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K38 UK is operated by Mr. Ben Granata and an international Afffiliate of K38 Water Safety USA.
For this Episode we will be discussing the 2013 Training Schedule for the UK and Ireland this year and what to look ahead for specialized RWC training.
Ben Granata provides Rescue Water Craft training to law enforcement, fire brigades and lifesavers specifically involved in Search and Rescue using these unique small power craft. K38 UK utilized Yamaha Waverunners for their training modules. You can visit: www.K38UK.com
KANALU K38 - Hawaiian Struggle to Adapt to National Association of State Boating Law Administrators Standards
Hawai'i has faced a difficulty phase emerging in the boater education outreach to an professionally and standardized effort for safe and responsible boater education problems.
We will be discussing the ongoing problems and addressing the solutions that are in place, and how the shortfalls are compromised between separate agencies leadership, vision and accountability towards conformity. Who is qualified to teach boating safety standards and who isn't?
The National Association of State Boating Law Administrators is our lead guide to base our training programs from. All Kanalu K38 instructors are National Safe Boating Council certified educators. Kanalu K38 has led the way for boating education in the Hawaiian islands since 2008. The National Safe Boating Council’s (NSBC) Instructor Training
Course is designed to prepare instructor candidates to teach effective NASBLA-approved basic boating safety courses to recreational boaters nationwide About Kanalu K38
To promote responsible boaters both recreational and occupational users through professional and approved boater education sanctions in association with National Safe Boating Council standards.
The NASBLA Model Act for Mandatory Boating Safety Education was originally adopted by the NASBLA Membership on September 13, 2000. In 2005, the NASBLA Education Committee approved and recommended an updated version as part of the Association’s Model Act Revision and Standardization Project. Kanalu K38 Forum: http://k38watersafety.com/forum/forumdisplay.php?f=8
K38 Founder Shawn Alladio and owner of K38 UK Ben Granata will be discussing why it is so hard to effect positive change that will benefit the greater good of humanity in the water rescue field of 'Rescue Water Craft Operations'?
We will delve into the complex and simple issues related to empircal thinking, hubris and the political sizing that blocks the flow of positive results in the lifesaving field.
This will be a great show!
K38's Shawn Alladio and K38 UK Ben Granata discuss event safety and management. The myriad issues that surround the often used catch phrase 'safety' don't always translate into a reality based cover for special events.
Is it the event managers?
The lack of funding?
Is it because the risks are not understood?
What should you be looking at as a competitor if you are attending a special event. What kind of safety concerns should be looking for. We will have a round table discussion from our event participation and the woes of safety from those who provide it. We may be providing it, but that doesn't mean the management wants it.
"SAFETY MEANS DANGER" - Shawn Alladio
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
2014 Liquid Militia Team Weekend - Another Team Success!
Our Clothing Brand Liquid Militia hosts an annual 'Liquid Militia Team Weekend' campout. We have been producing these for years to honor and support our LM Brand team riders. The week long campout is held over Memorial weekend and is a private invitational event. Our motto for Liquid Militia is 'Get Wet or Go Home', nobody in our crew has a problem wtih that, in fact drying out is not an option.
Every year our Team Weekend favors a theme. This year we had the 'GOLDEN TICKET'. Redeemed at a drawing for winning the items donated by our coolest PWC brands and companies, attendees had the chance to strike gold. We were honored to host the Santa Barbara #1 band The Caverns on Friday night for a personal concert on the beachfront.
We honored our nation's military heroes over Memorial weekend with a memorial flag display and paid tribute to those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice protecting and defending out nation.
The food was too numerous to mention, special thanks to Hydrotruf, Kyla Dominguez and Ryan Smith and the Hamade family for their crayfish boil and nightly dinner support!
Our Team Riders are listed here on this link:
Let's discuss a recap of the weeks' festivities and happening events. Thanks for those who support our Brand and live the lifestyle.
I get asked this question constantly, ‘how do I do what you are doing’? The answer is that I do not have the answer, that is for you to decide and it begins with a discovery phase and personal volition.
I manage a company (K38) that is an educational provider for occupational users with the knowledge being applied to their agency requirements and area of operations. K38 is not an organization that provides volunteer opportunities for RWC use, but I do have supportive answers that I followed myself through the years to get to the level of volunteerism that I enjoy today.
My lessons learned were prior to RWC’s being accepted by safety agencies beginning in the late 1970’s, many years have passed and I’m still learning and adapting my knowledge base. There are great organizations you can investigate and interview to discover if you fit into their mission status and if you have a willingness to ‘pay your dues’ and join up.
Perhaps you don’t have a Rescue Water Craft background but you have passion for volunteering your energies. In the back of your mind there is a gnawing thought you visit often, you want to help. You don’t have any direct connections. You don’t know anyone and you don’t know where to start.
Perhaps you own your own Personal Watercraft and have assisted others in the past while out riding and you realize the value of helping others and want to apply yourself through a focused group effort. First off realize that you are addressing a ‘specific use’ of application.
Water Rescue Teams often employ several different methods, and disciplines or they may not use Rescue Water Craft (PWC). Typically a Rescue Water Craft is not the sole tool of water safety needs, it’s one of many employed on ‘some’ teams.
Let's look at constructive ideas for you!
2013 Never Quit Challenge
NEVER QUIT CHALLENGE - Personal Water Craft Adventure to benefit the Naval Special Warfare Community, Army, USCG and supporting Charities. An Invitational Kawasaki JETSKI Adventure operated by military Veteran teams on-board Personal Water Craft. Transit: Key West, Florida to New York City, New York U.S.A. Mileage: 1,600 Timeline: 6 days, 266 miles per day or less Staging in Key West, Florida September 5th, 2013 Departure: September 6th, 2013 Completion: September 11, 2013 The Never Quit Challenge teams are comprised of PWC Operators whom are specifically invited and trained by K38. They are US Veterans from our military special operations divisions. This is not an adventure that is open to the public for participation, it is a charity driv
My youngest daughter Shaniah who is 9 years strong is going to talk about me (her mother). She has agreed to give her impression of my work from her perspective.
This will be a fun short episode from daughter to mother. I'm looking forward to hearing her take on 'how things are'.
Love you Shinny Shoo
Where are the women in RWC operations worldwide?
Why are we not seeing more females involved in boat operations worldwide?
What are the realities and limitations experienced?
Who are the mentors and what are their experiences and results?
Do women want to do this type of job?
What are the differences in attitude that exist between male and female counterparts in the RWC world?
Let's delve into the realities, myths and concerns of gender based operational trends and current levels of participation.
We hope to hear from you on this important and relevant topic regarding women in the RWC field.
Big Wave Surfing - Water Safety
The Best Practices Or Not?
The words fit easily enough, but do they work?
What is big wave water safety?
It's broiled in the concepts from the EMS responder mindset, the atheltes involved, the sponsors who support equipment or fuding for expeditions, the silent families left behind and the water rescue specialist.
Whom is considered a subject matter expert for all of these applications? Self appointed or real world tried and tested, their worlds often clash in a conflict of experience, attitude and capability.
Ask me how I know?
I've been a vocale witness of this silent creep of safety chatter since 1993 when the Strapped Crew first began the catalyst we see today adopted by everyone interested in all those years of plying; safety still has not been taken seriously.
What is involved?
2. Swell/Wave Energy (weather considerations, tidal/wind/power)
3. Athlete mindset, capability (time in water and experience level, physical fitness)
4. Type of boards (tow boards/towlines/surfboards/rescue boards)
5. Preparation (training, safety gear, rest/hydration)
6. Type of Rescue Water Craft (RWC)
7. RWC training techniques and practices (credentials and accredetion)
8. EMS response, equipment, timelines, transport (land, air, water)
9. Fame or Blame - Media pressure, sponsorship expectation by athlete, athlete claim to fame, explotation of surf sites
10. The Hate Factor of Modern Surfing (everybody hates somebody-negative aspects of the sport prevent or block the ability for unity and community to further create associate bodies with lack of effective leadership values, its a 'solo' sport)
Facing Death While on the Job
Every trained occupational responder has a different reality when responding to a situation where a patient is losing their life or has lost their life. IT is derived from faith, behavior, emotional integrity and maturity, mentorship values and principles, including agency regulations. Remember who you are as a trained professional with the sacred trust that you will represent what is best about humanity. Somebody loved that person. Doing the job is not about your pride or ego, it is about service. Serve in humility.
There is no greater respect given to our dead than through humble gestures, do not forget this. While you are wrapped up in your head and dealing with the stressors and pressures you just endured, your job is not done. While their soul is departing, you need to keep your own thoughts intact until the ending of the SAR or recovery mission.
Be mindful of what you say, the tone of your voice and your actions. Not easy when we as responders have to face the hard edges of life and rescue work. It will require of you repeated reminders, self-checking and constant humility to reset your attitude back to one of grace and dignity. It is not easy if you are exposed repeatedly to the dark side of nature.
Take a moment to thank the deceased for the opportunity to be there in their final moments, remember a loved one would have traded anything to be there at that time and you were give that gift, be a good steward of that sacred trust of life and hold on till the end and reflect on how you want to be perceived professionally.
For coping with the stress of the moments endured, keep comments and humor separate from the incident and private.
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