Yesterday I spent all day getting the above certificate. It felt like I was in ground school. I have to thank my wife for volunteering me for this nine hour course starting at 8:00 a.m Sunday morning. She actually volunteered me for a "trainer's" certificate last month which then meant her volunteering me for my son's hockey team as a trainer. The term "trainer" is a misnomer, it should be called safety officer.
A trainer must be present every game so that means I must now bid Fridays off and also Mondays for practice. This was my excuse for not volunteering before, but the boss wouldn't buy into it anymore.
But in order to be allowed to stand on the bench or enter the dressing room, I require a security check. I guess my Transport Canada pass allowing me to command an airliner and enter most airports around the world doesn't count. But what a minute, this security check came with a stipulation of fingerprints. I've been on the waiting list for four weeks. This is for my son's house league team consisting of 13 year olds. I went to the police station today to see if I could speed up the process. "Oh no sir, you have to go to the other police station which does fingerprints." Where have we gone wrong?
I guess the finger prints I did for the Feds is not good enough or maybe their computer doesn't talk to the other.
But wait, I have to do a "speak out course" which can be done online entailing three hours or take a four hour course. It's filled with common sense just like CRM.
I remember one chief pilot from another company telling me, "CRM only works for the people that don't need it." Hmmm?
Speaking of CRM, some pilots do not realize it should be used in most facets of life.
However, you'll see CRM break down with company hockey games (I no longer play with my co-workers) and on private pilot forums. There are cardinal rules but these are two places where rules are broken.
While sitting in hockey ground school I learned a few acronyms (aviation must take the cake as far as acronyms): STOP (Safety Toward Other Players). AAA (Attitude, Awareness and Action)
So now I am an over qualified trainer. I am told each team needs a coach, assistant coach, trainer and a manager. Remember folks, we are talking house league here.