Become The Strength


Become the Strength.

Do not be lazy or weak. The sea is full of driftwood.

In the moment of it will be important to have your behaviors accountable to the mission, if you can't do this weakness will not give you an option. Failure is imminent.

That's not what we are about at K38. That's certainly not who you are.

-Shawn Alladio

K38 Founder

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.

2018 K38 Europe Meeting

K38 Europe Meeting

This year the Rescue Water Craft K38 Europe Meeting will be held in Mechelinki 26-27 May, 2018 and is hosted by K38 Poland.

Below, I present the content of our workshop organization. The Bay of Gdansk in Poland is very interesting, difficult, with dangerous places, wrecks, Islands and beautiful places and charming ports and scoped. It's here for the participants we've prepared a variety of challenges in this area such as patrol, navigation, indicative, search patterns.

The K38 Europe Workshop events will start at Morska Baza Szkoleniowa Mechelinki. Wypożyczalnia Kajaków. It begins right after the afternoon at the place where the conference on duty ends! Gdynia 2018.

The first day is part lecture based upon; team presentation, hydro, hydrology, navigation, map, GPS, checking units.

K38 Poland operating since 2015


The second day will be conducted with water assignments. These will be dealt with by participants in up in gulf waters.

At the end of the workshop, discussion at the end of the adventure will take place for a debriefing.

• Teams double on their own Rescue Water Craft with platform;
• Fuel will be filled in its own range
• Route is planned so that it is possible to refuel, each crew must own its own fuel containers. 20 l fuel (transported by technical team operating workshop)
• Participants are non-commercial operators and are required to comply with standard standards in particular with regard to safety in this PPE
• Cost of participation is £ 500 per person, payable by 10 May
We already have a few declaration of participation from Poland as well as from abroad. Sounds like an interesting meeting and international work on water. See you soon!

K38 Europe Meeting - Mechelinki 26-27 Maja 2018
MIli Państwo

Poniżej przedstawiam akwen naszych warsztatowych zmagań. Zatoka Gdańska, to akwen niezmiernie ciekawy, trudny, z niebezpiecznymi miejscami, wrakami, wyspami, pięknymi miejscami i urokliwymi portami i przystaniami. To tutaj dla uczestników przygotowaliśmy zadania patrolowe, nawigacyjne, orientacyjne, poszukiwawcze.

Warsztat zaczynamy w Morska Baza Szkoleniowa Mechelinki. Wypożyczalnia Kajaków. po południu w miejscu gdzie kończy się konferencja On Duty! Gdynia 2018. Pierwszy dzień, to część wykładowa (prezentacja team'ów, hydrografia, hydrologia, nawigacja, mapa, gps, checking jednostek).

Drugi dzień, to zadania na wodzie. Konkretów nie zdradzam. Będą to zadania rozwiązywane przez uczestników na bierząco na wodach Zatoki.

Po zakończonym warsztacie omówienie przy grillu.
• team dwuosobowy ze swoim własnym skuterem z platformą
• paliwo tankowane we własnym zakresie - trasę zaplanowaliśmy tak aby była możliwość tankowania, każda ekipa musi posiadać swój kanister min. 20l paliwa ( transportowany przez team techniczny obsługujący warsztat)
• uczestnicy są operatorami K38 i obowiązani są przestrzegania standardów K38 zwłaszcza w zakresie bezpieczeństwa w tym PPE
• koszt uczestnictwa, to 500 zł od osoby, płatne do 10 maja

Mamy już kilka deklaracja uczestnictwa z Polski jak i z zagranicy (Włochy, Norwegia, wstępnie Wielka Brytania). Zapowiada się ciekawe spotkanie i międzynarodowa praca na wodzie.

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.



Let's consider how we are to determine a level and stable Rescue Water Craft trim capability.

It's not just the mechanical advantages that some make, models and year of production Rescue Water Craft have, sometimes it is simply operator knowledge or the lack thereof.

The pump plays a vital roll in trim and balance. Why? Because the Rescue Water Craft levels out easier under power than in a standing position where the likelihood of capsizing or falls overboard increases.

The type of water and the water conditions are a big part of the story.
How will we determine our specific Personal Water Craft jet pump maximum efficiency? Are you noting the type of water conditions?

1. Saltwater
2. Freshwater
3. Waves
4. Swell
5. Wakes
6. Current
7. Calm Water
8. Turbulent water

Operators and administrators or teams may ask; how can I increase my trim function, pump efficiency and forward movement or maintain a level steady boat of speed?

Water action and shifting weight.........


That is not an easy question to answer. It requires introspection of several elements:

1. Helm and Throttle Control
2. Mindset of the Operator and their knowledge base, including vessel familiarity
3. Vessel type and specifications
4. Fundamental knowledge of trim packages/capabilities
5. Effective knowledge of environmental factors
6. Weight, drag, thrust and hydro dynamic affects
7. Directional turns
8. Wear and tear and replacement or preventative maintenance and inspection
9. Type of rescue board (Towable aquaplane device) and its attachment policy

As you can see, trim is a variety of technical advantages or disadvantages and it all leads up to the Operators.
Rescue Water Craft Operators are responsible for the safe transport underway and to deliver a level, steady and stable boat.

Don't rock the boat!


Trim is essentially dependent on all of the above for consistent efficiency. It is also dependent excessively on operator knowledge of when to modulate the throttle for acceleration and deceleration from the changing phases of:

1. Displacement of water against the hull
2. Planing speed
3. High speed turns
4. Low speed turns

Hull Types
1. Flat Bottom
2. Semi-V
3. Deep V

There are a variety of variable trim systems for personal watercraft depending upon:
1. Make of Personal Water Craft
2. Year of Production
3. Model
4. Two Stroke/Four Stroke engine

Take a Course with us and discover your operational success. We are ready to take you to the fastrack of professional
operations by assisting you in your technical Rescue Water Craft Qualification.

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.

K38 Surf Rescue Training Kawasaki TS Jet Ski


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.

K38 Training Kawasaki Tandem Sport Jet Ski Sacramento Sheriff


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





En nuestros cursos de K38, se utilizan estándares probados por más de 25 años, por eso preparamos a profesionales de la operación de rescate de motos de agua.

No te pierdas el próximo curso en Tenerife los días 4, 5 y 6 de Mayo, curso Nivel 1,2,3. en 3 días quedarás preparado bajo los estándares de la organización de mayor prestigio a nivel mundial.

K38 Canary Islands provides educational Rescue Water Craft courses for occupational users such as fire rescue or lifeguards.

No te pierdas el próximo curso en Tenerife los días 4, 5 y 6 de Mayo, curso Nivel 1,2,3. en 3 días quedarás preparado bajo los estándares de la organización de mayor prestigio a nivel mundial.

We are committed to helping our clients modernize their programs. We provide intensive training programs from Stage 1 through 5.
Our first three stages are the cornerstone of our standardization and best practices.

K38 Training Programs Support Professional Actions


In our K38 Canary Island courses we employ Rescue Water Craft standards that were created years ago when the company back in 1989. The Rescue Water Craft standards were created over time from review of critical assessments of operational behaviors and embracing and redefining the positive attributes for training others.

Our goals are simple and true, we aim to help prepare professionals for the Jet Rescue Operation in the Canary Islands.

Certification is a way to protect your reputation, your equipment and to save your own life when an incident becomes demanding.

Do not miss the next course in Tenerife on 4, 5 and 6th of May, 2018.

The training course levels presented are Stages 1,2,3 covering 3 days of instruction.

You will be prepared and trained under the standards of the highest level of operations worldwide.

We shall see you soon!


Del 4 al 6 de Mayo estaremos realizando el curso K38 Rescue Water Craft Nivel 1,2,3 en S/C de Tenerife - Canarias.

Si quieres más info, enviar email a

Curso dirigido para Operadores de Motos de agua de organizaciones de Rescate, socorristas, bomberos, deportistas y personas que quieran aprender a operar una Moto de agua bajo los mejores estándares a nivel Mundial.

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.

Speak Up Lives Depend On It


  • It is unfair if an Operator is driving too fast for the conditions or over 25 mph during transits with persons on board.
  • It is unfair if a crewperson is not functional or operationally sound working on a rescue board.
  • It is unfair if a rescue board is not affixed to the stern deck of a Rescue Water Craft adequately. Notice I state ‘adequately’ as this a gray area dependent on many contributing factors.
  • It is unfair if a Rescue Water Craft is not operationally sound and still in service. Silence is admission.

Distractions can be numerous. Attention to situational awareness requires our focus. We must be vigilant as leaders in our full capabilities as operators and program managers.

Relationships are established through connectivity. This requires of us our effort of service and command. We must command our presence and be aware of fatigue, shortcomings and lack of preparation.

Rescue Water Craft Training for Night Qualification


I have a saying ‘85% preparation and 15% underway time’. That is an honest assessment. It’s boring. Preparation is tedious and time consuming. Too often responders focus on the recovery and forget the mission workup. This includes electronics, trailers, rigging, rescue boards, PPE, and all accessary gear and parts.

We all need a foundation to rely upon. This means our fundamental core values are our continuing strength. Speak up when you know something is not working properly.

‘Back to the Basics’ is a long standing catch phrase of reason, let’s keep that in mind and not be distracted from normal operations.
The pre-operations checklists and logs that go into your program docket are what will keep your program regulated. It helps to discover potential problems or shortcomings that will lead up to a mishap and hopefully these evaluations are conducted prior to an accident or serious injury.

Operations of normal standard behaviors should not be dismissed or ignored. Adhering to the basics will ensure program longevity. We cannot afford the penalties of reality when it suddenly gets real and we discover we should have done that, dismissed doing that, or ignored doing that because we could.

But we shouldn’t. Speak Up. We should be held accountable. Liability is a serious reminder of competency.

Rescue Board Training and Inspection

What can you do to comply?

  1. Review all of your log books.
  2. Be familiar with the checklists and complete all form fields.
  3. Make sure you understand how the checklists apply to the equipment you are using so your reviews are effective and not just a habit to fill in the blank.
  4. Inspect your PPE and remove it from service if needed.
  5. Be fearless in removing any gear or equipment from operational use with the control measures in place by your protocols and procedures.

Practicing effective basics

There is a time not to go. You may discover that you will have to take a RWC out of service and that coverage will be significantly reduced. Have a backup plan for downed equipment and make sure you have the budget to maintain efficient operations.

Checklist help insure your program. They are reminders of requirements that rely upon your mental and physical action. Practicing effective basics of the fundamentals will allow you to have the capability to catch mistakes before they become mishaps.

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.

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