Identify Your Weak Operators. Identify your role as team leader or administrator.

Strength and Weakness are reciprocal. Insert either word and we still discover the same framework of concern.

How much foundational knowledge do you possess to manage a Marine Unit?

What is an Marine Unit Administrator? What is a Coxswain? They are the Operator. They are the Captain. They are in charge of the Crew. They are in charge of the ship (Rescue Water Craft). It is important to identify your weak Coswains for a variety of reasons:

1. Reduction of liability through competence
2. Teaming (building a cohesive unit)
3. Safety at Sea
4. Operational Integrity
5. Mentoring
6. Operational Acumen

It is the precision of opposites we identify. We can easily state this is the same 6 criterion needs for a strong operator or crew!


When you can identify the weakness in your Operators you have a distinct advantage to identify the complimentary strengths in your team. This is something that needs to be conducted periodically.

How can you make an assessment?

1. Review the condition of the Rescue Water Craft(s)
2. Review the condition of the trailering and Transport equipment
3. Quiz the Operators
4. Skillset assess monthly the technical ability of your team
5. Rate the level of competency and assign the rating in the database
6. Describe the shortcomings and capabilities, make improvement on both!
7. Assign degrees of performance related to service work

If you have an Operator that is identified as problematic in techincal skills, but is high in managing equipment, perhaps a reassignment is necessary? Where are their strengths? What are they comfortable doing? What are the uncomfortable doing?

Provide an honest counseling session regarding performance, executive and completion of all tasks. Ask them if they would be willing to take on another level and manage that specific area of the program. Correlate that with documentation that will verify their factual performance and related success or defaults.

It is important that an administrator oversees and inspects the performance of the team, leaders and program guidelines.

You may need an outside program assessor to partner with who is unbiased but willing to check deficiencies that could lead to a lawsuit, injury, death or program destruction. There is nothing wrong with this, but everything goes wrong when it's not in place and considered important.

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Strength is a needed ingredient in program management and sustainability, but how do we measure strength?

Is id conducted by setting a program and essentially abandoning it year after year because its always been that way or do we determine to investigate the program failures and success?

That begins with the personnel in charge. Whether administrators, operators, crew or mechanics the teaming aspect is critical for future safety as well as present safety and program sustainability.

Make a commitment right now to review your Rescue Water Craft program.

Interview your team.

Ask them what they think is working well and what areas they would like to see changes.

Be courageous and represent integrity, as you may be saving one of your team members reputation or your own.

Care About Your Team


Conduct periodic program reviews. Inspect equipment. Look at mishap or injury reports. Get the entire team together and ask them to share with you their concerns. Do they have adequate budget? Do they have the right equipment? Is the service of the boats adequate? Do they believe their skills are competent?

Review other mishaps. Can you see your team in the video or storyline?

...Otherwise the door is open for a mishap.

Don't wait until you have to learn from a lesson.

Take the lessons now and make a plan. A solid plan.

People do not have to get hurt, Rescue Water Craft do not have to be damaged to learn a lessonM, nor reputations damaged.

Backing up and slowing down your program flow can save your department and your staff intense grief and discouragement.

Review your mishaps. The story is in the actions and the subsequent behaviors can be alerted.

Ask us how we know?

Good luck, we wish you a safe and noble program that you are proud of and your people are operating safely!

Posted: 10.27.2018

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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.

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.

Personal Watercraft Industry Law Loan Program


In 2018, the PWIA Law Loan Program entered its 30th year supporting public and federal safety agencies with personal watercraft from Yamaha Motors Corporation USA, and Kawasaki Motors Corporation USA. The program began in 1989.

This program has essentially the same terms and conditions in 2012 that it had at its beginnings in 1989, when it was launched. In just the past year over 100 agencies acquired loan units through their local Kawasaki JET SKI® watercraft dealers.

The history of the Public Agency Law Loan Program began in Southern California. The champion of the Public Agency Law Loan Program came through the efforts of Mr. Roger Hagie. Roger was an employee of Kawasaki Motors Corporation USA (KMC) and determined in the late 1980's that this program needed to be implemented to serve public safety. He had the vision to determine that these unique small power craft would become a patrol and lifesaving mainstay.

He worked along with fellow Kawasaki staff member Ms. Jan Plessner in Public Affairs and Mr. John Donaldson from Yamaha Motors Corporation USA to support programs across the United States, of which K38 was an early participant as a supporting instructor.

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In the 22 years of operation, the program has loaned approximately 4000 machines to well over 700 individual agencies. The value of these loans reaches over $20 million.

This program has been a big supporter of American communities saving taxpayers monies and supporting our local law enforcement and Search and Rescue groups.

K38 has been providing Rescue Water Craft boat operations qualification training for these agencies in concert with the PWIA Law Loan Program since 1989.

K38 has assisted hundreds of public safety agencies and thousands of personnel in competency training for these unique small boats.

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Regardless if an agency has a seasoned marine unit or are at their conceptual program design, we can assist you in answering the question and concerns you have for the development of your RWC Marine Unit (Rescue Water Craft).

K38 along with the American Watercraft Association (AWA) have provided free training programs to select agencies nationwide through the H20 Responder Safety Days.

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

K38 Chile Hosts Stage 3 Course in May

K38 Chile Hosts a Stage 3 RWC Course

K38 Chile is proud to announce a Rescue Water Craft Stage 3 Open Water Course on May 4, 5 and 6thm, 2018 in Iquique, Chile.

K38 Chile is hosting the training course which is 3 days of training or what we refer to as a Stage 3 training program.  This training is for recreational use or for the professional development for a Rescue Water Craft operator.


ATENTO NORTE de CHILE, Curso K38 Operador RWC Nivel 1,2,3 a desarrollarse en IQUIQUE.

Más info en K38 Chile Website

Lo desarrollaremos los días 4, 5 y 6 de Mayo en IQUIQUE, donde enseñaremos los estándares de operación con Moto de agua de K38 Chile.

Si eres operador recreativo o de rescate, esta es tu oportunidad de vivir la experiencia de poder adquirir los conocimientos para una operación Profesional de Moto de agua.

K38 Chile Instructor Gonzalo Sepulveda


A la fecha ya llevamos 3 cursos de K38 Chile Operador RWC Nivel 3, han sido alumnos de Argentina y Chile, quienes se han entrenado con nosotros.

Cada grupo tiene la obligación de ponerse un nombre y con este se quedan para siempre, es así como tenemos los siguientes Grupos de Nuevos operadores:

Este nivel tiene una duración de 1 día completo, donde realizamos los check list de embarcaciones y tablas de rescate, y luego nos vamos al agua a desarrollar habilidades de operación más avanzadas, todas en relentí (lento), para después pasar a realizar practica de técnicas de rescate de victima consciente, inconsciente, utilizando rescatista, con 1, 2,3 victimas, etc.. constantemente se van cambiando los roles de los alumnos, todos serán operadores, rescatistas y victimas.
En todo momento los instructores estarán observando todos los movimientos de los alumnos, para realizar correcciones y discusiones de mejoras.
Para realizar el Nivel 3, es necesario haber aprobado una prueba escrita a primera hora del día y que el instructor de el visto bueno para que el alumno realice el Nivel 3, de acuerdo a lo observado durante todo el día


Este curso es Nivel 3, para lo cual se requieren 3 días de entrenamiento, debes contar con licencia nautica para operar este tipo de embarcaciones.

Attentive North of Chile, course k38 operator level 1,2,3 to develop in iquique.