Overcoming Hypothermia - brrrrr - I am cold, cold cold
Maybe 20 years ago, I was nominally in charge of a group of female trainers. I say nominally, because they had their own manager and they did the job they needed to do without much intervention from me. They wanted to go on a leadership development course and they wanted me to come too.
On the River
It turned out that the latest recommended courses were outdoors and this one took place on a local river. It was May time but not that warm, certainly not swimming costume weather! We were told to bring a COMPLETE change of clothes with us.
Build a Raft
The challenge was to build a raft and pole it up the river a mile or mile and a half. The materials were oil drums and rope. None of us had a clue and I kept quiet (it was THEIR course), so the leadership trainers built the raft for us. We all had to get on it and pole. A raft does not have a rudder or a keel so it's hard work poling against the current and a number of our group did not have any muscles, not that they admitted to anyway!
Of course it broke apart (but we didn't build it). I still don't know if that was deliberate, to see how we would react. Anyway, I found myself in the water, fully clothed. It was only up to my chest and I had no intention of getting out of the water and walking the rest of the way, so I pushed the raft. I had trainers on my feet, so no worries about rocks. The other two who got wet had to walk along the river bank at the same pace as the raft.
We made it. One of the leadership trainers had a camera and took a photo of me coming out of the water but I never saw it. It was hardly "Venus rising from the waves"!
Once out, the wind hit and I was frozen. I don't know how the other two wet ones felt but I drove straight home and into a bath, to warm up. I had an icicle where my stomach was!
I was very cold tonight, working in my room with no heat on and not getting up to turn it on because I knew I was going to have a bath. Getting into the bath really cold reminded me of the time I pushed the raft 20 years ago and had to overcome hypothermia!
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