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Situational Awareness has many definitions. The most widely accepted seems to be Endsley’s “the perception of elements in the environment within a volume of time and space, the comprehension of their meaning, and the projection of their status in the near future.” Boiling that down, it essentially means knowing what is going on around you and what actions you may need to take to achieve a predetermined outcome.
Why do we train? I, as most good instructors, continue to go to various training courses, many of which can seem to be a basic type of class. I try to blend in, but inevitably someone will learn about my background and ask why I would ever be there in the first place. It seems people have this mis-notion that if you have a certain resume you shouldn’t have to take another class in your life.