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What does your water rescue certification mean to you and to others?
It's not a piece of paper. It's an representation of skillsets based on standardization of the best practices and current methods that enable you to commence your training or professional development and your ability to acquire the necessary hours and skills of expertise to perform your duties safely and with competence.
Certification programs are often mismanaged, misguided and abused both by agencies and participants such as instructor and student cadre. Mainly due to budget, time and resource.
The certification program enables you to understand specific risks, comprehension of water and equipment needs and to prepare for recovery and transport of survivors, casualities and equipment or produce searches and or manage events.
The liability issue is the cornerstone of capability. You have either done your homework, are physically and emotionally fit, have the proper equipment and hours underway and understand how to effectively utilize it in the exact environment you will be operating in, or you do not.
A certificate for a recipient who has been vetted and tested is not a 'get out of jail' free card. It is a serious responsibility of defending and representing standards. Occupational users need to be prepared for what a 3 year certificate enables them to utilize in field work. Certificates are revokable if the operator proves to be negligent and disregard their operational standards they were tested under.
This is a serious liability issue. Safety is a trust that you earn every time you deploy. It will require of you to produce values and exceed them. It will require of you to understand the parameters of your certification.
Let's have your attention, your focus and in the end, your understanding for this important subject. - K38/Shawn Alladio
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