I found this incredibly interesting, due to my personal experience with whitewater rafting. It happened about 10 years ago. Other important information: I learned how to swim… last year.
So I was up in Lytton with a group of friends, camping and going rafting. I don’t think any of them knew that I couldn’t swim. None of the guides asked. I kept my mouth shut and went along with everything.
This story does not get as exciting as you would think; I did not fall in, I did not have to be rescued, I did not drown. But, I learned a lot.
When the going gets rough, keep paddling. You will get through it.
If you feel yourself getting bounced out of the raft (which did happen), find a lifeline and grab it.
When it is calm, reflect and prepare – and enjoy it! Look for wildlife, laugh with your raftmates, learn from the guide by asking questions!
Is this like teaching? I think so. Turbulence is where we learn; without challenge there is no growth.
And just like teaching – I was able to ‘wing it’ and survive, but I would feel a lot more confident now, because I can swim. If I were to get dumped out of the raft, I could fall back on my training to keep me afloat until I could get back in the boat. This is the piece that really got me; in order to be a skilled practitioner, it is key that I continue to seek out learning and training to be better prepared when turbulence hits.