first step of community. We need both sides, we need the good and the bad because each person believes they are the best that is within, regardless of what the perception is without.

I am not a victim of anything other than success and the subsequent suffering and sacrifice it demands furthering the support of others in responsible measures. I was willing to take on that responsibility.

Let’s join forces and create an unstoppable team of safety warriors.

We are not rational as humans we have complex private issues that plague us; when we join together, we can help one another become rational, and we will change our water safety culture. Our young people deserve good mentors worthy of their audience. Not pride and ego, they need caring selfless mentors.

We are not good by ourselves. We are good when we come together united. We need to join our community so we can all become better at our respective goals.

We have to take care of our water rescue community with a value of sacrifice and service.

We invite everyone to participate and come to the table of accountability.

This is how we stop the common phrase often uttered after every mishap:
WE WILL LEARN LESSONS FROM THIS

In reality we will repeat them and kill people, so we better be ready for that.

Join the Rescue Water Craft Association: www.RescueWaterCraft.org

The Truth is the Way and the Path of Right, but it is destructive to painful to recognize what we need to change.

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Posted: June 12, 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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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.

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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Have any questions? Join the Rescue Water Craft Association
and discover what your community is doing to modernize standards, safety and reduce liability!
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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.

USE IT

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.

Count.

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?

Be Consistent in Behaviors and Constantly Asses, Critique and Correct.

KEEP THINKING

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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Posted 1.13.2019

Have any questions? Join the Rescue Water Craft Association
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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.